Patient engagement is an ideal healthcare situation in which people are well-informed about -- and motivated to be involved -- in their own medical care.
According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), patients who are engaged and act as decision-makers in their own medical care tend to be healthier and to have better outcomes.
Research has shown that patient engagement initiatives have resulted in reduced hospital visits, decreased morbidity, improved adherence to treatment as well as improved quality of life for patients living with chronic diseases.
Patient engagement technologies help improve and increase communication between physicians/care teams and patients and ultimately increase care satisfaction
As a physician you need to know your patients:
Some patients are coming to see you when they have no interest to be there .They are here because the insurance requires them or they have a nagging spouse.
Then there are patients who want to take charge of their health. This could be because of a family history or could be because they have a new goal in mind like getting married/ new baby on the way.