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Engaging Patients and Lowering Costs: Technology to the Rescue

Engaging Patients and Lowering Costs: Technology to the Rescue
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Author(s): Tony Zordich (Business BenchmaRx, USA) and Julia Menichetti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 18
Source title: Medical Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0978-3.ch042

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Abstract

Societies need solutions to achieve the “triple aim” of improved health outcomes, better patient care, and lower costs; and engaging patients in their care by using technological solutions is claimed as a possible strategy to achieve this vital goal. On this basis, the chapter focuses on reviewing, categorizing and synthesizing technological tools currently available in the market today designed to engage patients in their own care process. In particular, the goals of medication adherence, reduced hospital readmission, behavior modification, and health literacy - with related technologies - are assessed, since they are considered todays most expensive health care burdens. The advantages, shortcomings, and potential economic impact of such tools are finally discussed.

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