Can a simple conversation between a patient and a clinician improve that patient’s health outcomes?
Medicine is so predicated on science – which consists of physical interventions, like taking medications and undergoing surgery – that the impact of “just” words may be overlooked.
Editor’s note: In this article, Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) reminds clinicians that if they are not educating their patients, likely the internet is.
By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)
Where Do You Get Your Medical Information?
Like most people, I simply open an internet browser and type the disease state, symptom, treatment … and I receive information … and lots of it!
According to a survey conducted by Rock Health, my using the internet to search for medical information mirrors that of the majority of people in the United States.
At the recent 4th Annual AARC Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit, Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) discussed 3 key patient safety initiatives for PPAHS for 2019.
Also speaking with Mr. Wong on the panel discussion were:
Tim Myers (Chief Business Officer, AARC) moderated the session.
The 3 key patient safety initiatives for 2019 emphasized by Mr. Wong are:
Patient health and safety advocates and the biopharmaceutical industry share a commitment to improve patient care and safety to removing obstacles to physician-prescribed medications. At the recent BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit, advocates and industry met to discuss these shared concerns. Representatives from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety attended the Summit.
There were two major key concerns discussed:
Michael Wong, JD (founder and executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) spoke about the liabilities of non-medication switching and other insurer practices, such as prior authorizations and step therapies, at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress, which took place from October 24-27, 2018. Speaking with Mr. Wong were: