Coordinating with Patient Care Teams

A medical student and two-time cancer survivor writes on the KevinMD blog about combining the social and scientific sides of medicine. From a patient perspective, she shares that the best physicians "turn the diagnostic and planning process into a positive and compassionate social interaction with the patient."

Social interaction between care teams and the social context in which care decisions and delivery is made to the patient are key areas for improvement in medicine today.

Becker’s Hospital Review recently interviewed Pierce Story about his latest book, “Developing a Poly-Chronic Care Network." He demonstrates how healthcare providers can work with their communities to create care circle networks for patients with multiple chronic diseases and thereby better coordinate care and improve the health of these patients.

An online program can easily bring together care circles for effective provider-patient communications. A study just released from Manhattan Research shows that more people are using tablets and other screens to access health information online, which presents a great opportunity to take advantage of.

"The number of U.S. adults (ages 18+) using mobile phones for health information and tools grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million in 2012, and tablet health activity adoption doubled from 15 million to 29 million in the same time period."

The Patient Guidance System brings teams together to coordinate care and provides the collaborative tools and information required for social context.

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