Feature July 13, 2022 John Bernot, MD

Impact of patient activation across the ecosystem

Learn how patient activation—having the skills needed to manage one’s health—can positively improve health outcomes.

A patient’s care isn’t complete at the end of a doctor’s visit. Patient outcomes largely hinge on the patient’s ability to follow treatment plans, take medications properly, and adopt recommended lifestyle changes, yet doctors struggle to reach and engage with patients outside of the office.

When there’s a lack of patient activation, patients can see a decline in health and a rise in their medical costs. According to research, more “activated” patients cost $1,987 less annually1 than lower activated patients, a 31% difference in cost. 

Let’s look more closely at patient activation and how providers can improve it. 

What is patient activation? 

Patient activation2 is the measure of a person’s active involvement in their medical care. Activated patients are able to:

  • Self-manage health issues 
  • Stay involved in their treatment and diagnosis processes
  • Collaborate and communicate with their providers
  • Use healthcare technology resources given to them 

Essentially, an activated patient is one who is engaging with their provider and is invested in their treatment plan. Activated patients are going to have better health outcomes across the board because they are more inspired to take healthcare management seriously and are more likely to engage with healthcare software and applications. 

Achieving greater patient activation levels is especially important for frequent users of the healthcare system, such as those with chronic conditions, as they will have higher costs and more complex, long-term care management needs. 

Improving patient activation with healthcare software

A key to increased patient activation lies in healthcare technology adoption. With the increase in telehealth and remote patient monitoring capabilities, providers can give their patients more resources than ever before. 

Here are 3 ways digital health tools can improve patient activation:

  1. Follow-up with patients outside of the office visit. Providers can send reminders to patients to encourage them to stick to their treatment plans and provide additional patient education content to set expectations. 
  1. Encourage medication adherence. Medication adherence3 is a concern for many patients, especially those who aren’t active in their treatment plan. A tool that clearly and consistently reminds patients to take their medications and when can assist elderly patients or others who struggle to remember. 
  1. Connect patients with resources. Many patients crave user-friendly ways to maintain contact with their healthcare providers at all times. Digital health tools can equip providers with the tools to connect with patients at home. 

Let Ayva help you on your patient activation journey

Patient activation is a crucial part of healthcare, and yet it can be difficult to get patients involved. Patient engagement platforms, like Ayva, can encourage patients to become more involved with their own care. 

Increased patient activation will ultimately increase overall health outcomes and lower costs for patients. It will also serve as a way for patients to feel directly involved with their treatment decisions. 

With Ayva, patients will feel motivated to navigate their healthcare journey through the user-friendly interface. 

From maximizing efficiency in the patient experience to simplifying the care journey from preparation to recovery, Ayva is your solution. 

 Meet Ayva today!

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