Conn. Health I-Team Staff
Later this month, hundreds of Connecticut health care consumers and clinicians will come together for a first-of-its-kind conference that aims to foster patient engagement in medical care.
“Better Health: Everyone’s Responsibility,” set for Sept. 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, will bring patients and providers together to discuss joint decision-making in medical care. The goal of the summit – open to the public – is to break down barriers between providers and the people they serve, by giving both sides a crash course in key health-care issues and effective ways of communicating.
“The most under-utilized resource in health care is the patient,” said Dave deBronkart, a national patient-engagement advocate known as “e-Patient Dave” who will be the keynote speaker at the conference. “Patients perform better when they are informed better.”
The conference comes in the wake of a study in Health Affairs that showed that patients who actively participate in decision-making with their health-care providers have better health outcomes and lower costs. Of 33,000 patients studied, researchers found that patients who did not actively participate in their health care had 8 percent to 21 percent higher costs than patients with high engagement levels.
The conference is hosted by CT Partners for Health, a group of 40 health-care organizations convened by Qualidigm, the state’s Medicare consulting company.
The conference runs from noon to 6 p.m., with a $10 registration fee to help defer costs. Participants are invited to stay for a reception and dinner, at $25 per ticket, at which healthcare strategy expert Nathan Kaufman will discuss emerging trends in healthcare. The evening ends with a performance by Frank King, known as “the cardiac comedian.”
To register for the conference, go to: http://www.ctpartnersforhealth.org/index.php/better-health-conference.