Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Does Improving Patient Engagement Result in More Appropriate Utilization

Please join me for a webinar tomorrow:

Does Improving  Patient Engagement
Result in More  Appropriate Utilization? 
 A special online seminar for senior executives, administrators, practice managers and patient outreach specialists from physician groups, emerging Accountable Care Organizations, Health Systems, Patient Centered Medical Homes, health plans, and government agencies.
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Answers to Your Specific Questions

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Event Date:  Thursday, March 24th
Time:  12:00 pm Eastern

The risk-reward dynamic is shifting within healthcare.  Improving patient engagement is widely accepted as a critical foundation for emerging care practices, such as the patient-centered medical home. 

Vermedx physicianAs provider-patient interactions evolve, provider groups are realizing more and more that informed, prepared patients lead to more efficient encounters.  This is especially so when managing chronic conditions. 

Benjamin Littenberg, MD FACP will share from both academic and actual business cases how low cost, high touch programs can reduce avoidable health utilization and improve patient satisfaction within normal provider practice workflow.
Focused Discussion
Attendees will learn:

· What published, academic research has established about how patient engagement improves the overall clinical experience and what that means for providers?

· How large physician-lead groups have implemented technology solutions that better prepare both providers and patients for more effective clinical encounters, and how they measure it?

· What are the anticipated impacts - risks and rewards - of pay for performance and health care reform on how providers and patients interact?

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Seminar Speaker
Benjamin Littenberg MD, FACP
Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine, Professor of Nursing, Director of General Internal Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont
Chief Medical Officer, Vermedx, Inc.

Dr. Littenberg is the Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine, Professor of Nursing and Director of General Internal Medicine at the University of Vermont. He received his medical degree from CaseBen Littenberg, MDWestern Reserve University and trained in internal medicine at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University before becoming Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth. Following an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, he assumed his present position in 1999.

Dr. Littenberg practices General Internal Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. His research interests center on technology assessment and quality improvement. Recent projects include new ways to measure quality of care in cancer, novel strategies for reporting test results to patients, better approaches to antibiotics in sinusitis, safety improvements in outpatient prescriptions, and strategies to address health literacy.

In Vermont, Dr. Littenberg has been active on the Board of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care. He has developed statewide registry-based approaches to quality and safety improvement with the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and as Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded research grant for the Vermont Diabetes Information System which engendered Vermedx.
This event is sponsored and produced by Vermedx, Inc.
89 Beaumont Ave.
Given Courtyard, 4 South
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-4576

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About Vermedx®

Vermedx® technology enhances patient engagement by fostering communication between patient and caregiver, and by delivering decision support to health-care providers. The Vermedx system has been proven in a National Institute of Health clinical trial to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

The patent-pending Vermedx technology uses automated blood test reports and notification letters to help providers better care for their patients, and patients better manage their chronic conditions. Vermedx has been used by thousands of patients with diabetes in Vermont, New York, California and Texas. Clients include municipalities, private hospital systems, physician organizations, and managed care organizations. Visitwww.vermedx.com for more information.