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Research on patient engagement has shown that the more involved a patient is within their healthcare system results in a reduction in medical costs and discrepancies in their personal healthcare. Patient activation is defined as an individual’s willingness to manage their own healthcare. Moreover, patient activation can be measured and increased through healthcare education given by healthcare providers.

“Patient engagement is a broader concept that combines patient activation with interventions designed to increase activation and promote positive patient behavior, such as obtaining preventive care or exercising regularly. Patient engagement is one strategy to achieve the “triple aim” of improved health outcomes, better patient care, and lower costs.” Via: Health Affairs

A new form of patient engagement is Tel-Aviv-based startup GistMD’s patient education system. A program already implemented in some Israeli hospitals, allows patients to fill out a survey and receive a video describing what the particular procedure they will undergo will look like, how they need to prepare, and what they need to do post-op. Gist’s program allows patients to take their healthcare into their own hands, better understanding their own medical situations.