For last week’s #patientchat, we discussed what ways we had to make more patients empowered, and as always, our #patientchat community had many great ideas. Because there are many parts to becoming an empowered patient: from learning about what it means to be empowered, to developing a relationship with a doctor who supports you being empowered, to changing your mindset about what it means to be a patient.

For every issue, our #patientchat audience had many ideas. We made a Storify of all their thoughts, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Mark-John: I think part of the challenge is explaining what an empowered patient means.
  • Alan: Get more patients in the main stream media! Courage breeds courage which will take more patients down the path of empowerment.
  • Jack Imaging: Be prepared. It’s hard to feel empowered when you don’t feel prepared. Gather ALL records + ALL notes before!
  • Darla: Maybe t-shirts that say: “I am an e-patient, ask me what that is”
  • Rachel: When life gets hard don’t say “Why me?” say “Try me.”
  • Courage Sings: An environment in which patient engagement sets the stage for involvement. Finding a doc that is willing to partner with a patient is key.
  • Rachel: #epatient community is really like a secret world – it’ll totally change how you look at health and medicine.
  • Mark-John: If you feel intimidated, try to figure out why. Then attempt a sit-down with your Doc, explain yourself and what you want to do.
  • Darla: Welcome new members. Use non-clinical terms. Take time to invite newbies.

Thank you all for participating and join us next week (April 18, 2014) for a very special Twitter chat featuring Jack Imaging, our allies in developing patient-centered health technology!

Emily Lu

Emily Lu

Co-founder at Intake.Me
As a medical student going into family medicine, Emily joined Intake.me to leverage technology to create a more patient-centered health care system. Emily is now a resident in the UCSF-SFGH Family and Community Medicine program. She is focused on developing a primary care system that uses technology to empower patients. Emily is passionate about underserved medicine, public health and quality improvement. She was selected to present an Ignite!Talk at Medx2015 on streamlining doctor visits.
Emily Lu