Intake.Me Interviews Martine Ehrenclou, author of “The Take-Charge Patient”

Martine Ehrenclou, M.A., is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. Her newest book “The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care,” winner of 16 book awards, empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own health care. Martine will be our guest on our Empowered Patient Chat tweet chat on October 31, 2014. Stephanie Gampper, Intake.Me’s VP Customer Insights, interviews Martine about her book, her own experience with our healthcare system, and her patient advocacy work.

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How do you build a healthcare team? #patientchat this Friday at 10am PST

When I went through cancer treatment, there were many key players on my healthcare team, many of whom I am in contact with to this day. There was one nurse in radiation who cheered me on each day and gave me personalized advice that really helped me through my treatment. … This week on Empowered Patient Chat (#patientchat) we will be discussing, “How do you build a healthcare team?”!

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How does an empowered patient approach prevention? #patientchat

A big part of being an empowered patient is about doing whatever we can do to prevent illness from happening in the first place. So this week’s #patientchat topic is “How does an empowered patient approach prevention?” Together we will be exploring ways we can not only help ourselves but also our loved ones and our communities to get regular screenings and create habits that prevent illnesses.

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How to Empower Patients: “I am an #epatient, ask me what that is.”

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.

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How do we make people more empowered patients?

One of the privileges of working on Intake.Me is the opportunities we have had to interact with the empowered patient community. They inspire and compel us to continue the work that we do every day to build a product that will continue to support them in pursuing their best lives. But we also started Intake.Me with the hope that we would create something that is simple, easy and streamlined enough for anyone to use – so that anyone would be able to become an empowered patient, too…

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The Empowered Patient Checklist for Doctor Visits – free PDF download

Patients can also benefit greatly by keeping “simple” check lists for each healthcare related task, including doctor visits. We are busy at Intake.Me creating tools to help you manage the many tasks surrounding your healthcare. And, with the help of our Patient Chat community, we have created a free PDF entitled “The Empowered Patient Checklist for Doctor Visits”.

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Don’t miss this week’s #patientchat!

This Friday at 10am PST / 1pm EST, we’re going to try something a little different with #patientchat. We want to make use of the wonderfully collaborative patient community we have, and collaborate on producing a “patient checklist” for a doctor visit. We’ve already covered some of these topics in producing a #epatient toolkit, but we’re sure our #patientchat community has many more ideas…

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