CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Geri Lynn Baumblatt, editorial director at Emmi Solutions and leading health literacy expert, will present with Nananda Col, MD, at the World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit in Boston today. The presentation will focus on the next generation of interactive decision aids, and how they’re being implemented, prescribed and tracked in clinical practices in order to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
“There are many things to take into consideration before a decision aid can be successfully used by patients and clinicians”
“More decision aids are being developed all of the time, but very few of them are being used by patients,” said Nananda Col, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. "What we really need are better decision aids that are centered around what the patient needs. We need tools that capture patients' interest and keep them engaged, provide emotional reassurance and simplify complex medical concepts so that people can use them to make better decisions. Emmi Solutions succeeds on all counts.”
Emmi Solutions, the leader in outcomes-driven patient engagement, engages and empowers patients to take a more active role in their health by prescribing interactive, multi-modal programs. As clients advocate for more shared decision making content, Emmi has created a solution that explains a patient’s alternatives, discusses risks clearly and then delivers the appropriate options and next steps. EmmiDecide® is a suite of interactive decision aids that help providers engage patients around healthcare choices that are preference sensitive, or for which there isn’t one superior course of treatment, such as low-risk prostate cancer, chronic lower back pain and early stage breast cancer. The appropriate decision aid is prescribed by their healthcare provider and patients can access it from any computer or mobile device. When the patient and physician come back together to discuss the decision, the patient has a much better understanding of their options and can help their physician understand their treatment goals and preferences. This way, the physician can spend more time focusing on what’s important for that individual.
“There are many things to take into consideration before a decision aid can be successfully used by patients and clinicians,” said Geri Lynn Baumblatt, editorial director at Emmi Solutions. “There are a lot of excellent decision aids, but in order for them to be effective, they must have the right tone for the target audience and an understanding of how it can be implemented into the existing workflow. These are key elements that I will address.”
“Emmi programs help extend the conversation beyond the four walls of the hospital setting,” added Baumblatt. “They give patients the additional resources to help them truly engage in shared decision making.”
About Emmi Solutions, LLC
Emmi’s proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities – including computers, mobile phones and tablets – at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi’s ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. For more information, visit www.emmisolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.