Health literacy and health information producers: Report of the findings of a UK wide survey of information producers and providers – The Patient Information Forum (PiF) – 3 October 2013

Posted on October 18, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , , |

Health literacy and health information producers: Report of the findings of a UK wide survey of information producers and providers – The Patient Information Forum (PiF) – 3 October 2013

Health literacy survey finds support for health information producers is lacking

A Patient Information Forum (PiF) survey has found that although information producers understand why clear, easy to understand and usable health information for the public is important, many are not equipped to meet the challenge. PiF says this lack of support and guidance for producers could derail the government’s ambition for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care.

Over 340 of the best-known health information producers responded to the survey including voluntary sector organisations, NHS organisations and commercial companies. The survey found that although more than 90 per cent viewed health literacy as very important when producing information for the public, only 10 per cent said they had a health literacy strategy or policy. Fewer than half produced online and printed materials with health literacy in mind.”

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Making the Case for Information: The evidence for investing in high quality health information for patients and the public – Patient Information Forum – 14 June 2013

Posted on June 19, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Making the Case for Information: The evidence for investing in high quality health information for patients and the public – Patient Information Forum – 14 June 2013

“A new Patient Information Forum (PiF) research report highlights how providing information to patients and their carers improves outcomes, reduces costs and gives people a better experience of care.

PiF commissioned research to identify the benefits of investing in health information. The project, which looked at over 300 studies, found that there are good business reasons to justify the investment of more time, money and training in health information provision and support. These include positive impacts on service use and costs, substantial capacity savings, and significant returns on investment by increasing shared decision-making, self-care and the self-management of long-term conditions.”

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Providing Clinical Summaries to Patients after Each Office Visit: A Technical Guide – July 2012

Posted on September 10, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Providing Clinical Summaries to Patients after Each Office Visit: A Technical Guide – July 2012

“Executive Summary

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) include the practice of giving a clinical summary to patients after each office visit as an element of Meaningful Use of an electronic health record (EHR) Stage One.

Giving every patient a clinical summary after each office visit is one of the most challenging of all meaningful use elements because of the complexity of both the information flow and the workflows involved.

This document is a guide to help eligible professionals and their organizations gain a better grasp of how to successfully meet the criteria of giving clinical summaries to patients after each office visit. It discusses the two requirements to accomplishing these goals and assists organizations in meeting them.”

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“Clinical Summary—Defined
CMS has defined the clinical summary as “an after-visit summary (AVS) that provides a patient with relevant and actionable information and instructions containing the patient name, provider’s office contact information, date and location of visit, an updated medication list, updated vitals, reason(s) for visit, procedures and other instructions based on clinical discussions that took place during the office visit, any updates to a problem list, immunizations or medications administered during visit, summary of topics covered/considered during visit, time and location of next appointment/testing if scheduled, or a recommended appointment time if not scheduled, list of other appointments and tests that the patient needs to schedule with contact information, recommended patient decision aids, laboratory and other diagnostic test orders, test/laboratory results (if received before 24 hours after visit), and symptoms.”

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