Participatory Medicine – Defined Consent – Transparency
Elizabeth’s experience as a former nurse and many times a patient characterize the substance and basis for writing this book. The inside track on health care is nebulous so attempting to understand what, why and how things go wrong is best described as mysterious and difficult. How to correct inefficient health care systems that are interconnected, but not, explains why we have the inefficiencies and incidents we do.
Repeating tests, seeing consultants, taking prescribed medications and consenting to care we know nothing about—all in the name of patient care—can be ineffective and dangerous without transparency and the need for standardized clinical-appropriate checks and balances. This book not only outlines what you need to know, there are many tools and templates to show you how to manage your care and question protocol.
This book tackles health care issues facing patients and professionals offering them options and solutions for a system fraught with lagging technology affected by issues over public policy.
Dr. Peter Pronovost, one of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, says accidents can be prevented but you have to know how to prevent causing patients harm. Understand that patient safety is a learned process that uses checks and balances. He explains the situation this way:
“Checklists must cover the known risks to patients that can be prevented. Technological tools must be properly constructed, including an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to help professionals provide care safely. The EMR vendors must understand: Patient data isn’t the property of the vendor; it belongs to the patient.”
— Dr. Pronovost, MD, is the director of the Armstrong Institute, as well as senior vice president for patient safety and quality, at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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