In a recent examination of her state’s progress toward community-based preventive care, Maryland Hospital Association President and CEO Carmela Coyle reminded providers that such a transformation requires educating patients as well as participation from the community:
While the initiatives have generated strong results, consumers have been largely unaware of these seismic changes, or what they mean for navigating the rapidly changing world of healthcare.
She continues, carefully underscoring just how vital community participation and patient education are to the long-term success of these programs:
[T]he overhaul of the care delivery system, and the positive results that come with it, will not be sustainable without the help of patients and communities. Care delivery transformation cannot be solely about offering different programs to patients; communities must take advantage of them as well, and they will need to be proactive in making lifestyle changes that can help them avoid unnecessary hospital visits. Both of those require that individuals be not only informed, but empowered as the focal point of their own healthcare.