Dr. Georgiou provides three tips to help people become empowered patients.
I think that there are three important tips for how to be an empowered patient. Number one is get educated yourself, and that means going to credible resources, credible websites that have good information about whatever questions you have about your health. So what are credible websites?
They are government-sponsored websites. They are websites that have well-credentialed editorial boards. They are not websites where people are just giving their opinions on a personal basis about an experience they had with a treatment, a doctor, or hospital.
The second thing that is important for an empowered patient is use data. You know many people don’t realize it, but just like there is a report card that you can check on the next car that you are going to buy or the next restaurant that you are going to eat in, there are report cards and data on the hospitals that are in your area, on the doctors that you could see and they really help you sort out where you are most likely to get the best care.
And the third tip for being an empowered patient is, after you are educated and you have your data ask a ton of questions. You deserve to get answers to your questions before anyone delivers any medical service to you.
About Dr. Archelle Georgiou, M.D.:
Dr. Archelle Georgiou combines her deep knowledge of clinical medicine with a breadth of experience in business and health care administration to pursue her passion for simplifying the health care system. As a practicing physician and as a corporate managed care executive, Dr. Georgiou learned and leveraged the value and importance of simple and compelling communication to influence impacting patients’ personal health care behaviors as well as driving health care purchasing decisions and business growth.