Columbus, OH. One of the trends the innovation team is tracking is “More Involved Patients” – the increasing expectation of patients to be active participants in their healthcare. In fact, the vast majority, ‘81% of patients want an equal say in care decisions with their care provider’ – PWC. And, we know that when this agreed-upon treatment planning or shared decision making (SDM) occurs, the impact on adherence is significant. According to the SDM report 2015 by medical practice management software consultancy Software Advice: ‘41% of patients report that they would be “much more likely” to adhere to a treatment plan developed using SDM and improves patient satisfaction by 89%.’
It follows that there would be shifts in the tools that doctors are using to create treatment plans collaboratively with their patients.
So, I set out to find what kinds of tools and software were being developed and used in the clinical setting to facilitate this collaborative treatment planning.
One of the innovators in the shared decision making movement, the Mayo Clinic, has an innovative set of interactive tools specific to disease states.
In the Diabetes space, each aspect of the treatment, including cost, is detailed in a worksheet format so that the patient can clearly see and agree to the plan.
The Bone Health decision aid pulls in the patient’s own analysis of fall risk from based on the FRAX calculator.
Another tool, Option Grids, has developed a web tool that clearly maps out visual comparisons on different treatments.