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VIDEO: Arthritis Foundation strives to 'revolutionize care' through patient engagement

SAN DIEGO — At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Guy Eakin, PhD, and Suzanne Schrandt, JD, highlighted recent Arthritis Foundation’s initiatives intended to empower patients to become “part of the solution” with their physicians and potentially revolutionize how rheumatologists care for their patients.

According to Blazer, one such priority for the Arthritis Foundation is to work with their partners, including the American College of Rheumatology, to use electronic medical records to provide more information to patients, and to allow their physicians to better use that information to improve the quality of patient care.

“We are working together with [these groups], to develop a patient-level interface onto these registries, through the Arthritis Foundation, that allows patients a view of the information that being collected about them,” Eakin said. “It also offers physicians an ability to put to their patient opportunities like goal setting — what the patients hope to achieve with their treatments — and allow that to give those physicians a ‘heads up,’ and a preparation prior to any clinical visit.”

SAN DIEGO — At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Guy Eakin, PhD, and Suzanne Schrandt, JD, highlighted recent Arthritis Foundation’s initiatives intended to empower patients to become “part of the solution” with their physicians and potentially revolutionize how rheumatologists care for their patients.

According to Blazer, one such priority for the Arthritis Foundation is to work with their partners, including the American College of Rheumatology, to use electronic medical records to provide more information to patients, and to allow their physicians to better use that information to improve the quality of patient care.

“We are working together with [these groups], to develop a patient-level interface onto these registries, through the Arthritis Foundation, that allows patients a view of the information that being collected about them,” Eakin said. “It also offers physicians an ability to put to their patient opportunities like goal setting — what the patients hope to achieve with their treatments — and allow that to give those physicians a ‘heads up,’ and a preparation prior to any clinical visit.”

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