As my peers know, and anyone who has taken any graduate level courses, the weekly reading lists for classes can be quite cumbersome at times. I am blaming it on this fact, for having overlooked an interesting tool that was included on one such reading list. Below I have provided a link to the Health Literate Care Model, accessible on the health.gov website. This model is an interactive and straightforward tool dealing with all stages of patient care. It includes training videos, tips, and definitions for all aspects.
Check it out at: http://health.gov/communication/interactiveHLCM/index.html
Did you know that individuals with “…limited health literacy skills are associated with an increase in preventable hospital visits and admissions”?
Or that these same individuals are more likely to have chronic conditions?
Lear more interesting facts, while also increasing your health literacy by checking out the Health.gov’s, “Health Literacy and Health Outcomes” webpage:
The application ResearchKit, created by Apple, is still only in its first year of use, and so far it has provided many users with heightened communication between themselves and their doctors – which was its basic purpose. I personally, have never heard about this app, although it seems that even with all of the successes it has seen in its infancy – like any other new technology – there are kinks to work out. It definitely sounds like this could be the start of a very beneficial and useful tool for patients and doctors, once it becomes more widely available and if used more consistently.
Learn more about the app, its uses, and the statistics that are associated with it by clicking here and reading the Fast Company article published just a few days ago.