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JHF sponsors "Empowered Patient" documentary on WQED-TV

June 11, 2014

THE EMPOWERED PATIENT: WHAT IT MEANS, AND HOW IT IS REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTH CARE

In the 21st century, media has changed everything including healthcare. The internet makes it easier for patients to gather information, and it has created communities of united patients which span the globe. Patients are now able to bond over their shared experience, share tips, and grow in knowledge together. Doctors, too, have begun to utilize media technology to make healthcare better. With all of these changes, doctors are exploring how to interact with the "empowered patient."

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation sponsored a half-hour special on WQED-TV that explores the new role of patients and healthcare providers in a world where information is more readily available than ever before. With patients doing more of their own research and connecting with other patients online, healthcare providers are often encountering a more engaged, informed, and proactive patient. Are doctors and nurses ready to embrace this change? Are medical students prepared to care for more educated patients? And is a more informed patient a "better" patient?

To watch the full special, please visit: wqed.org/empoweredpatient

This program was made possible with a grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency and safety of health care. JHF and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF) are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

Contact:
David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
412-594-2553 or 412-216-6305 (mobile)
golebiewski@jhf.org

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