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AHA report provides strategies for engaging patients, communities

January 29, 2013

A new report from the AHA Committee on Research looks at promising strategies for engaging health care consumers to achieve the "triple aim" of improving population health and the individual care experience while reducing or controlling per capita health care costs. The report includes a framework and case examples for engaging health care users at various levels of the health care system, ranging from the individual to the health care team, organization and community. "Engaging patients, families and communities has the potential to be a 'game changer' in the transformation of the health care system in the United States," the report states. "Hospitals and health care systems can serve as laboratories for developing, testing, learning and disseminating new engagement practices. The impact of this type of engagement and the role that hospitals can play in leading this transformative element of system design in their own communities are foundational for achieving the Triple Aim in health care."