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the imPatient movement is about education, empowerment and action. we need people like you to take the critical first steps, blazing a trail that others can follow. it’s easier than you think – get started today.
you’ve waited long enough.
it’s time to be imPatient.

Today, take the first step toward better communication and better health. Be imPatient. It’s not only allowed – it’s encouraged.

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Tell your doctor — info to share

tell your doctor.

Print and sign the following letter and deliver it to you doctor at your next appointment.

Dear Doctor,

I am imPatient. I want to take a more active role in my healthcare, but you and I need to share information. I am eager to do my part because I know my health depends on IT.

I have joined the imPatient Movement – an organized effort to help patients and their healthcare providers communicate easily and effectively using tools that include electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic Personal Health Records (PHRs). I am asking you to join me in this effort:

  • Accept the electronic information I can provide through my PHR. I have painstakingly created a complete Personal Health Record that includes information about my medical history and the treatment I’ve received – not only from you, but from other specialists.
  • Share my medical information with me. Not only is it my right to have my medical records, it’s in both of our best interests for me to have current information about my conditions and treatment. Your EHR can send Continuity of Care Documents directly to my PHR, keeping both our records current and complete.
  • Insist on interoperable IT solutions. It doesn’t do either of us any good if our systems can’t communicate. I am doing my part by using an interoperable PHR platform, and I’m asking you to select your systems with the same commitment to open communication.

Working together benefits us both

You will benefit from data sharing in the following ways:

  • Reduced patient frustration. Patients are frustrated with the fact they still have to fill out clipboards full of registration forms in this day and age, and you end up with illegible, incomplete and inaccurate data collected in the waiting room. Patients with a PHR expect you to accept their information, and you get a more complete picture of patient health in return.
  • Easier coordination of care. Patients with a portable, interoperable PHR are better equipped to organize and manage information and coordinate care with you and their other healthcare providers. Portable electronic data can be easily, safely and securely shared with other healthcare providers and HIEs.
  • Improved patient engagement. Patients who maintain and share electronic data are more engaged, and more active members of their own health care team.
  • Meaningful use and its financial incentives. Electronic patient engagement is a core concept of meaningful use, and Stage 2 requirements include easier access and electronic data exchange with patients. Meaningful use incentives, coupled with increased productivity and efficiency, deliver bottom line financial benefits to practices sharing data with untethered EHRs.

I am urging you to get imPatient and join me! You can learn more about the movement and what you can do today at imPatientMovement.org.

Sincerely,

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Your patient

Share the news — tell everyone

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the imPatient Movement.

Are your family and friends imPatient too? Invite them to join the Movement and take an important first step toward improving communication, engagement and their health.

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I am imPatient and I think you might be, too. The imPatient Movement is a call to arms for patients and healthcare providers to start sharing the information we need to have an active role in our own healthcare. It’s a chance for all of us to work together and I’m inviting you to join me in the imPatient Movement.

Click here to learn more and to join the Movement for free.
Be imPatient. Your health depends on IT!

Show your support — free T-shirt

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a free imPatient T-shirt.

Declare your commitment to better health with an imPatient T-shirt.
Submit your story below and tell the world why you’re imPatient.

To submit your story and receive a free T-shirt, please complete the form below.

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Your story:

Use the following prompts to help us understand why you’re imPatient and how data sharing would help (6,000 character maximum). We’ll use what you tell us to craft a story for this site, and send you a T-shirt you can wear to share the word.

Tell us about your healthcare situation…

Tell us about your frustrations communicating and managing medical information…

How do you think electronic data sharing would improve your situation?

What else should we know?

Get social — join us online

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register for our Blog Corps.

blog for us – tell us what’s making you imPatient

The imPatient Movement welcomes blogs (3,000 character maximum) from its members throughout the healthcare community: patients, providers, policy makers, public health workers and any other interested party.

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the list of people waiting for electronic data sharing is growing. it’s time to be imPatient.

Better outcomes start with better communication. Today, take the first step toward getting everyone engaged.

Be imPatient. It’s not only allowed – it’s encouraged.

Click the buttons below for details and let your voice be heard.

Learn more — get educated

educate yourself on electronic data sharing so you can advocate for
your patients and your practice.

Download and share the following letter with your colleagues.

People are getting imPatient. It’s time we did, too.

It’s not just patients! All of us use internet tools to perform everyday tasks – from banking, to shopping, to booking travel. Healthcare is no different. Health and wellness websites boast some of the highest traffic on the internet, and the growing prevalence of patient portals and Personal Health Records (PHRs) signals a important shift in the way patients are expecting to interact with their providers.

How today’s – and tomorrow’s – patients communicate

  • Patients want access to providers when it suits their schedules – not necessarily ours. Web portals give patients a 24/7 tool for asking questions, and requesting refills or appointments. Patients can access the portal from home, from work or from anywhere using any internet-enabled device, including iPads and iPhones.
  • Patients are taking a more active role in their own healthcare, and they’re asking for access to their medical records. Electronic tools including EHRs and PHRs are making it easier than ever for physicians and patients to share information, and for patients to pass information on to family and other members of their healthcare teams.
  • Patients are, well, imPatient when asked to fill out the same clipboard of repetitive forms every time they come in for an appointment…especially if they’ve created and maintain an electronic Personal Health Record. Today’s patients are requesting and in some cases demanding that the providers they use accept electronic data from their PHRs – to the extent that they’re changing providers to ones who will.
  • Physicians have access to the tools and technology that address these issues, but they need to select with care. Electronic data sharing requires interoperable IT solutions – systems and software that “talk” to each other. Some health IT companies think that by tethering their systems to a specific hospital or group, they’re protecting their market. Unfortunately, they’re having the opposite effect. Tethered IT solutions have no place in today’s or tomorrow’s patient-centric healthcare community.

The imPatient Movement is empowering patients and physicians to work together toward better health. Both groups benefit from electronic data sharing – saving time, saving money, and making sure that the information upon which diagnostic and treatment decisions are based is current, complete and accurate.

Share the news — tell your colleagues and staff

tell your colleagues and staff about the imPatient Movement.

Are your colleagues and staff imPatient too? Invite them to join the Movement and take an important first step toward improving communication, engagement and their patients’ health.

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I am imPatient and I think you might be, too. The imPatient Movement is a call to arms for patients and healthcare providers to start sharing the information we all need to collaborate. It’s a chance for all of us to work together and I’m inviting you to join me in the imPatient Movement.

Click here to learn more and to join the Movement for free.
Be imPatient. Our health depends on IT!

Show your support — free promotional kit

share your story and get a free
imPatient promotional kit for your practice.

Declare your commitment to better health.
Submit your story below and tell the world why you’re imPatient.

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Your story:

Use the following prompts to help us understand why your practice is imPatient and how you believe data sharing would help you and your patients work together toward better health (6,000 character maximum). We’ll use what you tell us to craft a story for this site, and send you a promotional kit with materials you can display in your office to spread the word about the imPatient Movement.

Tell us how your patients communicate with you today and how you hope they’ll communicate with you going forward…
Tell us about your frustrations communicating and sharing medical information with patients and other healthcare providers…
How do you think better electronic data sharing would improve your situation?
What else should we know?

Get social — join us online

follow us on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.
register for our Blog Corps.

blog for us – tell us what’s making you imPatient

The imPatient Movement welcomes blogs (3,000 character maximum) from its members throughout the healthcare community: patients, providers, policy makers, public health workers and any other interested party.

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