Education opens minds. For patients, education often means the difference between adherence and non-adherence, which in turn determines the effectiveness of treatment. More than ever before, the health care community understands that an active partnership between patients and their health care team can empower patients and lead to better outcomes.
The value of patients tapped into the health care system as participants – rather than passive recipients – was captured in the recent book The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. In this book, he focuses on one area of patient involvement, that of leveraging smartphones to put medicine into the hands of patients. Yet, this is simply representative of an overall movement of getting patients more engaged in their own health care and moving away from the past version in which medicine was impersonal and paternalistic in a “doctor knows best” world. Dr. Topol envisions a path that may be difficult, yet ends at the goal of health care that is better, cheaper, and more human.
Patient partnership is something we think about a lot at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy, but more than that, it’s something that we invest in. We understand that getting from diagnosis to treatment to (if possible) a return to health, takes more than just delivering a bottle of pills to a patient. We partner with patients to overcome adherence barriers of all kinds.
Our newly debuted patient website BioPlus Health grew from our focus on the importance of patient-centered care. The creation of this hub for patient education was borne from our belief that creating a destination “Where Health and Education Come Together” will make our patients healthier. Of course, there are a few practicalities that this website accomplishes, such as giving patients quick and simple access to a patient dashboard for refills, medication information, and pharmacist interactions, but our higher goal was to create space for patients to learn about their health conditions. The education component of the website is our way of reaching out a hand to patients seeking education. It’s creating patient partnerships, which pays off in healthier patients.
Stephen C. Vogt, Pharm.D.
President and CEO
BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy
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