SOURCE: Emmi Solutions, LLC

Emmi Solutions, LLC

March 11, 2015 09:00 ET

Emmi Solutions to Lead Industry Discussions on Shared Decision Making and Health Literacy

Insights on Improving Communication and Facilitating Collaboration Between Patients and Their Providers

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) - Emmi Solutions, the leader in outcomes-driven patient engagement, has been invited to present at several industry events on the topics of health literacy and shared decision making (SDM) in the context of patient-provider communications. With more than a decade of experience helping to create multimedia, interactive programs that have been proven to improve the patient experience, Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Emmi Solutions' Executive Director of Patient Engagement, will be sharing insights with other thought leaders on the importance of empowering patients to be part of their own care decisions.

At the Population Health Colloquium on March 25th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Baumblatt will lead a discussion with Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Randi Redmond Oster, expert patient, on the topic of "Shared Decision Making: Improving Condition Management Discussions." Following the colloquium, Ms. Baumblatt will be presenting a seminar at The Beryl Institute's Patient Experience Conference on April 10th in Dallas, Texas with Michael Bennick, MD of Yale New Haven Health System and expert patient Randi Redmond Oster entitled, "Shared Decision Making: Creating a Better Experience for Patients and Providers." After the conference, Ms. Baumblatt will be at the Wisconsin Health Literacy event in Madison, WI on April 15th, 2015 to present a poster on how improved health communication can lead to better outcomes.

"SDM may sound simple and straightforward but, in actuality, it poses a number of challenges for both patients and providers: explaining complex risks, tradeoffs, and helping patients clarify their values and preferences, to name only a few. SDM is widely endorsed yet rarely takes place in clinical settings. So we're continually working to raise awareness of SDM strategies and tools that have proved successful in addressing these challenges," said Ms. Baumblatt. "Our presentations this spring are an invaluable opportunity for us to keep identifying new ways to establish a more patient-centered care system."

"Successful shared decision making and health literacy strategies should incorporate both the provider and patient perspective as Emmi's programs do. Without both points of view integrated, chances of adoption remain low," added Dr. Bewtra.

Emmi® interactive multimedia programs and call campaigns enhance doctor-patient relationships by providing understandable and actionable information at times a person wishes to receive it. To learn more about Emmi Solutions, visit:

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Emmi programs and call campaigns deliver actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities -- including computers, mobile phones and tablets -- at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi's ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already use has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. Their technology allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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