Patient-centered care is in the spotlight this week as ACC members, patients and other stakeholders gather at Heart House in Washington, DC, for the inaugural Patient Engagement Summit. Collaborating on patient-centered health solutions opens the door for enhanced patient engagement, improved patient outcomes and a better health care system overall.
The ACC has long been dedicated to patient-centered care and has engaged in numerous endeavors that promote cardiovascular health, empower patients to be proactive in their care, and strengthen the patient-clinician relationship. CardioSmart, ACC's patient education and empowerment initiative, brings patients and clinicians together to prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease. The Patient-Centered Care Community on CardioSource introduces ACC members to ways in which CardioSmart can serve as their vehicle for facilitating more patient-centered care.
Patient-centered care is also at the core of many of ACC's quality initiatives. For example, the new ACC Patient Navigator Program addresses the readmissions issue by supporting a team of caregivers dedicated to helping patients overcome challenges during their hospital stay and in the weeks following discharge when they are most vulnerable. The ultimate goal of the program is to develop and support a culture of patient-centered care that can be implemented in other hospitals.
As the shift from the clinician- or disease-centered model of care to a model that revolves around the patient progresses, the College and other stakeholders will continue to work together to find solutions that put the patient first.