Health Illiteracy Can Kill You


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Being dumb about health can double your chances of dying. A presentation made at HigherEdCamp on 6 June, 2009. How can HigherEd help educate the population. Educated and informed health consumers lower costs and lower risks.

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  • Health Illiteracy Can Kill You

    1. Health Illiteracy Can Kill You Mark Scrimshire @ekivemark
    2. To change health care we have to put the Patient at the center Mark Scrimshire @ekivemark
    3. Heard in an industry meeting “The Patient Centered Medical Home ... centered around the Physician” Anonymous - ... for obvious reasons
    4. Understanding is one thing
    5. Implications and Interactions are quite another thing
    6. Health Literacy The ability to read, understand, and utilize basic health-related information ... like prescription bottle labels and appointment slips
    7. Learn or Die Literate 18% Illiterate 40% 25% of the 3500 people monitored had inadequate health literacy The Illiterate group had a greater chance of dying over the next 6 years
    8. Yes, Health Care is extremely complicated
    9. ... because the patient is usually excluded
    10. Health 2.0 is participatory healthcare. Enabled by information, software, and community that we collect or create, we the patients can be effective partners in our own health care, and we the people can participate in reshaping the health system itself. Dr. Ted Eytan & the community
    11. Health Care is important to us all “I Didn’t know I had so much to say about it ...” Geoff DiMasi Principal P’unk Ave, Health Consumer, Parent
    12. PAA HI
    13. ortability ... P ? rivacy P
    14. Privacy is a personal decision HIpAA and a personal trade-off
    15. Privacy takes a back seat to quality of life
    16. It is my choice ... and I need knowledge to take responsibility
    17. We choose what to believe ... and who We share with
    18. Don’t talk at me Have a conversation with me
    19. HIPAA To stay relevant health care must embrace openness
    20. To change health care we have to put ourselves at the center
    21. HealthCamp is not just a conversation HealthCamp is your call to action Get involved in managing your own health
    22. Go to for more information Fri Upcoming events: 6/1 9 + Mo 10 n /5 Mark Scrimshire @ekivemark #hcmd09