NEWS & EVENTS
Improving Patient Engagement
When patients are engaged, they have much more successful outcomes regarding their health. Patient engagement also aids in reducing preventable readmissions. No patient wants to struggle when they are discharged or be readmitted to the hospital because of something that could have been easily avoided. It’s hard to comprehend discharge instructions when you’re in a medicated fog and discharge papers can be easily lost. Patient engagement strives to set up patients for success upon discharge. Patient engagement is great not only for inpatients being discharged from the hospital but also for ambulatory patients that are currently being treated for an ongoing condition. This continuous engagement has many proven benefits, such as patient compliance, a decreased no-show rate for appointments, and better education, just to name a few.
There are many methods in which patient engagement can exist. One very common method is to have automated phone calls and text messages to remind patients about their upcoming doctor appointment or to simply let them know it is now time to schedule an annual visit. By keeping patients compliant in showing up for appointments they can be more proactive and stay on top of their care plan set forth by the provider.
Another method of patient engagement is the patient portal. This is truly putting the patient in the driver seat of their care. Patients can go online at any given time to find out information about their health, instructions, education, and so much more. This type of engagement aims to close gaps in care for the patient population all while aiding in preventative care.
Here are just a few advantages of utilizing your patient portal:
● Request appointments online
● Message your provider
● Review your lab results and vitals
● Track your weight and keep a food diary
● Review your clinical documentation such as your history and physical, discharge instructions, and more.
● Look up educational materials related to problems, diagnosis, comorbidities, procedures, etc.
● Conveniently pay your statement online
● Request a prescription refill
● Update and review any allergies
● See medications prescribed
● Review your past visits
At Stone County Hospital, we strive to connect with our patients in a meaningful way to put your health front and center. We accept most major insurances including, but not limited to, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, HealthSpring, First Choice, and Humana.
Stone County Hospital is a critical access hospital that proudly serves the patient population in Wiggins, Picayune, Lumberton, and Lucedale. We hope to be your number one choice for acute care, family care, trauma care, emergency care, and much more. We are located at 1434 E. Central Avenue, Wiggins, MS 39577. Please call us at 601.928.6600 to schedule an appointment.