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THE EMPOWERED PATIENT WHAT IT MEANS, AND HOW IT IS REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 11, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

THE EMPOWERED PATIENT
WHAT IT MEANS, AND HOW IT IS REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE

PITTSBURGH— In the 21st century media has changed everything including healthcare. The internet makes it easier for patients to gather information, and it has created communities of united patients which span the globe. Patients are now able to bond over their shared experience, share tips, and grow in knowledge together. Doctors too have begun to utilize media technology to make healthcare better. With all of these changes doctors are exploring how to interact with the “empowered patient”.

WQED will premiere The Empowered Patient on Thursday June 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. with an encore presentation on Sunday June 22, 2014 at 12 p.m.


This half hour special looks at the new role of patients and healthcare providers in a world where information is more readily available than ever before. With patients doing more of their own research and connecting with other patients online -- healthcare providers are often encountering a more engaged, informed and proactive patient. Are doctors and nurses ready to embrace this change? Are medical students prepared to care for more educated patients? And is a more informed patient a “better” patient?

Additional information is available at wqed.org/empoweredpatient.

This program was made possible with a grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

WQED
changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF)
is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency and safety of healthcare. JHF and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and Health Careers Futures (HCF) are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.


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