June 3, 2014
Emmi Solutions to Present at the Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Foremost experts on Shared Decision Making Gather for 15th Biennial Conference
CHICAGO, IL – Jun 3, 2014 Emmi Solutions, a leader in outcomes-driven patient engagement, is leading a panel discussion at the 15th Biennial European Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making in Antwerp, Belgium on June 8th through June 10th. The Society for Medical Decision Making’s mission is to improve health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.
Geri Lynn Baumblatt, editorial director at Emmi Solutions, is presenting on the topic, “Designing Decision Aids That Patients and Health Care Providers Will Use”, alongside two thought leaders in the field; Dr. Nananda Col and Dr. Hilary Bekker. Baumblatt, a health literacy expert, has overseen the creation of multimedia, interactive programs for over a decade that foster patient engagement and Shared Decision Making. Dr. Col founded Shared Decision Making Resources and the not-for-profit Informed Health Decisions and serves on the Steering Committee of both the International Patient Decision Aid Standards collaboration, which develops standards for decision aids, and the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review of Patient Decision Aids. She is a member of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on Communication and Dissemination Research. Dr. Bekker is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds. Dr. Bekker develops real-world tools based on the science of how people make sense of health information for treatment choices. She has developed over 40 decision aids in internet, booklet and consultation formats for patients making a range of treatment choices (e.g. prenatal diagnosis for Down Syndrome; MMR immunization; Dialysis and Kidney Disease management).
“On the surface, shared decision making may seem simple and straightforward but it’s really a revolutionary concept that requires clever and nuanced approaches. It is widely endorsed yet rarely observed, so we have to keep looking for new ways to make it happen in the real world,” said Dr. Nananda Col. “This meeting is an invaluable opportunity for us to find ways to move the field toward a more patient and family-centered care system.”
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