Singapore discusses lack of patient engagement in digital health

Information alone isn’t enough to change patients’ health behaviors. “There’s a big gap between knowledge and intention,” said Dr Praveen Deorani, senior data scientist at the Singapore Ministry of Health in his session “Data-driven Approach for Patient Activation and Behaviour Change” at HIMSS22 APAC Health Conference & Exhibition held on 26 to 29 September 2022. 

In his presentation at HIMSS22 APAC, he stressed the importance of motivating patients to be active participants in their own care.

“Health-related behaviours are significantly more important predictors of health outcomes than medical care. What happens at home is more important than what happens in the clinic,” explained Dr Deorani. “Even when they know about healthy lifestyle, most patients don’t change their behaviour.”

In spite of knowing how crucial it is to take medication as prescribed, around 20%-50% of patients do not do so.

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