EMPOWERED PATIENT 101

A 5 week digital course to help you navigate the healthcare system

You may be wondering if this course is for you. Do you answer YES to any of these questions:

  • Are you struggling with a new diagnosis?
  • Or, still struggling to manage an existing condition?
  • Do you care for a loved one with a chronic disease?
  • Or, do you care about improving the quality of care you receive?
  • Are you finding the modern, fragmented health care system complex and overwhelming?

What do other patients have to say? Here's an excerpt from the Compendiary Blog about this course

One of the biggest surprises in my journey through illness has been the nature of the Medical System. I have friends who are doctors, nurses, physical therapists.. and yet I had no idea that it was its own subculture, with its own rules and workflow. And there is a big learning gap for folks as clueless as I was. (My PCP? Oh. You mean, my doctor. Gotcha.)

It turns out that showing up to the doctor's office and saying "I'm sick" doesn't always magically lead to perfect diagnosis-finding appointments. Actually, it turns out that calling the doctor's office and saying "I'm sick" doesn't always lead to an appointment. I don't like being pushy, and I don't like making waves -- so it took a while to understand that part of the system is that you can prove to the gatekeepers that you are sick enough to need an appointment if you call back 3 or 4 times and request the waiting list. (There's a waiting list? I had no idea. Because no-one told me.)

But that's a blog post for another day. The point is that all of this gate-keeping was new to me. And on top of that, I had no idea how to walk into an appointment and explain all of my crazy symptoms that had just appeared out of no-where. Especially because, being sick, I was not thinking or communicating that well to begin with.

I still have a lot to learn, and am incredibly thankful for the patient communities that I'm finding through social media and other online resources. While the medical system isn't perfect, it is incredibly encouraging to see how many individuals, organizations, and entrepreneurs are out there working to bridge the gaps!

I was immediately interested when I heard about Intake.Me's new ePatient 101 course. Their patient chats on twitter have been an excellent source of info sharing, and they seem very tuned-in to the challenges that both patients and doctors face


Read the entire blog post here: http://compendiary.blogspot.com/2015/12/minm-epati...


Through this course, you will learn key lessons and tips from the hundreds of patients, caregivers, doctors, and nurses we interviewed to help you better navigate the US healthcare system. You'll learn about recurring problems and challenges we heard time and time again from other people who just want to understand how the system works and how they can get the care they need to feel better. You'll discover some recurring problems and challenges when it comes to getting the care you need and deserve with solutions from patients who have been in your shoes. We've compiled all of our research into this convenient, 5 session, self-paced digital course to help you learn the ins and outs of being empowered in your health so you can get what you need from the healthcare system.

Empowered Patient 101: How to be an Empowered Patient is an online course for anyone interested in becoming an empowered patient, empowered caregiver, health coach or patient advocate. This course is also great for healthcare professionals seeking to understand patient engagement and patient-centered care.

Through this online course, you will learn:

  • The many meanings of the term "ePatient"
  • Why being an Empowered Patient is so important in today’s healthcare system
  • How you can save time and money and get better overall value from your health care providers
  • How to advocate for yourself when you disagree
  • The confidence to know your rights when making a decision about your health
  • Tools, tips and best practices to help you manage your or your loved one’s chronic condition

You will also receive:

  • A weekly video lesson and fun quizzes you can complete on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • 5 printable PDF worksheets to help you organize your medical records, understand how to research your diagnosis, how to prepare for a doctor visit, and more!
  • Upon course completion, you will qualify for an official certificate (issued & certified by Accredible), which you can print or post on your LinkedIn profile

BONUS #1: Tips from People Like You

Enroll today and when you complete the course, we'll also send you a curated compilation of best tips from people like you on how to be an empowered patient. Carry this handy book with you for inspiration or send it to a friend who is struggling with a new diagnosis.

BONUS #2: An Invitation to our Empowered Patient Chat Facebook Group

You'll also receive an invitation to our Empowered Patient Chat Facebook Group so you can get live support from empowered patients and caregivers who know what it's like to feel overwhelmed and confused when navigating the healthcare system. If you have a question or want to share your story, this is the group for you. Our Facebook group members are challenging the healthcare status quo now and are getting amazing results.

BONUS #3: Invitations to our Online Webinars & Workshops

Enroll today and you'll be the first to be invited to our webinars and workshops covering topics of interest to patients, caregivers, health coaches and patient advocates, like "Creating Work-Life Harmony when Managing a Chronic Condition", "Medication Reconciliation", "Hiring a Health Coach", "How to Organize Your Medical Records", and "How to Talk to Your Doctor (When you Disagree)". Don't miss out on these informative, fun, health literacy events with our experienced panelists. Join in, ask questions, and share your experience with our community of empowered patients.

Sign up today for Empowered Patient 101 and you'll get the tools, information and support you need to feel more confident when facing the complex healthcare system.

About Intake.me

This course is brought to you by Intake.me. Our mission is to help improve communication, access and transparency for patients and their loved ones when navigating the healthcare system. We designed this course based on our research -- which included many discussions with healthcare professionals, patient advocates, health coaches, and healthcare executives -- because we believe many patients aren't guided through the healthcare system, which can end up costing them time, money, and delays in their treatment and diagnosis. You can also sign-up for Intake.me - an online place to securely store all your health records and health data so that you can easily and securely share it with your doctors and care team. We invite you to join in our Empowered Patient Chats on Twitter, which is a community of supportive patients and healthcare professionals discussing topics of interest to those who want to create a patient-centered healthcare system. You can learn more about our products and work at Intake.me.

Course Curriculum

Class 1: Introduction
03:14
Lesson 1: What is an Empowered Patient? FREE
Quiz FREE
Assignment #1
Read: How to Be an Empowered Patient
Book: PDF by Tom Ferguson MD & Society for Participatory Medicine
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Class 2: Becoming an ePatient Expert
03:35
Lesson 2: Becoming an ePatient Expert
Quiz
Listen: Google aims to cure misleading medical searches
Read: How to Read a Scientific Paper
Watch: How to Research Your Condition with Medivizor
Read: 8 Tips on Gaining Access to Journal Articles
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Class 3: Building your Healthcare Team
04:00
Lesson 3: Building Your Healthcare Team
Quiz
Patient Chat: How do you build a healthcare team?
Assignment: My Healthcare Team
Resource: How to Choose a Doctor
Read: Does your doctor listen when you talk?
Comment: Does your doctor listen when you talk?
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Class 4: Getting Your Healthcare Records
03:24
Lesson 4: Getting Your Healthcare Records
Quiz
Watch: What is HIPAA?
Watch: What are your rights under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule?
Assignment: My Records
Resource: Medical Records Request Template
Watch & Listen: Your Medical Records - What You Need to Know
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Class 5: The Empowered Patient Checklist
34:11
Lesson 5: The Empowered Patient Checklist
Watch: How to Streamline Your Doctor Visit webinar FREE
Resource: 5 Ways to Streamline Your Doctor Visit (PDF)
Resource: The Empowered Patient Doctor Visit Checklist
Assignment: My Daily Health Checklist
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Reviews (6)

A very good "starter kit" for owning your health care

by Devon Low
I found the classes highly informative and resource rich, with the kind of useful guides and checklists that helps to provide a clearer path to understanding my health and, more importantly, to help me manage the care system that helps me manage my health. I especially like the letter guides for requesting medical records from past care providers.

Thumbs Up from a Healthcare Attorney!

by David J. Holt
This course does an excellent job of explaining some of the complex health record rules in plain English so that anyone (even your technology impaired relatives!) can navigate a complicated healthcare system. Thank you!

by Trisha Bundy
Excellent info and tips
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A very good "starter kit" for owning your health care

by Devon Low
I found the classes highly informative and resource rich, with the kind of useful guides and checklists that helps to provide a clearer path to understanding my health and, more importantly, to help me manage the care system that helps me manage my health. I especially like the letter guides for requesting medical records from past care providers.

Thumbs Up from a Healthcare Attorney!

by David J. Holt
This course does an excellent job of explaining some of the complex health record rules in plain English so that anyone (even your technology impaired relatives!) can navigate a complicated healthcare system. Thank you!

by Trisha Bundy
Excellent info and tips

Informative course

by Sherry Berk
A very nice informative course. Great review of everything I already knew as a health care provider. Worth while for everyone to take.

ePatient101 Class Review

by Richard Kreis
Been doing this for 23 years and I still learned things I had not though of before to make my experiences with my medical team safer, clearer and more understandable for all of us involved. Thank you for an intensive and informative presentation.

Fun creating this class!

by Darla Brown
We've had a lot of fun creating this class and we're touched by all the tweets and emails of support. We're so happy that you've taken the class and can recommend it to your friends. Happy empowering!