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Living with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Guest: Julia Hallisy

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Our guest today is Julia A. Hallisy, D.D.S., Inc. President The Empowered Patient Coalition The Empowered Patient Coalition is dedicated to providing an unprecedented level of information, resources and educational support to the public. The Coalition is committed to promoting a culture of transparency, meaningful interaction and active participation that will allow patients and their advocates to assume a greater role in improving the safety and the quality of their health care. As one of our first projects, the coalition has developed a detailed and comprehensive patient guide to hospital care which will give consumers a blue print for interacting with the health care system in ways that are safe, successful and empowering. Patients will understand how the system works and be able to identify key staff members, learn how to ask the right questions at the appropriate time, build invaluable communication and collaboration skills, and both recognize quality health care and feel comfortable speaking up if their health care needs improvement. The consumer and the patient advocate will learn how to reduce the odds of experiencing medical error and hospital-acquired infection and understand the tremendous impact they can have on patient safety and health care quality. It is our intent to help medical patients achieve an increased level of participation to minimize their chances of experiencing medical errors and the many other Patient Care adverse events that remain a constant challenge in our health care system. We provide the consumer and the patient advocate a clear understanding of the importance of forming interactive partnerships with providers and give them the tools and resources they need to become capable and confident members of the health care team. Ultimately, the public can be a valuable resource for adverse event reporting and should be called upon to help establish guidelines for patient’s rights.

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