Last week U.S. News & World Report published its 24th annual rankings of Best Hospitals, a resource for patients with particularly difficult or complex conditions. It ranks America's best hospitals across various geographical regions and in 16 medical specialties.
Deciding on a hospital is only part of the process, though. To further the conversation and to guide consumers' choices, U.S. News is holding a live Twitter chat about empowering hospital patients. This chat will include experts from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation. Individual experts will include Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent; Trisha Torrey, patient advocate and founder of AdvoConnection; and Ted Eytan, director for the Permanente Federation, LLC.
Experts are prepared to discuss how patients in a hospital can take ownership of their care and become actively engaged and informed about their treatment. This includes topics such as computerized health records, honesty with your doctor, getting the most out of your visit, and knowing which questions to ask your provider.
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Experts: @INQRIprogram, @RWJF_HumanCap, @theNPSF, @NPAF_tweets, @TrishaTorrey, @tedeytan, @elizcohencnn
Disclaimer: Please be aware that any of your tweets containing the hashtag may appear in a U.S. News health story about patient empowerment and will be attributed to you.
Questions? Email Kimberly Leonard, Web producer for U.S. News's Health Rankings team at kleonard(at)usnews.com. Connect with Kimberly on Twitter.