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Patient engagement is a trendy topic for healthcare providers – the latest spin terminology for “patient compliance” – as in how do I get patients to follow treatment protocols? Take better care of themselves? Especially now that payment for my services may be negatively affected by bad outcomes and poor patient satisfaction?

Patients code in diagnostic scanners. I know this because in my three short years as a nurse, two of my own have done it. I guess you can say that is a pretty low percentage, but to me (and my fellow nurses out there), it is two too many. We’ve been with our “high-risk” monitored patients thousands of times to tests. What makes this one, the one where they code, different? I’ll tell you. It is different because this time you know nothing will happen. This time you…