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Apr 25 2014

Medical Expert to Lecture on Patient Navigation Systems

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 24, 2014) – Dr. Harold Freeman, an expert in the issue of health care disparities and the benefits of patient navigation systems, will lecture at NYIT as part of the Provocative Perspectives on Health Care series on Wednesday, April 30.
Freeman, head of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute  and past president of the American Cancer Society, will focus his remarks on how personal guidance and attention can help steer patients through the complexities of health care, particularly when they are diagnosed with disease.
“Patient navigation is patient-centric,” says Freeman, who pioneered the concept. “It concentrates on improving the condition of the patient. The primary thing that navigation does is to eliminate barriers to timely, quality care.”
Freeman’s lecture begins at 4 pm at Riland Auditorium.
Freeman says about 3,000 medical facilities in the United States have navigators, which help patients understand their diagnosis, make appointments, coordinate care, and guide them through treatment.
Freeman, in a recent New York Times op-ed, noted that he and colleagues pioneered a patient navigation program at Harlem Hospital in 1990, providing one-on-one support to women who had been diagnosed with abnormal findings during breast cancer screenings. Within 10 years, the provision of free screening, coupled with a navigation system that helped patients with insurance issues, explanations of medical recommendations, and appointments, raised the five-year survival rate from 39% to 70%.
His institute, established in 2007, offers patient navigation training and has certified training for more than 1,000 people.
Patient navigation can be applied differently according to what problems people face and where they live,” says Freeman. “It applies throughout the continuum of care: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.”
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