Join Geoffrey Williams, MD, PhD, and NextGen Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Betty Rabinowitz, MD, FACP, to learn how the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) model can take your patient engagement to the next level.
Challenges of helping patients achieve health goals
Chronic diseases are among the most prevalent and costly health conditions in the United States. Prevention and treatment depend on patients being highly engaged in their care and motivated to achieve positive and lasting outcomes.
Clinicians often experience challenges to engage patients in their care and make the behavior changes necessary for them to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Let's explore how Self-Determination Theory can provide an effective framework for health-related interventions, including:
Dr. Geoffrey Williams is Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. After retiring from UR, he has taken a position as the Medical Director for the Collaborative Science and Innovation unit at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southeast Norway. He is an internist with board certification in Lipids and Hypertension. He received his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan. Dr. Williams performed fellowships in Biopsychosocial Medicine and General Internal Medicine prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from URMC. Dr. Williams has more than 30 years of practice experience in academic internal medicine and training as a health psychologist. He has contributed to the development of the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) model for health behavior change, focusing much of his research career on SDT and its application in interventions for health-related motivation, tobacco dependence treatment, diabetes self-management, adherence to medications, and other health behaviors that are difficult to change.
Dr. Betty Rabinowitz was appointed as our chief medical officer on April 19, 2018. She brings to this position more than 25 years of extensive clinical experience and expansive knowledge of population health and value-based practice transformation. Betty joined the NextGen Healthcare family in August 2017 as one of the founders and the former chief executive officer of EagleDream Health.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from Ben-Gurion University Medical School in Israel, where she also completed a residency in Internal Medicine. She came to the United States in 1990 for a fellowship in Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she became a professor of clinical medicine. In addition, Dr. Rabinowitz served as the medical director of the University of Rochester’s Center for Primary Care, overseeing clinical operations and population health management for the university’s large employed primary care network. In 2020, she was named on the list of the Top 25 Woman in Healthcare Software by the Healthcare Technology Report.