The article investigates how patient engagement programs are being developed for U.S. health care delivery systems. Topics discussed include the growing role of patient engagement in value-based care delivery, and its relevance to various aspects of hospital services such as health literacy and patient satisfaction. It emphasizes the role of technology in facilitating efforts toward greater patient involvement in care, reduced readmissions, and health monitoring outside the hospital setting. INSETS: ABOUT TH E SERIES.;EXECUTIVE CORNER..