New-Wave Operative Definitions
By Jennifer Tomasik MS
Enabled by information, software, and community that we collect or create, we the patients can be effective partners in our own health care, and we the people can participate in reshaping the health system itself.
— Dr. Ted Eytan, Director, Permanente Federation, LLC
Health 2.0’s potential lies in enabling, catalyzing, and sustaining changes in the practice of healthcare.
Dr. Ted Eytan, a nationally recognized proponent of digitally-enhanced patient care with a particular interest in preventive care, has blogged the above “declaration of health care independence,” which we will use as our own working definition of Health 2.0.
A Human Space Defined by Engagement
We see Health 2.0 as a human space defined by engagement, aided by technology, in which information and accountability can flow between individuals and their care teams and between individuals and their social networks.
The “practice” of healthcare can be understood as a set of “behaviors” that becomes embedded in daily life, plus the “supports” that provide the appropriate resources to achieve the desired outcomes.
Thus, changing a current practice (in pursuit of a different outcome) requires enabling the behavior you want to encourage by providing the necessary supports to make it happen. Health 2.0 has made new supports available for people to embed health-seeking behaviors and sustain practices that increase their involvement in their own health.
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[iii] Moussa M, Tomasik JL. “Doctor-Patient Relationships in the Modern Era: Can We Talk—A Collaborative Shift in Bedside Manner.” Ch. 15 in Marcinko D.E. and Hope R. Hetico. The Business of Medical Practice: Transformational Health 2.0 Skills for Doctors. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2011.
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