The MediBid Marketplace for Physician Services

The Competition Heats Up for Medical Dollars

By Staff Reporters

www.MediBid.com opened to patients around the world on January 1, 2010 after several years of research and development. The firm was developed to provide access to greater choice and privacy, regardless of insurability, in a completely open market environment, without anyone or anything getting in the way of the decision making process between doctors and patients.

An Interactive Marketplace

MediBid is an interactive marketplace that allows cash-paying patients to seek medical care from doctors, hospitals, and facilities both locally and around the world. More than a physician directory, it is a resource where medical consumers can find a doctor, then actively seek bids for the care they need. It gives physicians a direct connection to their patients.

Founded by Change Agents

MediBid’s founders are change agents who share an unrelenting drive to change the status quo in the field of healthcare financing. Focused on building strong patient-physician relationships, while supporting patients’ privacy rights and choice in the medical market place, MediBid’s goal is to provide the best opportunity for consumers to self-direct their medical care.

Assessment

Patients who use MediBid are promised uncompromisingly unique, highly secure, needs-matching technology to acquire the best cost-to-value services anywhere. And, MediBid protects the identities of all Seekers and Bidders using state-of-the-art internet protocols. MediBid plays no part in the financial transaction or delivery of care.

Conclusion

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Seeking Patient 2.0 and Health 2.0 Definitional Stability

What is it – How does it work?

By Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA

[Managing Editor]

The Internet is a constantly evolving service that continues to grow at an exponential rate, despite late adoption by some physician practices. 

History

Since 1995, the primary use of the internet was e-mail communications with peers, hospitals and others. 

Next providers linked to hospitals and managed care organizations to obtain more direct connectivity for clinical information and insurance benefits coverage.

More recently, physicians are finding other beneficial avenues to expand their utilization of the Internet:     

  • Direct e-mail inquiries from patients.
  • Patient educational newsletters and links to other educational sites.
  • Continuing medical education (CME).
  • Chat room, consultations, conferences or professional presentations.
  • Nurse to patient e-mail connectivity.
  • Immediate data on lab results with alerts for abnormal high or low values.
  • CPOEs (Computerized Purchase Order Entry Systems).
  • Radiology images.
  • Appointment scheduling patient reminders.
  • HIPAA compliant Application Service Providers (ASP) for dictation, recording, routing and speech recognition and transcription services.
  • eMR (Electronic Medical Records) and clinical medical group ware, etc.

Health 2.0, Web 2.0 and Patient 2.0

But, ever since the term “web 2.0″ was first used in 2004, there has been an inordinate amount of chatter about what web 2.0 really is and its true impact in medicine. No one’s defined it clearly, but we think the web evolution relative to healthcare essentially falls into 3 generations, as outlined in the new re-source: Dictionary of Health Information Technology www.HealthDictionarySeries.com and our related websites, wikis and professional blogs www.BusinessofMedicalPractice.com

Health 2.0 Journalists

According to healthcare visionary and uber-blogger Matthew Holt, http://www.health2advisors.com and similar other sources, Healthcare 2.0 may be defined as:

“A rapidly developing and powerful new business approach in the health care industry that uses the Web to collect, refine and share information. It is transforming how patients, professionals, and organizations interact with each other and the larger health system. The foundation of healthcare 2.0 is information exchange plus technology. It employs user-generated content, social networks and decision support tools to address the problems of inaccessible, fragmentary or unusable health care information. Healthcare 2.0 connects users to new kinds of information, fundamentally changing the consumer experience (e.g., buying insurance or deciding on/managing treatment), clinical decision-making (e.g., risk identification or use of best practices) and business processes (e.g., supply-chain management or business analytics)”.

And so, if Health 1.0 was a book, Health 2.0 is a live discussion.

Furthermore, Scott Shreeve, MD – http://blog.crossoverhealth.com [personal communication] of Cross-Over Health defines health 2.0 as:

 “A New concept of healthcare wherein all the constituents (patients, physicians, providers, and payers) focus on healthcare value (outcomes/price) and use competition at the medical condition level over the full cycle of care as the catalyst for improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of health care.”

Assessment

By now, you probably realize that Health 2.0 empowers patients and worries doctors.

Writing for Time magazine recently, journalist Bonnie Rochman explored the ramifications of patients sharing information and tips online, an “empowerment movement” that she calls “Patient 2.0.”

In her piece, she profiled the newly created Society for Participatory Medicine, which “encourages patients to learn as much as they can about their health and also helps doctors support patients on this data-intensive quest,” as well as  www.PatientsLikeMe.com, a free service which makes its money by selling anonymized patient information.

Source: http://www.healthjournalism.org/blog/2010/02/patient-20-empowers-patients-worries-doctors

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