Health 2.0 Empowers Patients – Worries Doctors

Patient 2.0 Collaborative Care Worries Doctors

By Staff Reporters

Writing for Time, Bonnie Rochman digs into the ramifications of patients sharing information and tips online, an “empowerment movement” she calls “Patient 2.0.”

Society of Participatory Medicine

In the piece, she profiles 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 PatientsLikeMe.com, a free service which makes its money by selling anonymized patient information.

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

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GE and Muzzled Radiologist End Libel Case

MRI Drug Omniscan Implicated in UK

By Staff Reporters

General Electric Healthcare has settled its libel lawsuit against Dr. Henrik Thomsen, the Danish radiologist who raised questions about the safety of one of the company’s drugs used for magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] scans.

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According to Jeff Gerth of ProPublica, the two-year-old suit in London involved a 2007 presentation Thomsen made in Oxford and statements in an article published in his name by a European scientific journal in February 2008. Both contained descriptions of his experiences at a Copenhagen hospital in 2006, when 20 kidney patients, all of whom had been injected with the GE Healthcare drug, Omniscan, developed a crippling and sometimes deadly disease. The rare condition is called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF.

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Link: http://www.propublica.org/feature/ge-muzzled-radiologist-end-uk-libel-case

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