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, a free service which makes its money by selling anonymized patient information.



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6 Responses

  1. Many More eMR Project Updates for 2010

    Alberto A. Borges; MD


  2. Health 2.0 and Crowdsourcing

    The incredible power of the internet is illustrated in the phenomenon of “crowd sourcing.”

    In this context, the term means to harvest the reach and scope of social and professional networking on the Internet to solve a complex problem. A knowledge seeker asks a question and participants respond.

    It demonstrates how the asynchronous participation of many participants inevitably converges on the right answer in less than 24 hours. You just have to be patient and let the truth emerge.

    Ethical doctors embrace the concept while healthcare merchants loathe it.



  3. e-Visits to the Dermatologist

    At the ME-P; we’ve been a fan of e-medical visits for a long time.

    And, though some of the concerns from the medical establishment are warranted – It’s tough to know the nuances of a case without a pre-existing relationship with a patient, physicians aren’t often reimbursed for their time, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to show e-visits are effective, etc – much of the negativity likely was due to simple reluctance to change.

    Here’s why:

    Ann Miller; RN MHA
    [Executive Director]


  4. When a Patient Has a Gripe

    When faced with unhappy or even angry patients, some doctors may try to sweep the complaints under the rug. That’s a bad idea. There is a definite correlation between the number of complaints and the number of malpractice suits.



  5. Al, Grayson and Fred,

    Medicine traditionally relies on the unique truism that “patients may die, despite consummate skills of the practitioner.”

    No other field has this ready, plausible explanation for poor outcomes. “My patients are sicker!” has been a nearly impenetrable defense for fending off serious inquiry into the sickly statistics.

    Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA CMP™


  6. US doctors mixed on benefits of connected health

    Doctors understand the basic benefits of connected health, including data-sharing via electronic health systems and health information exchanges, but don’t quite grasp the finer points, according to an international study of more than 3,700 doctors.

    In fact, most doctors said healthcare IT improves access to quality data for clinical research (71 percent), improves care coordination (69 percent) and reduces medical errors (66 percent).

    But reducing unneeded procedures, improving access to services and improving patient outcomes? Not so much: Roughly 40 percent said that connected health has a negative impact, no impact or unknown impact on these three areas.

    The survey was conducted by technology services firm Accenture.

    So, is this new connected wave really health 2. do-h?

    Hope R. Hetico RN MHA


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