There are times in a movement when value is revealed and recognized, and you know something real is happening. In the engaged-patient movement, the first I noticed was when Amy Tenderich’s Diabetes Mine blog (and its community) was acquired several years ago. That takes it from what some people might view as “clubby” to tangible significance. (Oh, and they just got picked up again (amid a flurry of press releases) by Healthline.)
This post is going to be pretty enthusiastic so I’ll say at the start that I have no connection with Iora Health. I believe in what they’re doing, but that’s all - I’ve never visited or even talked to them, though I’ve met CEO Rushika Fernandopulle (left).
I first read about him, seven years ago this week, for what he was doing back then.
Twenty years ago the founder of our movement, “Doc Tom” Ferguson, predicted that the internet would turn healthcare on its head: see Steal These Slides, which cites CNN as calling Tom “the George Washington of patient empowerment.” He then started spotting various people doing things differently because of the internet, including SPM founders Gilles Frydman, Alan & Cheryl Greene of DrGreene.com, Dr. Danny Sands, Joe & Terry Graedon of PeoplesPharmacy.com, etc.