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The movement gets real: one of Doc Tom’s sightings gets $28 million with Iora Health

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 […]

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Patient Generated Health Data webinar featuring SPM members

The Health Data Consortium, the folks who bring Health Datapalooza to life in DC every year, have increased the input of the Consumer Circle ahead of this year’s event, which is on the calendar for May 29 thru June 3 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington DC. As part of that commitment to increasing the […]

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Hot Trends in Health Care for 2015

MHealth Over 90% of the world’s population has some type of mobile phone, according to reports from the ITU (International Telecommunications Union and PEW research. mHealth will continue to be a major factor in technology and health in 2015, with new apps that connect patients to physicians for real-time monitoring of heart rate, pulse, blood […]

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Consumer Reports: “Respectful” treatment key to patient safety?

In a report released today (December 16, 2014), Consumer Reports shares insights from a survey of 1,200 people who were recently hospitalized. SPM is not surprised by the findings, which include the fact that patients who said they received respectful treatment by hospital clinicians reported fewer medical errors and better experiences in their hospital stays. […]

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What happens when patients can accurately make their own diagnosis?

A physician friend once shared his belief that the main product of a physician’s productivity is the diagnosis. Setting aside feelings about the notion of a work product in medicine, I’ve quite liked the simplicity of his distillation. The diagnosis is the economic enabler which leads to tests, prescriptions, treatments, interventions and counseling. So, what […]

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general, policy issues, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

Engaging Patients in Safety: Naughty or Nice?

This post by long-time SPM member Michael Millenson first appeared on the EngagingPatients.org blog. We’re re-posting it here to both put it on the membership’s radar, and to invite comments on Michael’s POV that “As much as we can argue that patient engagement with their own healthcare decisions is progress, asking patients to keep doctors honest about the […]

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Sequencing Your Genome: Opportunities and Challenges

Rapid advances in the technologies giving scientists the ability to analyze, understand and identify the unique characteristics in the genome of every human being are now being translated into clinical applications that are actually prolonging the life of many individuals afflicted with a variety of diseases.  This was evident at the 10th anniversary of the […]

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Digital Technology in Health and Participatory Medicine Recognized in UN Forum

    The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. The active participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is a critical element in the work of CSW. […]

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Inaugural Emerging Leader Award from CCFA- DC Chapter for Carly Medosch

Society for Participatory Medicine member Carly Medosch and her mother Mary Jo have run the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Fredericksburg, VA support group for the past 6 years. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two forms of imflamatory bowel disease (IBD) – conditions with chronic or recurring immune response and inflammation of the […]

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What has happened to the Personal Health Record?

By Nancy B. Finn There has been so much discussion online and in the press about electronic health records and physicians sharing EHR data with patients via such tools as OpenNotes and Blue Button, that the personal health record (PHR) has been lost in the dialogue.

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