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Participatory Medicine Learning Exchange: How Are We Moving the Needle?

We are each individually advancing the participatory medicine movement in our day-to-day lives and interfaces with healthcare and/or our work. Understanding the work we are conducting within our individual silos can help us learn from one another, allow us to build upon ideas, forge collaborations, provide a forum for feedback and suggestions, and ideally avoid […]

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Why We Are Losing the Battle Against Infectious Disease

Antibiotics and similar drugs, called antimicrobial agents, have been used successfully for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long, that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill, have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. Antimicrobial […]

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Imagine if You Could Cut Through the Clutter With a Health GPS

Spearheaded by Vice President Joseph Biden, the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force was created to double the rate of progress in cancer research and treatment, striving to accelerate what could be achieved in ten years in just five. Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the Cancer Moonshot Report to the President and the American public in the Oval Office. The […]

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We’re partnering to support The Big Heist!

The Society of Participatory Medicine (SPM) is excited to announce that we’re partnering with The Big Heist to accelerate building a Health 3.0 world, where patients actively participate and are empowered to control and improve their care. The Big Heist will be a feature film—healthcare’s The Big Short + The Daily Show + Super Size […]

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e-Patient alert: “Are sites like WebMD healthful?” Dive in on NYTimes debate

Thanks to @SusanCarr, the highly patient-centered editor of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, for this tipoff this morning. I only have time right now to post this & run out the door. Click the image to visit the piece on the Times site, but first, consider my questions below. My initial thoughts – but I haven’t had time to […]

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Sips with the Society: SPM Receptions at Health 2.0 and Connected Health Summit

As the sweet days of summer 2016 start to wane, it’s time to make plans to attend key fall conferences. This year, the Society for Participatory Medicine is hosting Sips With The Society – meet and great receptions at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara and the Connected Health Symposium in Boston. If you’re attending either […]

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general, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, trends & principles

OpenNotes hits TEN MILLION patient level

As regular readers know, for years we’ve been blogging here about OpenNotes, in which patients and their designated caregivers can read every word their clinicians write, so they can be more informed. The OpenNotes tagline, “Doctors and patients on the same page,” is no joke: I was one of the subjects in the study, and I’ve […]

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e-patient stories, general, how I became an e-patient, patient networks, positive patterns, pts as teachers, social media

Cleo Kordomenos: How My Opinion on Online Health Communities Changed

This is a guest blog post by Cleo Kordomenos. Cleo was my student in the New Media and Health Communication class I taught at TCNJ. More about the class is shared in this post.  Cleo Kordomenos is a Senior Communication Studies student at The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Health Communication and a […]

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New data from CMS insurance claims will empower consumer choice

A patient’s ability to choose the provider they want depends largely on information – same as any other choice, right? So this blog has long praised The Leapfrog Group for its deep analysis and publication of hospital quality and safety data, through its Hospital Safety Scores service. Note that this isn’t just a “patient power” issue […]

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Health 2.0: first conference to offer Patient Activist awards. Vote!

Voting ends Sunday July 31 Patient activists who attend conferences know that it’s been a long climb to get patient voices welcomed. The #PatientsIncluded movement has been around for years, making small dents, but Health 2.0 is one of the best: while they don’t provide stipends to cover travel costs, they admit patients and caregivers to […]

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