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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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PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns, trends & principles

“It’s not about the car – it’s about the drive.” #OpenAPS standing ovation for Mark Wilson.

This may be THE most important, articulate speech I’ve seen about profound progress in patient power – and why it matters. This talk by Mark Wilson about OpenAPS, at last Friday’s DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange 2016, contains a metaphor that’s just brilliant, explaining why patients would want to do this. Below the video are a few words for people who don’t yet […]

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key people, news & gossip, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc

Eric Dishman’s transformational speech on his last day at Intel: “Knowledge is survival”

I’ve known Eric Dishman for about five years, because we’re both kidney cancer patients. I’ve known that he’s a really sharp thinker, and a high-ranking executive at Intel, deeply interested in and involved in their work in healthcare. May 3 was his last day at Intel, and he gave what may be the most mind-expanding […]

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general, medical records, policy issues, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, shared decision making

Just Say “No” to Medicare’s MACRA Tokenism

On social media and at meetings like Health Datapalooza, our favorite federal bureaucrats assure us of their commitment to open data and patient empowerment. But those are just soothing words; federal regulations are law. On April 30, I posted on e-patients.net an article entitled, “You Won’t Believe What Medicare Just Did on Patient Engagement!” In it, I showed how the long-awaited draft […]

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e-pts resources, medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care

OpenNotes study in BMJ Quality & Safety finds patient-doctor “relational benefits”

As regular readers know, we’ve written many times about OpenNotes, the project funded by Robert Wood Johnson that blew the doors off of beliefs that bad things happen when patients see their charts. (We blogged about the original results in 2012.) Now a new study in BMJ Quality & Safety adds the results of a […]

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e-patient stories, key people, Patient Conference Participation, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, reforming hc, trends & principles

#OpenAPS is bearing big fruit, part 2: Quantified Self presentation in San Diego

A truly significant moment in the history of medicine happened last Wednesday. I say that after attending almost 500 conferences and policy meetings in the past seven years, and I don’t say it lightly. Something many people think is impossible was presented live on stage: patients, informed and empowered by access to their data and access to tools, […]

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medical records, policy issues

You Won’t Believe What Medicare Just Did on Patient Engagement!

Quick summary for the impatient: Michael’s post urges public comment in the upcoming comment period, and ends with this: “If we in the patient community do not raise questions and objections to this critically important MACRA rule, you will definitely not believe what happens next.” – e-Patient Dave Sure, I’ve always wanted to write a clickbait […]

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policy issues, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers

Don Berwick wants healthcare to take it to the limit, with Patients as Peers

Decades ago, there began a rigorous effort to tackle health care problems by focusing on science, improvement and measurement. A prominent driver of all things related to practice betterment has been The Institute of Healthcare Improvement, or IHI. Led by pediatrician Don Berwick and colleagues, IHI’s siren song has been “Plan, Do, Study and Act” […]

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medical records, policy issues, positive patterns

SPM survey results at HIMSS: “Patients want to be involved with their health information”

It’s time again for the gigantic (50,000 people) HIMSS trade show – the Health Information Management Systems Society, in Las Vegas this year. These new SPM slides (on Slideshare) will be shown in the Consumer Engagement zone, summarizing our two surveys on what patients want: The following is an editorial – my opinion, not a resolution […]

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policy issues, reforming hc, research issues, trends & principles

The Precision Medicine Initiative, Patients’ Health Data Rights and You

The recent Precision Medicine Initiative Summit at the White House saw dozens of private entities committing to join with the administration in supercharging the effort to enroll one million patients into precision medicine research programs, collecting and securely sharing data about them – including genomic data – all in an effort to crack the code […]

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