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On Making Patient Reviews of Physicians More Useful

I recently hosted a Google Hangout on Air entitled Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd? (presented by The Harlow Group LLC in association with The Society for Participatory Medicine). I spoke with Niam Yaraghi (Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution) and Casey Quinlan (Mighty Casey Media) following their interesting back-and-forth online […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, trends & principles

SPM applauds King v Burwell – “making healthcare accessible & participatory for all”

The Society for Participatory Medicine believes that an effective healthcare system is a collaborative one, where care providers and the patients and families they care for work together toward the best possible health outcomes. The importance of this partnership cannot be overstated; its supporters range from the Institute of Medicine to the World Health Organization, […]

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medical records, policy issues

“Taxpayers need better access”: Last day to comment to CMS on #NoMUwithoutMe

Today (11:59pm ET) is the deadline for public comments on the proposed rollback of “Meaningful Use 2″ regulations for patient access to their medical records. SPM feels that this is a major issue for enabling patient-provider partnerships; as SPM co-chair Dr. Danny Sands often says, “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I […]

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general, key people, medical records, news & gossip, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns

BREAKING: Susannah Fox is HHS’s new Chief Technology Officer

A quick first post, copied from Facebook: “Hugest news EVER! Susannah Fox​ is the new Chief Technology Officer at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services​. How amazing is that??” My comment on Susannah’s short post: “This wins my prize as the biggest government-based Mazel Tov in the history of the e-patient movement!  Bringing heart […]

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policy issues

Add Your Voice: Meaningful Use Regulations Mustn’t Leave Patient Engagement in the Dust

There are two sets of Meaningful Use draft regulations out for comment at present: (1) Proposed revisions to Meaningful Use Stage 2 (“MU2”), with comments due June 15 and (2) Proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 (“MU3”) regulations, to be effective in 2017 at the earliest. The Society for Participatory Medicine has filed comments on both […]

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general, medical records, policy issues, pt/doc co-care

Patient Advocates Fight for Access to Medical Data: ‘It’s a Matter of Life and Death’ (KQED)

The advo-cacy of individual SPM members is gaining increasing visibility in the mainstream media, driving home the human impact of policies that help – or don’t help – patients be active contributors to their families’ health and care. This is excruciatingly important as America debates the proposed rule changes for patient data access mentioned here last […]

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e-pts resources, general, medical records, policy issues, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

#NoMUwithoutME: Primary School Edition

        Created using Bitstrips. Text engine: Up Goer Five, “Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words? It’s not very easy.” Bottom line: When you go to the doctor, any doctor, always ask for your records. Ideally, electronic versions of your records that you can look […]

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medical records, policy issues

NY Times editorial on forces who “knowingly interfere” with health info exchange

It’s often hard for our movement to get major media attention, but it looks like it’s happening: things are heating up on the “empire strikes back” front that we reported on twice this week. Friday’s New York Times, page A30, carried an editorial Roadblocks to Sharing Medical Records, about the report ONC sent to Congress last […]

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medical records, news & gossip, policy issues, reforming hc

“No MU without ME”: join the campaign to fight health data hiding

Several edits made, 1-2pm There is a movement underway – a movement for patient liberation and autonomy – and the empire is striking back, interfering with our efforts. We – the whole movement, not just SPM – need your help. If you’re in a hurry, skip down to the Do this first section. But come back […]

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general, policy issues, reforming hc, research issues

PHI Data Breaches May be Increasing, But It’s Not Impacting Our Sharing

According to a new study in JAMA, data breaches into people’s protected health information (PHI) records are increasing: “[The] study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years,” notes the AP reporting on the study. That’s a lot of data theft. […]

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