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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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news & gossip, positive patterns, trends & principles

Announcement: SPM to advise ACP’s new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare

-+*SPM co-founder and co-chair Dr. Danny Sands is appointed our first representative On Friday the following notice was distributed to members of our Society for Participatory Medicine. What a wonderful sign of medicine’s growing acceptance of the importance of patient-clinician partnership – and what a significant recognition of SPM as emblematic of this crucial collaboration we call participatory […]

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e-patient stories, e-pts resources, general, net-friendly docs, positive patterns, pts as teachers

Regina Holliday’s whooping cough story in PharmaTimes: “Treat us as partners”

-+*SPM member/legend Regina Holliday, a powerful force for grass roots empowerment and creator of The Walking Gallery of Healthcare, got whooping cough (pertussis) this winter, despite having been vaccinated just a few years earlier. The UK magazine Pharma Times interviewed her for their inside-back-cover feature in the current issue. She details how she took advantage […]

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policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc, trends & principles

Health Affairs: patient activation impact on cost + outcome

-+*In a study report hitting the digital wires on Health Affairs at 4pm Eastern time today (March 2, 2015), a group of researchers are reporting the results of a longitudinal study of Patient Activation Measure (PAM) impact on cost and outcome metrics from a large study cohort. The results show that activated, engaged patients have better outcomes, at […]

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

Mythbusting, “demanding patient” edition

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-+*We’d bet good money that anyone who identifies as an e-patient has been led to believe that their desire to participate actively in their medical care marks them as a “demanding patient.” The perception of demanding patients is that they’re behaving like spoiled divas at a medi-spa, with their demands driving up incidence of unnecessary […]

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medical records, policy issues, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc

OpenNotes in the BMJ: the message goes global, adoption is international

-+*Our Society for Participatory Medicine is all about effective patient-clinician partnerships, and to us that simply requires patient access to all information about the case. As SPM co-founder Dr. Danny Sands often says in his speeches, “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see??” So, naturally, this blog has been one of the biggest, […]

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general, news & gossip, patient networks, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, Stanford Medicine X, trends & principles

Big BMJ supplement on Patient Centred Care – with many SPM and MedX voices

-+*This is a great week for SPM, for our colleagues at the Stanford Medicine X conference, and for everyone else who’s been working for years to shift medicine’s thinking about the role of the patient: Yesterday the BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) released a big, 21 article “Spotlight” supplement on “patient centred care.” The print edition is due out tomorrow, […]

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news & gossip, policy issues, positive patterns, research issues

A landmark day in the movement: Patients in the Front Row

-+*         Last Friday, 200 patients, advocates, scientists, doctors and researchers gathered at the White House to hear President Obama’s launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative. According to the President, precision medicine aims to tailor treatments to each individual. President Obama likened precision medicine to how we match blood transfusions to blood type – only now […]

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general, policy issues, positive patterns, reforming hc

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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medical records, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns

From OpenNotes to OurNotes: New project heads toward *real* participatory medicine

-+*I’m beyond thrilled. Way beyond thrilled. This is going to take some figuring out, but is this what we’ve been striving toward, or what?? For years we’ve written here about the OpenNotes study (MyOpenNotes.org), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which established that when patients can read their doctors’ unedited visit notes – the hairy detailed medicalese […]

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