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Watch: Webcast – patient engagement from the patient’s point of view

This is a guest post by our member Mary Beth Schoening. Mary Beth is co-founder of Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. an organization combining the power of human compassion with technology, advanced research and best practices from industry to encourage healthy behaviors.  As a digital health strategist, she has developed strategies and tools to engage both […]

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reforming hc, trends & principles, Why PM

We’re all in this together

A guest post from member Jeffrey Halbstein-Harris – this is a small slice of a longer piece he used as the basis for a speaking engagement. This is a call to consumers: my brothers and sisters who rely on healthcare and its infrastructure’s support throughout their life. I was leaving a meeting of healthcare policy experts […]

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Patient Conference Participation, positive patterns, trends & principles

Partnering with Patients – From Theory to Practice: #HealthcareTransformers

Three continents. Five patients. Three conferences. Dramatic change is occurring in healthcare where patients, “the true trans­formers in care”, are changing the playing field, and redefining how they want to engage and affect change. The Society for Participatory Medicine is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine, a movement in which […]

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A Turing test for diagnosis: BMJ evaluates online symptom checkers; good Globe article

A new article in the BMJ this week reports on a good, clever evaluation of 29 online symptom checkers, showing that some have a clue and some don’t. I love it; in my view the bottom line is “Some are better than nothing, none is near perfect, and some are junk. Learn, but as with all […]

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Conference Organizers to Affected Patients: “Go Fund Yourself”!

SPM member MaryAnne Sterling is Co-founder of tech startup Connected Health Resources – she’s a healthcare transformer and person-centered care activist whose motto is: no family caregiver left behind. A recent experience, what she calls her “go fund yourself” moment, is captured in this guest post. During the Holidays, I carry on a time-honored tradition in my family: […]

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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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Tune in for Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd?

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Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd? Google Hangout On Air Hosted by David Harlow with Niam Yaraghi and Casey Quinlan Wed, Jun 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Presented by David Harlow (aka HealthBlawg) in association with The Society for Participatory Medicine. I am hosting a conversation with Niam Yaraghi (Center […]

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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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