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general, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc

Dell Medical School and the Future of Care

In 2009, along with several physicians, patients and health activists, I helped form the Society for Participatory Medicine, a nonprofit promoting “a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.” I was drawn into discussions about […]

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general

The S’mores Circle

This time of the year is often filled with reflection and a retrospective review of our lives with a focus on lifestyle changes we hope to attain in the New Year. It’s a time where regrets can be erased by future aspirations. Many of us set resolutions, which I stopped doing years ago, but as […]

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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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PM Tech, positive patterns

“Unmarried teens would jump off bridges”: NY Times on suppression of home tests

A large part of the Society for Participatory Medicine’s work is culture change, and that requires pointing to the cultural roots of today’s situation, so that well-meaning people today can understand how we got here, and how absurd today will look in the future. I’ve rarely seen a better example than in today’s New York Times […]

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DocTom10

White Paper Introduction: “Tech is changing how we think about ourselves” #DocTom10

Next in our #DocTom10 series, which started here. If you haven’t read about Tom’s preface, and the Foreword by Pew Research, we urge you to. Remember, this was all written a decade ago. Today, Tom’s introduction. Please discuss!   The key question we must ask is not what technology will be like in the future, but rather, what we […]

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e-patient stories, how I became an e-patient, Why I joined

How I became an e-patient: through practice, with coaching (using Lean on the patient side)

The next in our series of “How I became an e-patient” posts. Tyson Ortiz joined a few months ago, having been introduced to us by fellow Lean practitioner Mark Graban. His story weaves together two concurrent threads: learning about a new aspect of Lean, and the arrival in his life of an urgent need for […]

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positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, research issues

“Patients organise and train doctors to provide better care”: patients writing in the BMJ

As SPM advances the cause of patients as responsible drivers of their care, we sometimes hear denials or complaints from physicians who feel that e-patients needy, uninformed, self-centered burdens on busy clinicians’ time. Well, here’s a juicy counter-example – in the BMJ, one of the world’s leading medical journals. Swedish SPM member Sara Riggare is co-author of this […]

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reforming hc, Why I joined

How can we achieve shared work, connection, and communication?

Peter Elias MD is a member at large on SPM’s board of directors. He’s a primary care physician in Maine who, when I first met him at a speaking event, said he’s always practiced this way but didn’t know it had a name – participatory medicine. He’s active both in our member community and in our executive committee’s biweekly […]

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Patient Conference Participation, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, pts as teachers, reforming hc, Stanford Medicine X, trends & principles

VIDEO: How Patients are Helping Change Medical Journals: BMJ’s Tessa Richards at MedX 2015

There can be no question that Stanford Medicine X is, head and shoulders, the most patient-oriented medical conference in the world. Susannah Fox first wrote about it here in 2012 after the first annual event, and it’s gotten better every year. I agree with what she wrote about the event’s organizer, Larry Chu MD: “Larry appeared […]

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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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