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Fighting Cybercrime: One Hacker at a Time

Computer Crime is the misuse of a computer or associated electronic networking system in order to commit illegal and unlawful acts. Computer crimes range from the illegal use of the internet to the unlawful accessing of information stored in computer systems.  In 1984, my husband Peter Finn, who is an attorney, and I wrote an […]

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Participatory Medicine: An Administrator’s Point of View

Guest post by Mark Reifsteck [left], who joined our Society in 2014. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkWReifsteck. To become a member, individually or organizationally, see our Join Us page. It started innocently enough: I made an off-handed comment on the SPM member listserv about tone-deaf (my term) administration of a healthcare institution, which prompted […]

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2016: Opportunities and Challenges in Health Care

In 2016, mHealth technology will occupy center stage in transforming clinical care and clinical research.  Smartphone-linked wearable sensors will turn science fiction into reality as these mobile diagnostic tools provide the in depth information that enables    patients and clinicians to experience more accurate, continuous streams of information that will help them make better informed health […]

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The Role of Dignity in Health Care

Every patient wants to be treated with dignity.  However, when you are sitting in a doctor’s exam room, holding together a hospital gown that somehow does not want to completely fit around you, or close properly, it is difficult to feel that you have any dignity.  When the doctor comes into the room and barely […]

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found on the net, positive patterns, pt/doc co-care, reforming hc, trends & principles

JAMA: Reducing the Trauma of Hospitalization

Thanks to member Marilyn Mann for sharing this free article in JAMA with a suggestion on how to better personalize the patient’s hospital stay – really sensible suggestions. One reads them and wonders why they are not in place already. An excerpt: Stress is also toxic and can emanate from uncertainty, unforeseen events, and anxiety. […]

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Patient Designed: Top 3 things hospitals can do today to be more participatory

The Society for Participatory Medicine, through its founders and mission, has a strong belief in the expertise of its patient members – many of whom identify as providers or journalists or have expertise in HIT, health economics and other areas. Patients, often through the marriage of acquired experience and the skills they bring with them […]

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medical records, PM Tech, policy issues, positive patterns

Monday: Watch the Consumer Health IT Summit live. Our time is here!

Monday Sept. 16 is the 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit. That means we, the patients, are the focus – we and our data, of course! – along with the providers (doctors, nurses, practices, hospitals) who serve us. You can watch live, online, without prior registration. But you need Adobe Flash Player so be sure you […]

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

Beth Israel Deaconess FAQ for their patients reading OpenNotes

Clarification 9/7: The FAQ posted below is of course authored by my hospital, not by me. Several people misunderstood so I edited this and the headline. On Wednesday I posted about the roll-out of OpenNotes to over a million patients and families. That post arose when I myself got notified that Beth Israel Deaconess (my […]

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reforming hc

RECENT rule violations that caused serious harm: CMS releases searchable database

For the patient safety crowd – which is all of us, when we shop for medical services: Cheryl Clark of Health Leader just posted this on Facebook, from this weekend’s Boston meeting of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ): “For the first time, providers, payers, and patients now have an enormous searchable database containing documents detailing about 8,000 […]

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New Hospital Safety Score data: a key enabler for informed choice

The PDF at right is a summary of sample data from this new dataset. The Leapfrog Group is a highly respected patient safety organization. They’ve earned a reputation for carefully and thoughtfully assessing providers’ actual performance in quality and safety. Their mission statement: To trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health […]

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