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How Data Registries Help with Full Information at the Point of Care

The practice of medicine is shifting from episodic patient care to care focused on addressing many broad-based, unique, sometimes esoteric health conditions. Fueling this transition is a new focus on patient reported outcomes and health data registries that aggregate a patient’s information in one central database where it can be accessed by patients, clinicians, and […]

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New data from CMS insurance claims will empower consumer choice

A patient’s ability to choose the provider they want depends largely on information – same as any other choice, right? So this blog has long praised The Leapfrog Group for its deep analysis and publication of hospital quality and safety data, through its Hospital Safety Scores service. Note that this isn’t just a “patient power” issue […]

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

OpenNotes study in BMJ Quality & Safety finds patient-doctor “relational benefits”

As regular readers know, we’ve written many times about OpenNotes, the project funded by Robert Wood Johnson that blew the doors off of beliefs that bad things happen when patients see their charts. (We blogged about the original results in 2012.) Now a new study in BMJ Quality & Safety adds the results of a […]

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medical records, policy issues

NPR Shots: Small Violations Of Medical Privacy Can Hurt Patients And Corrode Trust

One pillar of participatory medicine, as SPM co-chair Dr. Danny Sands often says, is access to our medical records: “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see??” But a major impediment to free-flowing information is incompetence or malfeasance in protecting our data, which makes some people want to clamp down. Patients and […]

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Monthly introduction to e-Patients.net

This is our monthly introduction to e-Patients.net, blog of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Follow the Society on Twitter (@S4PM), Facebook, and LinkedIn.  Here’s how to become a Society member, individual or corporate. Our publications: This blog is e-patients.net. Subscribe via RSS. Our open-access journal is the Journal of Participatory Medicine (Twitter: @JourPM) “Participatory Medicine is a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of […]

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Monthly introduction to e-Patients.net

This is our monthly introduction to e-Patients.net, blog of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Follow the Society on Twitter (@S4PM), Facebook, and LinkedIn.  Here’s how to become a Society member, individual or corporate. Our publications: This blog is e-patients.net. Subscribe via RSS. Our open-access journal is the Journal of Participatory Medicine (Twitter: @JourPM) “Participatory Medicine is a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of […]

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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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Good Medicine: Choosing What to Do and What Not to Do.

The Choosing Wisely® campaign was launched in 2012 by the ABIM Foundation to encourage patients and clinicians to think about the tests and treatment choices they are implementing or requesting, and to avoid those tests that have proven to be overused and inappropriate. Over the past three years, this initiative has engaged nearly 100 national […]

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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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