Category Archives: Patient Engagement

Smartphones: Tilting Control from Physicians to Patients

Dr Eric Topel–physician/cardiologist, Chair of Innovative Medicine, Professor of Genomics, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and Medscape Editor-in-Chief (WebMD)–wrote the enlightening, must-read January 9, 2015 Saturday Essay for the Wall Street Journal. In it he explains how and why the smartphone, in … Continue reading

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A Happy New Year, HealthIT?

Many of those interested and concerned with HealthIT are looking at 2015 as a critical year, especially for the fate of  electronic health records (EHR). Arthur Allen, editor of eHealth at Pro Politico, muses on the problems 2015 brings for EHR, describing … Continue reading

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@PatientPower: HealthIT Empowers Patients, Too

Patient Power and Andrew’s Blog are among my favorite online resources for information about cancer care. They chronicle so well the world of clinical research, promising treatments and trials, and potential outcomes. It’s great hearing the best of the best in the world … Continue reading

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Data for Individual Health: Towards a Learning Health System

JASON, an independent advisory group of scientists, has issued a very interesting and informative report, Data for individual health, with findings and recommendations for a patient-centered Learning Health System  in which the focused is on the health of individuals rather than the … Continue reading

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Health Apps: Where Do They Make Sense

Health Apps-Where do they make sense?, a white paper published March 2014 and based on a seminar held at the King’s Fund, London, 28 October 2013, summarizes issues related to health apps from the perspectives of patients, standards, and policies. The seminar’s … Continue reading

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PHR Resulted in Improved Quality of Care and Use of Services

A recent Emory University study concluded, “Having a personal health record resulted in significantly improved quality of medical care and increased use of medical services among patients. Personal health records could provide a relatively low-cost scalable strategy for improving medical … Continue reading

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Synchronicity and ‘Secret Sauce’

Wouldn’t you know: The other day, on our way home from the oncologist nearly 100 miles away, we stopped at our favorite, world class Bar-B-Q joint, Jim ‘N Nick’s.  We ordered big so we’d have enough take-home for at least … Continue reading

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