The age of digitzed medicine is here. But for all its promises of simplifying doctors' visits, the technology also risks alienating the very people it's meant to help.
The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill, has been the final kick in the pants that U.S. health care has long needed to make the conversion to digital. The act states that, by employing electronic health records (EHRs) in a fashion known as meaningful use, doctors are individually
As people have turned to Internet media for news, many medical schools and teaching hospitals have responded by joining the blogosphere. For many institutions, blogs allow a more in-depth exploration of a new scientific study or major event than a Facebook post or tweet. It is unclear exactly how many medical schools and teaching hospitals maintain blogs, but the number appears to be growing. In a 2011 survey by the AAMC’s Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA), 44 percent of medical school and teaching hospital respondents reported using blogs as part of their social media strategy.
Ed Bennett, director of Web strategy at the University
Susannah Fox is an Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization which studies the social impact of the internet. She has contributed to this blog since its inception, before its affiliation with the Society for Participatory Medicine, and is not a member of the Society. Follow her on Twitter: @SusannahFoxSurvey data is a snapshot of a population, a moment captured in numbers, like vital signs: height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, etc. People build trend lines and watch for changes, shifting strategies as they make educated guesses about what’s going on. What’s holding steady?
What follows is a special article written by e-Patient Dave deBronkart. I’m glad to share Dave’s thinking in this space and to welcome him to our upcoming St. Luke’s Health System Summit as a featured speaker.It’s a time of great challenge for everyone in medicine, and challenges bring chances to excel in new ways. The rules are changing. Here’s why I think the change is real and how we can retool for the future ahead.I preface my remarks by saying I’m alive because of the best of medicine. Diagnosed incidentally in 2007 with stage IV renal cell carcinoma, I confronted my mortality, and placed myself in the hands of the best clinicians I could
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