Society for Participatory Medicine co-founder and Board co-Chair, Daniel Z. Sands, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the SPM representative to a newly formed Advisory Board of the Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH), recently established by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

CPPH is guided by an Advisory Board for Patient Partnership in Healthcare chaired by Phyllis Guze, MD, MACP  past chair of ACP’s Board of Regents. The Advisory Board includes representatives from patient organizations along with ACP member physicians and other multidisciplinary clinicians. Their goal is to develop programs and offer resources that promote authentic partnerships between patients and healthcare professionals to enhance quality, safety and the experience of care.

Dr. Sands is a practicing physician with training and experience in clinical informatics and holds an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School.  He has worked in a variety of capacities in the health care IT industry since 2004. Prior to that he spent almost 14 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he developed and implemented innovative systems to improve clinical care delivery and patient engagement, including clinical decision support systems, an electronic health record, and one of the nation’s first patient portals. He is the recipient of numerous healthcare honors, including recognition in 2009 by HealthLeaders Magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.”

The Society for Participatory Medicine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that seeks to encourage mutual collaboration among patients, health professionals, caregivers and others across the continuum of care. The Society provides a forum for its members to interact and exchange ideas on health issues, influence policy, advocate, conduct research, educate patients, caregivers, and health care professionals in best practices in participatory medicine. SPM fosters initiatives that impact the quality, efficacy, safety and viability of healthcare policy and practice.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

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