Self-Service Healthcare?

In a recent commentary on the American Public Media program Marketplace Money, Francis Frei discussed the failure of self check-out at supermarkets. Her insightful commentary is clearly based on both personal experience as well as her professional knowledge of...

What do Participatory Medicine and OWS have in common?

The short answer is “plenty” but the longer one will have to wait. This is a work in progress, but in the meantime, I’m surfing the net and finding great stuff to share. In particular, see this video or read the transcript of ethicist Harriet...

Doctor Pay Too High?

I just received this press release and suspect the original study will get a fair amount of attention. While the original research article in Health Affairs requires a subscription, the press release tells most of the story. I encourage our readers to have a look at...

Too Many Doctors?

I don’t hide the fact that I am a dyed in the wool liberal. I read, and agree with, pretty much everything Paul Krugman writes. But, it’s rare for me to discover the kind of synergy between my Krugman-inspired ire over economic policy and politics generally and the...

The Economist picks up the meme again

I suspect this has caught the attention of  many of our readers, but I’ll emphasize it anyway.  The Economist often comments on technology and health-care. Recently, they talked up Health 2.0 a bit.  What I was most struck by is the handful of comments.  Most...

Live Blogging the Boston Summit on Transforming Healthcare

Tonight in Boston a series of speakers  are presenting views on the coming transformation of healthcare. (See the web at http://hilforum.com/transforminghealthcare/) Here’s the speaker list— Opening remarks – Steven Wardell, President, H.I.L. Forum and Summit...

Are on-line pharmacies a threat to participatory medicine?

In a piece in the New York Times 7/9/08 (Abuses are Found in Online Sales of Medication) a report (also out Weds) from Columbia University is described. According to the authors, 85% of online sites that sell medications directly to the public do not require a...

Information Overload: Problem or Not?

In order to take command of your health, you must have access to information. Fortunately, the availability of information has been greatly enhanced by the advent of the Internet. In fact, many people attribute the existence of the modern e-patient to the Internet....

Nice Review at Consumer Reports

Orly Avitzur, a neurologist and e-Patient savvy doc, is now a medical editor at the Consumer’s Union/Consumer Reports. She’s written an excellent short review of some of the important developments in what we’ve come to call participatory medicine...
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