Dell Medical School and the Future of Care

In 2009, along with several physicians, patients and health activists, I helped form the Society for Participatory Medicine, a nonprofit promoting “a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in...

A Season in Hell

Author Mark Dery’s eloquent essay on his hospitalizations for cancer and complications is clearly one of the best – and most disturbing – patient stories we’ve read....

“Patients are not consumers”

Economist Paul Krugman, blogging at the New York Times, argues that patients should not be referred to as “consumers.” Krugman says “The idea that all this can be reduced to money — that doctors are just people selling services to consumers of health...

The Complete Guide to Self Tracking

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sponsor of the e-Patients White Paper that was the genesis of this blog and the Society for Participatory Medicine, is sponsoring a partnership of the Institute for the Future and The Quantified Self to build a The Complete Guide to...

New at the Journal for Participatory Medicine

From Kathleen O’Malley, managing editor of The Journal of Participatory Medicine: We’ve got some good intellectual exchanges going on at The Journal of Participatory Medicine. The three latest Commentaries we posted have garnered several worthwhile...

Avoiding harm in the hospital

I spoke recently at a summit organized by Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, and learned in detail about the persistence and prevalence of hospital-acquired infections and other safety risks. Hospitals are not as safe as they should and could be, and...
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