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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. [Link]  

Consumer Reports: Medical devices are rarely tested

Consumer Reports notes that medical devices are rarely tested to determine whether they’re safe. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project is gathering stories from patients who’ve had a problem with an implant or a medical device. The Project is...

e-Patient Dave corrects a “troll”

e-Patient Dave deBronkart is profiled in Technology Review, and at his own site responds to a “troll” whose comment on the Technology Review piece is dismissive of his e-patient experience.  

“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...