April 28, 2011
Read my latest iHealthbeat Perspective on this topic. The rise of the ePatient feeds off of social media tools.
Two points I would like to reinforce:
- every patient with a chronic or life-threatening condition is a member of an online community – they just need to join
- social media sites are become a routine source of information on managing one’s disease and engaging one’s physician.
The members of the Society for Participatory Medicine are taking the lead in this area. To read a more extensive treatment, read the e-Patient Whitepaper and the works of Susanna Fox, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and others. This movement is very dynamic and making strides into the practice of medicine.
This opinion piece was inspired by attending TEDxMaastricht – the videos tell the story of how social media technology is enabling participatory medicine.Share this: