The Rise of Social Media & Participatory Medicine

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.

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