Some new “What if health care…?” dreams are circulating and since they are specifically related to my research, I have to call them out.
First, check out this article by Eugene Borukhovich about the power of DIY health care tools and self-tracking — and how we need to move toward DIT (do it together):
Then there’s the news that Aetna and PatientsLikeMe have teamed up, making peer-to-peer healthcare a little less crazy and lot more obvious:
Tracking for Health (2013)
Peer-to-peer Healthcare (2011)
Peer-to-peer Healthcare: Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Obvious. (2011)
When I was writing the Pew Research report, “Peer-to-peer Healthcare,” I switched back and forth between numbers and stories, national survey data and notes from my fieldwork among people living with rare conditions. I learned to scan my spreadsheet of rare-disease respondents for women’s names since they seemed to stop at nothing to protect their children – or maybe they just told the best stories.
When I read “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints,” by Susannah Meadows on Sunday evening, I was transported back to the maze of rare disease, where a chance conversation can connect you with the right clinician, the right treatment, or even just the comfort of not being alone. Meadows writes about the shock of her young son’s arthritis.diagnosis and then, later, the shock of recognition when she talks with someone whose child has the same condition. Continue reading
- the line I added to my speech on the train up to Philadelphia last Saturday.
I wanted to convey to the people attending the 2012 Moebius Syndrome Conference that I admire them and see them as pioneers of peer-to-peer health care. My full post is on e-patients.net: Health Care Hackers
This is a highlight reel of my keynote at last year’s Medicine 2.0 conference. I’ll be speaking at Medicine 2.0 Boston on Sept. 15 to discuss patient-provider collaboration for patient safety.
Here’s my simple definition of peer-to-peer healthcare:
Patients and caregivers know things — about themselves, about each other, about treatments — and they want to share what they know to help other people. Technology helps to surface and organize that knowledge to make it useful for as many people as possible.
An idea whose time has come? Let’s think that through, beginning with an excerpt of Kevin Kelly’s post, The Natural History of a New Idea: Continue reading