Christine Bechtel, Lygeia Ricciardi, Dave deBronkart, Casey Quinlan, and Donna Cryer published an article in Health Affairs this week: “Why Aren’t More Patients Electronically Accessing Their Medical Records (Yet)?” Please click through and read it — it’s open access. Being a health geek, I read footnotes and every link in this article is worth your time. Bechtel […]
peer-to-peer health care
Friends, I have yet another so-extraordinary-it’s-ordinary story of peer-to-peer health care to share. Andrew Wilkinson wrote on Twitter: A few months ago, as a last ditch effort, I posted on Twitter about the horrible acid reflux which I’d been suffering from for almost 10 years. I had tried just about everything. Proton pump inhibitors, dietary […]
My dad was a survivor — of a heart attack in his 50s, kidney cancer in his 60s, and an initial diagnosis of melanoma in his 70s. Melanoma recurrence and complications of treatment are what finally got him. A lifelong runner, Dad kept meticulous notes about his mileage and heart rate on paper. He bought […]
Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower and now I know why: They turn to each other for help. Image: My backyard sunflower patch at its midsummer height (I gave up on growing vegetables this year and reaped a crop of beauty instead).
Some years ago a few colleagues and I got stuck at Logan Airport and we started telling stories to pass the time. One tale has come back to me over and over again, particularly as I cared for my dad during his last year of life, because it reminded me to be open to the possibility […]
“Can you really trust what you read online?” is a frequent (and valid) question about online health information, particularly peer to peer advice. People who are part of healthy peer communities sometimes scoff at the question since they see so much good coming from the opportunity to connect and share information. But how might we […]