In April, Harvard Business Review published my article, “How Chronic-Disease Patients Are Innovating Together Online.” Since then I’ve been collecting other stories about people gathering online to solve their own problems — an innovation pipeline powered by what I call peer-to-peer health care. Fortunately and unfortunately, there are many examples. People living with long-term effects […]
On August 12, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies hosted the fifth webinar in their series focused on COVID-19 and clinical registries. If you missed it — or want to watch it again — here’s the video: Here, also, are the panelists’ slides and a collection of tweets posted in advance of and during the […]
The biomedical research model has a blind spot. People living with a condition or disease are traditionally seen as passive sources of data, not active participants in the research. We as a society miss out on promising avenues of inquiry. It’s time to widen our lens. On August 12, I’ll moderate a discussion about how […]
When people’s questions go unanswered, they don’t stop asking them. They turn to Dr. Google and other sources. They try to solve their own mysteries, using whatever they can find. This is an opportunity that some people misread as dangerous or wrong. How might we help more people contribute to discovery of new treatments or […]
Quantified Self Public Health is back! 150+ health geeks of many stripes will gather on Thursday, May 14, in San Diego to discuss how access to personal data could benefit individuals and society. It is an invite-only meeting (sorry!) but filled with voracious documentarians like Joyce Lee (read her Storify from last year) and, well, me (read […]
Google is upgrading health search…again. In 2010, I was inspired by Animal Farm to write that Google saw some health sites as more equal than others. This time I turned to Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton.