Media Watch

 

Conferences, Media Watch, Vol. 8, 2016

International Workshop on Infrastructures for Health Care: Patient-Centered Care and Patient Generated Data

Technology is allowing more and more patients to become health data “prosumers” (producers and consumers), potentially promoting richer, more participatory forms of patient-doctor relations. But certain challenges must be overcome before patient-generated data sharing can become a part of everyday clinical work.

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Books & Literature, Media Watch, Vol. 6, 2014

Book Review: The Girl on the 6th Floor

Written by the father of an encephalitis survivor, this book shows participatory medicine at its best.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 6, 2014

Book Review: A Cure for Asthma? What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You — And Why

This book challenges the conventional wisdom about the causes and treatments of asthma by describing the treatment protocol the author has used successfully on some of his patients – namely a course of antibiotics.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 5, 2013

Book Review: Chronic Resilience

This is the first book I’ve read that highlights the strength gained when going through a traumatic event, and teaches the reader to apply it to living with a chronic illness.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 5, 2013

Book Review: Let Patients Help!

This book gives readers a basic toolbox to become engaged consumers of health care. Conversational and readable, it’s a good starting point for those seeking to understand what impact engagement and participation may make in treatment outcomes for oneself and loved ones.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 5, 2013

Book Review: The Creative Destruction of Medicine

The new paradigm for medicine that Eric Topol draws in this book could, if fully realized, deliver better health, faster and at lower cost, than at any time in human history.

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On the Web, Vol. 5, 2013

Neurofibromatosis Social Media Trends

According to a new survey, neurofibromatosis (NF) patients use NF-related social media for information gathering more than emotional support.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 5, 2013

Book Review: Far From the Tree

This book peeled back the personal, historical, cultural layers of caregiving in a manner that has forever shaken my perspective about best health.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together

Better than any existing literature, this book highlights techniques and behaviors that clinicians must use to support the empowered patient, and suggests significant improvements to decision aids.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: e-Patients Live Longer

This easily read Guide addresses the relationship and communication among the health care team (patients and their lay and professional caregivers), safety, information gathering, privacy, cost, and health care’s future.

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Conferences, Vol. 4, 2012

Health Camp KC: The Unconference

The overarching topic at this unorthodox conference weekend was “Patient Involvement, Engagement, and Empowerment.”

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On the Web, Vol. 4, 2012

IOM Calls for Enlisting Patients to Improve Care and Lower Costs

The new IOM consensus report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, presents specific and very “participatory” recommendations for improving the efficiency and quality of the US health care system.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 4, 2012

Book Review: Depression: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

This book uses the author’s expertise as a clinical psychologist and that of other experts to pull together information about depression which many people want to know.

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Conferences, Vol. 4, 2012

Health Datapalooza 2012: Apps Are Making a Difference

Health Datapalooza III was a combination of upbeat speeches about the climate of innovation and public-private sector cooperation, and enthusiastic demonstrations by developers of new health care applications.

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Conferences, Vol. 4, 2012

HIMSS 2012 Highlights: What’s Hot

Central themes included Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use; ICD-10; mobile health; mHIMSS; business and clinical analytics; and patient-centered medical homes.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 3, 2011

Book Review: A Symphony in the Brain

This book offers a history and overview of neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback that aims to help patients control their brain activity.

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On the Web, Vol. 3, 2011

“Experience-Based Co-Design” Helps Providers Improve Care

The King’s Fund’s online toolkit for health care professionals promotes communication with patients to help design a better care experience.

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On the Web, Vol. 3, 2011

CMS Releases New Tools and Enhancements for Consumers and Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new online tool and improved others to empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care, and to help improve the quality of care in American health care institutions.

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On the Web, Vol. 3, 2011

Recommended Website: “Team Up for Health”

This is a good example of an online tool that helps primary care providers support patients in the self-management of their chronic conditions.

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Books & Literature, Vol. 3, 2011

Book Review: “Out of Her Mind”

The selections in this book can help validate people struggling with mental illness, and they show how the mental health industry still needs to become more patient centered.

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