When Dave was unexpectedly diagnosed with serious kidney cancer, his primary care physician referred him to an online group of patients with the same kind of cancer. These experienced patients not only provided support, but also guided Dave to the specialist and the treatment that worked to put his cancer into remission. Now e-patient Dave and his doctor are spokesmen for participatory medicine, in which patients and physicians collaborate to achieve better health outcomes.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Alan Greene was practicing pediatrics in the San Francisco Bay area. He started a website, drgreene.com, as a way to answer parents’ questions. Now parents all over the world connect with Dr. Greene and each other through the site, and Dr. Greene is a leading proponent of participatory medicine.
To learn more, check out http://participatorymedicine.org/ and http://e-patients.net/
Guests: Alan Greene, MD is founder of www.drgreene.com and clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. His books include Feeding Baby Green and Raising Baby Green. He is co-chairman of the board of The Society for Participatory Medicine.
Danny Sands, MD, MPH is a director of Cisco’s IBSG Healthcare Practice and Cisco’s director of medical informatics. He is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a founder and is president of The Society of Participatory Medicine.
Richard Davies deBronkart, Jr., known as e-Patient Dave, is a cancer patient and activist for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine. He is co-chairman of the board of The Society for Participatory Medicine. His book is Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer (And What Healthcare Can Learn From It). His website is http://epatientdave.com/.
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