Friday, April 11, 2008

Consumer Health Information Exchange

We as health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, emergency departments and others view health information and data exchange through a narrow prism from our side of the health care system.

Patients (consumers) also have begun to form their own virtual world of support groups and education amongst themselves. For years there have been patient oriented support groups and organizations.

Web 2.0 now has some very innovative offerings for patients.

Healing in Community Online offers a "second life" aspect to these interchanges of support and education.  It's construct is much like the real world, with provider offices, laboratories, hospitals, and all the usual everyday accoutrements of healthcare.

Diabetes Mine offers a wealth of patient oriented commentary for diabetics.

Patients Like Me offers links to specific disease entities, which include these "communities:

Motor Neuron Disease

Anxiety

Bipolar

Depression

AIDS

Multiple Sclerosis

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Parkinson's Disease

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)


Quote of the Day:
Light travels faster than sound so some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
--Joe Messmore

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