ePatient Dave who shared his story (video below) with my students in the “Internet in Medicine” course this semester, is about to publish his own book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer.
Now three of his friends wrote essays about this important issue:
We who’ve worked on it hope it will provoke thought about how healthcare is changing because of what e-patients can contribute, empowered as individuals and enabled by the internet. To start that process, we’re publishing the introduction.
Three friends and mentors generously offered introductory essays. These essays they have little to do with my story, and everything to do with how e-patients can help heal healthcare:
- Part 1, by Dr. Danny Sands: Putting Information—and Knowledge—in Patients’ Hands
- Part 2, by Paul Levy: Yes, Patients Can Help Their Doctors
- Part 3, by Matthew Holt: Changing Relationships and Changing Technology