Is Information Technology the Key to Empowering Patients?
Conference 2008 with
Dr James Munro Patient Opinion – website which captures the stories of patients and carers – and feeds them back to the providers of care.
Dr Tom Smith Health Policy Insight
Is choosing our doctor, or hospital what we want? Is being a patient like taking your car to the garage? Or is what we want more control over how care is delivered – how we are treated, not where we are treated? Shared decision making may be a better description. As a patient I am an active participant in the process. It’s not like leaving my car at the garage. And I may not be in a position to learn from my experience – in fact I may not be well enough to exercise choice at all.
London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre 356 Holloway Road London N7 6PA
10am – 3pm Friday 21st November
Websites which offer comparisons between doctors:
Deborah Cohen (BMJ): I want great care
The web-based personal health record – research implications for patients, consumers, health services and UK industry