The Med Page Today’s review of Dave deBronkart’s cancer memoir is in a section called “Celebrity Diagnosis.” But don’t think all the attention is getting to e-patient Dave.
DeBronkart is an activist for patient involvement in care. He joined the connected health movement after he found all kinds of errors in his Google Health records during his treatment.
At an August health quality seminar at Harvard, deBronkart — also a speaker at the meeting — waited patiently but eagerly to meet writer and doctor Atul Gawande. New Hampshire-based deBronkart wanted Gawande sign a copy of a magazine article in Health Leaders magazine that featured separate pictures of the two men on the same page.
Gawande signed, adding to deBronkart’s steady stream of Tweets. (Do we capitalize t?Tweet?)
- Beaming: got Atul to sign the @HealthLeaders “20 who make HC better” page we’re both on! http://tweetphoto.com/39595710 11:28 AM Aug 17th
- Best part: he said “Dave deBronkart? … Oh, e-Patient Dave – that I know.” Ha! 11:30 AM Aug 17th
This from the MedPage review of the book:
Also, more on NPR’s Maine Primary care story. We hope Julie Rovner got to relax a bit while she was up there away from the soup that is D.C. in August. She did a great job explaining the complexity of health reform during last year’s debate. Speaking from experience, that’s no easy task.
One of the places working to transform its physician practices into medical homes is Martin’s Point. It’s a large nonprofit primary care group practice with several locations around Maine, including its home base at the actual Martin’s Point at the mouth of the harbor in Portland.
“What’s become clear to all of us is that the expectations for primary care and the expectations and needs for people in the care system have changed enormously,” says Martin’s Point president and CEO, David Howes. “The expectations of people in primary care are that they will do a great job caring for people with chronic disease, and they’ll identify and know everybody for whom they’re responsible.”