A pioneer in the push to get doctors and patients wired and working together

Dr. Danny Sands  has a new blog. Sands was working on electronic medical records and urging doctors to partner with patients before anyone had coined terms like “participatory medicine” or “patient engagement.” For many years, he was the self-described “lead clinician-informaticist” at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Danny Sands

There, according to his website, he worked on programs to “improve clinical care and bridge the gap between patient and physician, including electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical decision support systems, and a patient portal.“

He could also be called the man who launched 46,971 tweets – and counting.  Sands encouraged one of his patients to use the Internet to do some health research. That patient, Dave deBronkart, survived a nasty form of kidney cancer to become e-Patient Dave, the ubiquitous speaker, prolific blogger and relentless tweeter.  Sands is also a regular on Twitter;  is was deBronkart who pushed Sands to launch his own blog.

Sands, who still sees patients one day a week, describes himself as a “consultant at intersection of healthcare, IT, and business.” Check out his patient resources page.

From his first post:

When one starts to blog, the first thing to consider is the name. I chose “Connecting” for a number of reasons.

First, I’m a people person and I like to make personal connections.

Next, I have spent my career trying to connect a disconnected and dysfunctional healthcare system. I will have more to say about this in a future post.

Another form of connection that is important to me is the connection I have with my patients. And I firmly believe that many of the ills of our healthcare system and the poor health of our citizens can be cured through an improved connection between patient and provider.


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