I’ve been learning everything I can about what AI will do to help healthcare achieve its potential, and especially how it will help e-patients be stronger contributors. The game’s not over (this game will never be over) but so far, this is the book! The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond.[Read more…]
Regular readers know I love data, especially my own health data. This post isn’t about health data, but it makes my favorite point: knowledge is power, and it’s empowering to know what’s going on. Am I right?
Last year we got a nifty thing for home energy management, and this summer it detected a small disaster in process that would have cost us hundreds of dollars. At the peak of AC season in July, this notification popped up on my phone one morning: my electricity consumption was FOUR TIMES normal:[Read more…]
Regular readers know about “Mighty Casey” [left]: a very outspoken advocate for patient centered care who died in April. As her BMJ obituary said, she notoriously had a QR code tattooed onto her chest, linking to her complete medical history … because nobody in the health system could or would gather it all. So she did it herself. That’s an empowered patient!
Well, it got the attention of people working in FHIR health data standards. And this past weekend, at an event called a “Connectathon,” they hacked together a starter version of Casey’s dream.
Here’s the result – scan this QR code with your phone (or follow this link … same thing). It produces a human readable version of some of my own medical data.[Read more…]
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“The administrative burden placed on patients and their care partners to use and share their health records must be addressed.” – Grace Cordovano, Consumer Voices co-chair
I’m thrilled that at this week’s DevDays FHIR developer conference, the patient keynote will be delivered by Bren Shipley, head of the Consumer Voices workgroup at the Sequoia Project.
For ten years the Sequoia Project has advocated for nationwide health information exchange, so their interest in FHIR is obvious. In February they launched a new Consumer Voices workgroup (press release), which parallels the sentiment of my 2019 post “HL7 makes it official: FHIR exists to serve patient needs.“
Sequoia’s Brenda (“Bren”) Shipley will be the speaker. We’ve never met (until today) and I won’t let the cat out of the bag regarding her talk, but suffice it to say, she and her eight-member patient workgroup independently developed principles based on real world stories that prove again how much suffering can result when health data is not at the point of need.
We must fix this. Welcome to Sequoia’s Consumer Voices! FHIR’s Patient Empowerment workgroup has found an important new ally.