How do you know when an idea is taking root? It’s a question I constantly ask, in both my inside and outside voices, as I travel around banging the drum for listening to patients as a worthy voice in healthcare. Well, this month I got a piece of news that blew my mind so much that it’s taken me two weeks to decide what to say:
This blog is now being archived by the National Library of Medicine. In their History of Medicine Division.
Their post about it is here. Quote:
The National Library of Medicine has a mandate to collect, preserve and make accessible the scholarly biomedical literature as well as resources that illustrate a diversity of philosophical and cultural perspectives not found in the technical literature. New forms of publication on the web, such as blogs authored by doctors and patients, illuminate health care thought and practice in the 21st century. (Emphasis added.)
… NLM has collected the following examples:
And guess who’s listed first:
…a cancer patient and blogger who has become a noted activist for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights. Mr. deBronkart writes in this post as a newly diagnosed skin cancer patient who is taking action to make his treatment most cost-effective. …