Tech-savvy, smartphone-toting patients may be strapping on wearables and tapping on mHealth apps all day long, but many providers still aren’t sure if they want the added burden, annoyance, or responsibility of communicating with their patients through Facebook messages or email, finds a new study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
As a primary care provider practicing in the safety net, I work with incredibly diverse patients with chronic illness. My patients have a wide range of beliefs and preferences about how to best manage their health. I believe their varied perspectives, if more widely shared, could meaningfully improve health care.
Prior to a doctor’s visit, have you ever Googled information about your concerns beforehand? Commonly known as a “medical googler”, Googling health information or looking at WebMD is often assumed to be for “hypochondriacs” or “Wannabe Doctors”. However, there is actually a movement out there promoting the healthy use of the internet for healthcare information.
Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy. Physicians, of course, focus on helping patients. Unfortunately, I often see patients’ frustrations with the health care system itself directed toward doctors.
The practice of medicine is in the midst of a technology-propelled revolution that places patients in the driver’s seat, delegates heard here at the American Society for Clinical Pathology 2014 meeting.