Real Participatory Healthcare starts with assigning the patient in to your team !

So why don’t we ask the experts about how to change healthcare. If your answer to that question would be “We do !”, please tell me. Tell me how and tell me who in your opinion the experts are. Doctors, nurses, policymaker, assurers ? Great !

All true, but there “some” more experts, al least the ones HAVING the disease to asked up front when making plans to REshape healthcare. Mostly they’re asked when plans are in last stage, just before enrolling them, able just to finetune the plans.

Also in my opinion their family and other co-caretakers are to be asked. They have to be part of your team. They will in the end in acting, choosing and helping to fight the disease anyway, no ?

Both are THE experts in having and experiencing the disease, knowing what it means to undergo the pain, the moods, the hickups in logistic i.e. and also the challenges healthcare is giving them. Knowing what it takes to have a husband or wife who has it, and which information for instance you would like to have had at that point.

Just have a look to the video where airlines act like healthcare :

In the graph below i’ve tried to catch my vision on this matter and will be refining it lateron, but wanted to share with you upfront, and do a little crowdsourcing.

What do you think, am i on the right track in your opinion, what do i have to change ? I will changing at least the chronological order in it, since it can be any way around, and not allways in this order. Also it will have to be bi-directional, no ?

Please leave your comment below, and  thanks in advance !




Will Apple’s iPad change Healthcare ?

Today Apple introduced their newest innovation : the iPad.
It seems to me this device could bring a lot of health related information to the docs, nurses and bedside terminals for patiënts on a large scale.
Not only it is light-weighted, is fairly also on the hygiënic perspective and brings enough imaging power to take-away. Enough network-option to stay in touch with base, and a software platform to develop app’s for specific needs.
Just some idea’s  (which more can you add ?):

  1. doctor-terminal  for grand rounds
  2. EHR reviews  and mutations
  3. examine x-rays at patient bedsides
  4. nurseterminal
  5. care plan edits
  6. histology-reviews
  7. patient information centre
  8. menu-ordering for patients
  9. realtime EHR editing
  10. in house second opinion or expert consulting

Updates (including some interesting links) will be updating these, as they come by bold is last updates:

Nice Hands-on:

I’m curious if this new device will change computer-scene for healthcare the way the Iphone did for the mobile market, and where we stand in lets say a year.

Made a Twitterfeed RSS on iPad & Healthcare :




Today we’ve poured some concrete for our digital house.

It’s a first start in our ambition to also built a virtual hospital next to our “IRL hospital”. Because it should be there and because we want it to be a single one-stop-and-go place for patients to search and find. Everyone is welcome in our completely new “Digital Home”.

Just some numbers: 
• Age 13-34 years: 99% use the Internet almost 11 hours per week 
• 84% visit “Dr Google” before she visits the doctor himself 
• 63% of the 50 + ers is nearly 4 hours per week online 

How different is the way from what the CEO of IBM in 1943 has predicted that there would be space for 5 computers, worldwide! 
It is impossible to think about a society without internet nowadays. At this time still on our computers or laptops, but increasingly through our mobile phones (smart phones). By 2013 will access to the Internet through smart phones catch up to access the (desktop or laptop)computers. 

Patients and their family are searching the Internet and find information about their disease (process). Because much information from hospitals is still in leaflets and print, and the website is often just supposed to be “their” job, patients find everything maybe on sites of which the question is whether the information is correct end independent. So as healthcare we really shoud look into the mirror at first.
Patients want to interact with us, in an interactive way, and have a real “conversation” with us, characteristic of a two-sided conversation that is, sending and receiving. 

Also multimedia in the present day (a day when 65,000 videos on YouTube come on) no longer imagine. 
Our old website obviously did not meet those requirements, so we also based our digital projection to those for whom we are: the patient and his or her family. 

Our new website is not only a fundamental change, but also the foundation, filled up with vast concrete upon which we will build our digital home, a house where reliable information can be found easily in various forms. A house in which is thought from the perspective of the patient and the family. The upcoming period we will build on these foundations by. 

During our upcoming Reshape conference March 17 in Nijmegen, we will present our Digital My Clinic and MyRadboud, a place where once again the patient-centered. Both have their place in this new website. 

The next -say- 3 years to come, the role of the Internet will be a key concern for us as an ambition to make healthcare better, REshaping it, but more importantly the patients will step by step, more and more get involved in his or her own illness.Since, lets face it, THEY finally, are the real experts in HAVING this disease. Together with them we will improve. 

Our people from the ICT, communication, information, medical professionals and our departments have worked hard in recent months on this great new website. 

• 453 diseases are (re)described 
• 150 investigations and treatments (re)described 
• 774 papers and edited where necessary, rewritten in more understandable language 
• 979 patients flyers posted 
• 100 courses added 
• etc etc 

I’m very proud to have the opertunity to work with them. They’ve been very dedicated into this day by day, by night and even in weekends to get it to this level. Chapeau for all of you, and a great thank you for them on behalf of the patients.

So it’s finished, that website?, Ready? Nope, never ! We’ve only just started into this area so you will hear, see and read about us, that’s a promise. Furthermore, our colleagues will facilitate referrals to our house also to be digitally accessible, thus clearing thresholds. 

Also there’s a new business card made of our UMC St Radboud, a digital business card that is. In the website you will find our new Corporate-video, so you know what we do, who does it and for whom we are doing this, just in case you have forgotten  😉 
Of course this video can be shared through social media like YouTube, iPhones and other modern techniques. 

Maybe it’s best to quote Francis :

Start with the essentials. Then do the possible. 
And then suddenly you just do the impossible.


on you can come in and join us.

You’re most welcome !

Social Technographics: Conversationalists get onto the ladder

Social Technographics: Conversationalists get onto the ladder

by Josh Bernoff

Two and a half years ago, Charlene Li and I introduced Social Technographics, a way to analyze your market’s social technology behavior. Social Technographics was carefully constructed, not as a segmentation, but as a profile (that is, the groups overlap). That’s because the actual data told me that people participate in multiple behaviors, and not everyone at a higher level on the ladder actually does everything in the lower rungs.

Well, it worked. Despite the rapid pace of technology adoption, the rungs on the ladder have shown steady growth, with some (like Joiners) growing faster than others (like Creators). We have analyzed data for 13 countries, for business buyers, and even for voters. My colleagues and I have done profiles for over a hundred clients, profiling Walmart shoppers, non-profit donors, and doctors.

In all that time, only one thing has been bugging me: there was no place for Twitter.

We fixed that today.

Social Techno Ladder Mark 2

National Journal Magazine – If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care

What if airlines realy would work like healthcare ? Sure there are nifty examples of Airline fails, but in general : they’re doing fine.

E-patient Dave pointed us to this great post and video. 

“Hello! Thank you for calling Air Health Care, the airline that works like the health care system. My name is Cynthia. How can I give you travel care today?”

“Hi. My name is Jonathan Rauch. I need to fly from Washington, D.C., to Eugene, Oregon, on October 23.”

“Yes, I’d be happy to assist you with that. It does look like we can get you on a flight on January 23 at 1 p.m. or February 8 at 3 p.m. Which would you prefer?”

“Neither. I need to be in Eugene on October 23. As in, the 23rd of October.”

“I’m sorry, we have nothing open on that date. You might try another carrier.”



Top 20 eHealth News Articles – a Look Back at 2009

Top 20 eHealth News Articles – a Look Back at 2009

eHealthNews.EU Portal, the first European eHealth news portal, is presenting the Top 20 news articles of the year 2009, according to the most commonly viewed pages:

1. Top Articles – 2009
Top Articles by months (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December).
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2. eHealth 2009 Conference Declaration
The Prague Declaration has been prepared in cooperation with the EU Member States and commented within the i2010 Subgroup on eHealth. As the conference is not intended for the EU Member States only, the Czech Presidency has offered to the other countries participating in the conference the possibility to adopt this Declaration.
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3. European eHealth Services Standard for Cross-Border Healthcare Provision Agreed
Two European projects developing IT-based services for cross-border healthcare provision, TEN4Health and NetC@rds, have agreed on a common European web service specification supporting standardised messaging to link hospitals and other health care providers with health insurance organisations and with national healthcare IT infrastructure.
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