To say the least, this has been an astounding year for me. It's not New Year's Eve yet, but I want to get started on remembering everything that's happened.
I can't begin to get a handle on the scads of people I've met this year, so I'd like to ask you to sign in, in a comment, and say hi!
You can read this retrospective if you want (this is only the posts on this blog, not e-patients.net) or just skip to the comments and say hi. I'll really appreciate it.
On New Year's Day I posted about "Physicians as coaches, patients as players" - one of my most-quoted concepts since then. Participatory medicine!
In January I first heard of Jay Parkinson, then met him. In May he was in Fast Company's "Doctor of the Future" article; in September I was in Health Leaders "Patient of the Future" article; and today at my day job, we released a podcast interview with him.
In February I spoke at the TEPR+ medical records conference and discovered that doctors mainly hate the medical records systems that are available. They're overpriced and hard to use. I met many wonderful people there.
I also wrote my first post about the business of healthcare, "A Thousand Points of Pain," after realizing that with the massive amounts of money at stake in US healthcare, the money interests were going to fight tooth and nail to protect their stake. I said:
I'm starting to think that as patients, our fastest access to better solutions is to take matters into our own hands: use the Internet to gain access to information (and to each other) and create new tools of our own.IBM picked it up and cross-posted it on their Smarter Planet blog.
Let's get moving – let's show 'em how e-patients can git 'er done! Let's gather our facts, band together, create new tools, and spread the word to each other.
It was also in February that I decided to transfer my personal health data to Google Health. And, separately, became co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine.
In March I created a video for my hospital and got to know the eminent David Kibbe, whom I'd met at TEPR+. I also pushed the button in PatientSite to move my data into Google Health, and was a little stunned by the result. I could have flamed, but I'm not the flamer type, so it took me weeks to figure out what to say. And on the night of March 31 I started writing.
In April I finished that post, and all hell sorta broke loose. On April 13 it was in the Boston Globe, a week later was the "Health 2.0 meets Ix" conference in Boston with lots of publicity and people from DC. Met a ton of people there - it was bizarre and fun having my "celebrity moment" - people in the hall saying "omg you're e-Patient Dave!" :-)
In May and June I didn't say much here; I attended three policy meetings in DC, and that was an amazing experience. Met a slew of wonderful people there, too. I also got to meet famous author/analyst Clay Christensen, and recorded my first podcast, interviewing my surgeon with questions from other patients in my ACOR community.... well, enough - let's get on with it. It's been an ASTOUNDING year. Sign in! Say hi!