#CochraneForAll + #BeyondTheRoom = #PatientsIncluded on blast

Society for Participatory Medicine

I won the big platinum #PatientsIncluded ring (much better than brass) this year with an opportunity to attend the Cochrane Colloquium , the global health science and health services research meeting that happens somewhere on Planet Earth every year. For four days in September, my old life (net news producer) and my new life (epatient citizen scientist policy wonk storming the barricades in service of systemic shift) meshed into a perfect little machine.

Can AI Make Healthcare Human Again? Dr. Topol Says “Yes”

Health Populi

If you don’t know the work of Dr. Verghese, and since you’re reading the Health Populi blog, you must get to know Dr. V now. He follows up the promise of AI in chapter two, discussing the deep economic mess American health care is in. This is familiar territory here in Health Populi where we cover every nook and cranny of dismal U.S. This is obviously important as doctors grow to count on AI in medicine with a systems perspective on human health.

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A million views in 44 days! ClearHealthCosts price transparency TED Talk goes viral

Society for Participatory Medicine

Out of that, she produced a TED Talk – “What if all US health care costs were transparent?” That means word is getting around about how insane US health prices are. Good thing, too – there’s a famous 2006 health policy article called The Pricing of US Hospital Services: Chaos Behind a Veil of Secrecy. We can’t do that without health price transparency – the ability to see the prices.

The who, what, when, where, and why of Cochrane

Society for Participatory Medicine

Anyway, Cochrane is named for a Scottish doctor, Archibald Leman “Archie” Cochrane , who wrote “ Effectiveness and Efficiency: Random Reflections on Health Services ” (the link will let you download the whole book in PDF) in 1972. The UK Cochrane Centre arose from a vision to extend a ground-breaking programme of work by Iain Chalmers and colleagues in the area of pregnancy and childbirth to the rest of health care.

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