Health 2.0 in the Classroom and in the Clinic

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Easy access to high-quality medical information is changing relationships in the classroom and in the clinic. The medical education paradigm has been described as a triangle of learner, knowledge and teacher (Skeff, et al., 2006). The patient has been the relatively passive recipient of “patient education.” But now the patient has access to a wealth of information. Medline Plus along with Google’s other “Co-Op partners” has made health condition searches “dependable and efficient” (Stoltz, Washington Post, 2006). Armed with timely and largely accurate information, the patient has become, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, a “catalyst for change.” User-generated content is gaining momentum and the patient is becoming an effective advocate for higher standards and—most importantly— transparency. “Health 2.0” has it’s own conference and agenda. This presentation will identify the major changes that are underway in the broad area of patient-generated content, will give specific examples, and will discuss their current impact in the clinic as well as implications for the medical school curriculum.

Keywords: Health 2.0, User-generated Content, Patient-generated Content, Health Condition Searches, Medline Plus, Catalyst for Change
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Soma Sahai-Srivastava

Assistant Professor Clinical Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr Sahai is a general neurologist and a board certified internist and therefore has a broad perspective on neurological illnesses and their impact on other body systems. She is very interested in the impact of trends on clinic management, and is the director of the neurology ambulatory care clinics at the Los Angeles County hospital, one of the busiest in the nation. Her clinical practice focuses on Headache and neuropathic pain management. Her clinical research projects relate to headache and Migraine. She also has an interest in neuromuscular disorders.

Sarah Ingersoll

Clinical Instructor, Neurology, Univesity of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sarah Ingersoll is a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, as well as a consultant. She has a long-standing interest in clinical informatics and is currently on the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association. Her corporate experience includes 13 years with Lockheed Martin, where she managed the development of multiple clinical practice guidelines for the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense. She was also a consultant with BearingPoint, Inc., where she worked on IT applications in the clinical setting. Her personal interests include mid-distance running and triathlons.

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