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We live in a time of rapidly progressing change, with technology transforming industries and directly affecting lives. One way in which technology is enabling improved healthcare is through telemedicine:
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. (Wikipedia)
Historical research has shown the importance telemedicine can play in the healthcare setting. A 2001 pilot study conducted in nursing homes suggested that use of telemedicine decreased the number of visits to the Accidents and Emergency Department by 9% and decreased the admissions to the acute care hospital setting by 11%. And that’s in 2001!
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In my previous post, “Stepping Foot in Wikipedia“, I discussed my experiment to engage deeper with the WikiProject Medicine (WP:Med) community to learn the processes and cultural norms within Wikipedia and see if there is a place to build-out a framework for regionalized standard of care information. As promised, I’m here to follow-up on my journey.
Have you ever wondered how various disease conditions are managed in different regions of the world? From prevalence rate to the treatment regimens used, the standards by which each disease state is tackled and viewed upon can vary quite significantly from region to region.
Surfacing this sort of information can take some time, unless you are currently living within the respective region in question; what is the most readily used medication to treat hypertension in Scotland?
That’s where the power of the crowd can help. Who better to help surface this sort of information than the people who are on the ground level, locally, within that region? One could envision a regional standards of care knowledge map to look similar to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, but on a global scale. More…
The following blog post is by Jeri Burtchell.
Jeri is a renowned patient advocate, with first-hand experience participating in clinical trials. Her ideas, passion and willingness to share via her blog and in speaking engagements help to clarify how clinical research works, its value, and where there needs to be further focus on the needs of the patient.
The opinions expressed by Jeri are her own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Lilly COI Team.
In mid 2007 I laid on my back staring at the ceiling, trying to talk myself out of suicide. After eight years of battling multiple sclerosis I was sure there was no hope of ever seeing an improvement in my quality of life. The thought of my family’s certain sorrow over my tragic death forced me to find an alternative. I pushed myself to make one last effort at self-advocacy and hopefully change my life. I was ready to entertain drastic measures.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jeri Burtchell, but from 2007 until 2011 I was also known as Subject #0008. More…