Global Conference 2011
Consumers Taking Control of Their Health
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 / 9:30 am - 10:45 am
The doctor-patient relationship is changing. Today many patients are acting as their own best advocates - and now they have new tools at their disposal. Doctors may have to rush through appointments, but patients can maximize the efficiency of their interactions by arriving well-informed. Vast libraries of online information help patients bring themselves up to speed quickly and ask more targeted questions. Interactive support groups offer information and encouragement, while electronic medical records make histories more portable when patients seek out second opinions. Creative new apps help users stay focused on healthy living and maintenance of chronic conditions, while drop-in clinics in retail settings make simple preventive care more accessible. Is patient empowerment the wave of the future?