Great presentation illustrating the trends in healthcare spending in the US – up to 2007. Includes one slide comparing with a number of other countries – including UK.
Brought to my attention by @endamadden on twitter.
Do we have similar information available for Ireland?
Interesting post on project healthdesign: The Doctor’s Role in a Health 2.0 World.
Describing the patient as the ceo for his own body ie he takes responsibility, while the doctro is described as the consultant – advising the patient, seems like a good model, which reinforces the idea that the patient needs to manage his own lifesytyle, etc.
The other interesting obeservation relates to the general ‘information overload’ being experienced by all of us in all walks of life. It is quite possible that a patient may know a great deal more about his specific condition than the doctor providing the advice. However the doctor hopefully brings a broader picture and understanding. Seems no reason why the patient and doctro should not collaborate in advaincing the situation. Of course this does tend to turn the more traditional doctor/ patient model on its head.
In his post earlier this week Jim McGee gives an insight into the use of social media/ social networking by the Mayo Clinic in the US. Not surpisingly for a distinguished and go ahead operation they make widespread use of blogs, podcasting, twitter, facebook, etc. Would be interested to understand what plans the hospitals (state and private) have to use social media here. What is the attitude of hospital management/ admin, medics, other providers of services and patients? Without doubt the current and emerging technologies provide opportunities for hospitals and medics to interact in deeper and broader ways with their patients and potenial future patients.