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The US ranks near the bottom of all developed countries when it comes to healthcare quality and costs, yet in some pockets of the US we provide some of the best and most effective care in the world. This variation cannot be explained by payers or resources or socio-economic class – it is far simpler than that – what we have here is a failure to communicate.
Medical information in this country is routinely restricted and inaccessible – the data stream is either intentionally dammed or left to chance. By engineering new systems to release current information to patients, physicians, and biomedical scientists at the point of critical decision-making, we can simply and elegantly build new communities of learning. By moving from a reliance on knowledge capital (knowledge is power) to a reliance on social capital (collective intelligence) we can drive new models of information flow, learning and healthcare improvement.
The only solutions being proposed to ‘fix healthcare’ either focus on insurmountable policy change or ineffective personal empowerment – the former is too big to ever work, to latter is too small to be sustainable. The real solution is one that leverages the power of the community to re-engineer information flow, learning and healthcare improvement. This book provides a novel roadmap for patients, physicians, and biomedical scientists to turn social networks into communities of change.
The journey from beginning to end is mapped out so that the reader may choose 1 of 4 routes while exploring #socialQI:
1. Information geared specifically toward Patients and Caregivers
2. For the Medical Professionals
3. Tailored toward Biomedical Scientists
4. Finally, the most comprehensive route, quite simply takes the reader sequentially from here to there, showing you all facets of the argument from all angles.
This book strikes at the intersection of healthcare, information technology, and the social revolution – a market the size of which would be hard to quantify.
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“Most likely your health and your healthcare are among your highest priorities and when confronted with illness or injury you find yourself in the frightening position of being a ‘patient’ – and no one practices being a patient.
Critical system failures have all but ensured the ongoing deterioration of healthcare quality… but the solutions are far simpler than you may think. The simplest solutions can be found within the #socialQI model.
#socialQI is a belief that:· Patients need other patients, physicians need other physicians, scientists need other scientists.
This groundbreaking dissection of the healthcare quality crisis is centered on a few simple questions: Where are we, how did we get here and most importantly, what happens if nothing changes? The current state of sharing and learning is explored in-depth, in the patient communities, medical communities and finally, the field of biomedical research and innovation. And finally, how #socialQI is the solution to these barriers and complexities in our current healthcare system.
Are you ready to find out what it will take to drive real change in the quality of healthcare delivery?About the Author:
Brian S. McGowan has an extensive background in the healthcare, education and technology fields, holding a variety of upper-level positions throughout his career. Presently, Brian is a Consult Columnist at Medical Meetings Magazine, where he authors a column covering the emergence of social media in medicine. He has been trained as a cardiovascular scientist and has completed fellowships in cardiothoradic surgery research and translational medicine. Brian also has keynoted at several conferences on medical education. In addition, Brian utilizes his ability as an innovator and educator when serving as a consultant for companies looking to accelerate quality improvement through technology and information flow.
Brian served as the founding Chairperson for a National Committee on Emerging Technologies in Medical Education. Brian was awarded the 2010 President’s Award for Contribution to the Alliance for CME. He also received the 2010 Pfizer, Inc. External Medical Communications Team of the Year Award.
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