The intersection of social media and health care is becoming very crowded. Recent statistics reveal that 85 % of patients are utilizing the internet to research their disease, physician or health care institution. Empowered or “E”-patients have started their own communities online to review relevant literature and to share their findings when they interact with the medical community.
Human beings are innately social. Health is social. 500 Million + users on Facebook can’t all be wrong.
Empowered patients are knowledgeable, intelligent, typically prepared for their medical appointments — and they expect and demand a far higher level of service from their health care providers.
Important changes are taking place that will forever change the way the physicians and patients interact. Shared Decision Making principles, the concept of Informed Choice versus Informed Consent and the desires of the Participatory Medicine movement will dramatically alter the health care landscape.
I employ shared decision making and informed choice principles to educate you not only about your disease, but to determine a treatment plan that takes into account your desires, quality of life and values.
Nearly 85 percent of patients now turn to the internet for information on their ailments and their physicians. But the information available is often too commercial, too basic or lacks transparency. The coming evolution in the health care industry is referred to as Health Care 2.0 — and this will usher in a value-driven healthcare model. Values are a powerful driver of human behavior; patients’ values have never before played such a role in the surgical decision process.
Aside from the information available about common Orthopedic conditions, you can also find on this site a number of videos of several sports medicine procedures. You’ll also find videos of several joint replacement procedures, along with regularly updated knee replacement procedure sections. To assist you in your surgical decision-making process and to help break the traditional paternalistic perspective — and include the patient as a member of the care team — I suggest you also explore the links in the Shared Decision Making section and send me your feedback and suggestions for improvement.
This site was put together and is maintained with you in mind. Please let me know if there is something that I should add, change, or clarify.
Welcome to my site. Help me to help you have a better online experience by emailing me your questions and suggestions.
Howard Luks MD