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Healthcare's New Branch: Patients 2.0

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

February 4, 2010

Patients are talking and the medical community is watching what is being dubbed Patient 2.0, an information-sharing movement that sees patients using the Internet to collaborate on health issues, even if it means sharing private information. TIME reports on the development, from which has emerged the Society for Participatory Medicine and other initiatives aimed at harnessing patient-driven data in an effort to improve health outcomes. "When you need help, privacy is a terrible thing," said Jamie Heywood, founder of the Web site PatientsLikeMe.com, where the ill share symptoms and treatment regimes for the greater good. (Editor's note: Read more about health information-sharing environments in the September issue of the IAPP's Inside 1to1: Privacy newsletter.)
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