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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(2), 492-525; doi:10.3390/ijerph6020492

Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An Examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized Medicine and Quantified Self-Tracking

Research Associate, MS Futures Group, P.O. Box 61258, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Received: 9 January 2009 / Accepted: 2 February 2009 / Published: 5 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)

Abstract

A new class of patient-driven health care services is emerging to supplement and extend traditional health care delivery models and empower patient self-care. Patient-driven health care can be characterized as having an increased level of information flow, transparency, customization, collaboration and patient choice and responsibility-taking, as well as quantitative, predictive and preventive aspects. The potential exists to both improve traditional health care systems and expand the concept of health care though new services. This paper examines three categories of novel health services: health social networks, consumer personalized medicine and quantified self-tracking.
Keywords: Patient-driven health care; health social networks; personalized medicine; quantified self-tracking; health care delivery; predictive health care; preventive health care; long-tail medicine; Internet; open source Patient-driven health care; health social networks; personalized medicine; quantified self-tracking; health care delivery; predictive health care; preventive health care; long-tail medicine; Internet; open source
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Swan, M. Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An Examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized Medicine and Quantified Self-Tracking. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 492-525.

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