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How Online Forums Can Help Patient-Centered Drug Development: Why Should We Treat Patient-generated Online Content Seriously

In the August issue of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Dr. Ethan Basch, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center wrote an article titled Toward Patient-Centered Drug Development in Oncology. Dr. Basch pointed out there is a lack of patient perspective in oncology drug development—when asked about symptom information of a treatment by patients, […]

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Healthcare Communication Industry Tests New Offerings as Health Care Reform Evolves

Yesterday eHealth, the company that owns eHealthInsurance, an online healthcare insurance exchange announced it has singed a deal with the Federal Government to enroll tax-subsidy-eligible residents of 36 states in qualified health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to CNBC, in addition to eHealth, the Federal Government has also signed deals with other […]

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Reading medical journals can actually be fun: how digital and social media transforms medical journal publishing

Last night, when I was searching online for an article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), a message popped up on my screen, asking if I would like to install an app called “The JAMA Network Reader” in my Google Chrome browser. Out of curiosity, I downloaded the app and set up an […]

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Demonstrating the value of mobile health Through evidence-based initiatives

Earlier this week,  the pharma company Boehringer Ingelheim launched a study to evaluate a digital technology enabled self-management solution to potentially improve the health of patients with Type 2 diabetes. The study, called SMART, aims to personalize the disease management for patients via a program delivered through web and smartphone. According to a press release, the […]

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Does online search really put patient privacy in danger?

A research letter published online this week in JAMA Internal Med reveals that several popular websites that provide medical information for consumers have either integrated third-party tracking elements or leaked search terms to third-parties. Those websites included some high-profile names such as the New York Times, WebMD, Weight Watchers and Men’s Health. The researcher looked […]

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