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Gaining Momentum: Patients as Healthcare Partners

Posted on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

It’s been a busy June. The air is thick with buzz about healthcare data, information andFrom the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection engagement from both the business and consumer sides of the healthcare coin. During the first month of summer 5AM and our partners and customers saw, heard, read , and -- in some cases -- ushered in signs of momentum toward patient-centered care. Here’s our short list:

  • During the Health Data Consortium’s Datapalooza, the FDA announced that it had released OpenFDA, a searchable database that allows the public to search more than 3 million adverse drug event reports. The release follows other recent efforts by the US Government (like CMS’s data navigator) to make health and healthcare data available to the public.

  • A running theme at this week’s Amazon Web Services conference has been the non-profit healthcare sector’s success leveraging the tech giant’s computing power and storage capabilities to their constituents’ benefit. Several groups are using AWS to move their customers to a more cost effective method for sequencing data sharing.

  • Eyeforpharma released its eyeforpharma Barcelona 2014 Conference Highlights report. The event’s major theme? Customer centricity. You can download the report here. According to the report, there are 5 essential steps to customer centricity:

  1. Change organizational mindset and objectives towards customers
  2. Your mission is to deliver value into the system, not products
  3. Value has a different meaning for every stakeholder
  4. The biggest barrier to change is your business model
  5. Innovation in isolation must come to an end (some of our customers have joked that “working with 5AM is how we find out about what other groups doing”).

PMC President Ed Abrahams has noted that it’s nice to see PMC’s language becoming more commonplace after years of explaining personalized medicine. We couldn’t agree more.

Image Credit: "Doctors With Patient" 1999. Item 100429, Fleets and Facilities Department Imagebank Collection (Record Series 0207-01), Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr.

Tags: personalized medicine, data, OpenFDA

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