Did you know that the Internet provides opportunities to:
- List your drugs and determine drug-to-drug interactions (http://www.mediguard.org and http://www.nps.org)
- Read the latest published medical articles on a particular condition or drug protocol (http://www.intelihealth.com , http://www.thelancet.com/ , http://www.biomedcentral.com/ and (http://www.uptodate.com )
- Consult with a doctor via the internet for a second opinion (http://eclevelandclinic.org/myConsultHome.jsp)
- Join in discussion with others suffering from a similar condition (http://www.patientslikeme.com and http://e-patients.net/)
- Understand you blood results (http://www.labtestsonline.org.au)
- Map the likely progression of a condition over time and assess its severity (http://www.curetogether.com/)
- Understand how your body works (http://www.visiblebody.com/)
- Specialised sites for particular conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (http://rawarrior.com, http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/default2.htm and www.bjcconnectedcare.com) or for cancer (http://acor.org/) and also include:
- Overall health references and data (http://www.webmd.com/)
- Participatory Medicine is a cooperative model of health care that encourages and expects active involvement by all connected parties (patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, etc.) as integral to the full continuum of care.” (http://participatorymedicine.org/) .
iPad and iPhone Tools
- Via the Apple App Store find these by typing the title in the search window.
- Living Medical Textbook -Rheumatoid Rrthritis, latest scientific research
- WebMD, a health and fitness application
- NPS MedicineWise, keeping track of drugs, times and dosage
- Monitoring your chronic pain via Chronica for the iPad (http://www.chronica.biz/)
What is increasingly evident is that demand by patients and their carers for better access, for better tools and to engage in the dialogue about their own care is strong and increasing (http://e-patients.net/archives/2011/02/health-care-out-loud.html ).