Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mayo Social Media Residency discounts for Patients/Caregivers

Lee Aase (SMUG) presents! 

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by Farris Timimi
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The mission of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media is to lead the social media revolution in health care, contributing to health and well being for people everywhere.
Providing training for those interested in applying social media tools to promote health, fight disease and improve health care is essential to that mission. Our major training program is Social Media Residency, a 1.5-day in-depth course that offers practical, hands-on learning opportunities in a strategic context. The regular registration fee for Social Media Residency is $795, although members of the Social Media Health Network receive a 25 percent discount.
The course is primarily intended for those who want to use social media professionally and who need not only training in the tools but also assistance in clarifying a strategic plan and guidance in making the arguments for social media adoption within their organizations.
We want to give voice to patients and caregivers and help them in their use of social media, too, but we understand that most would have difficulty affording even the Network member rate for Social Media Residency.
To make this training more accessible and affordable, we have established a special discounted rate for patients and caregivers. Those who don’t work for health-related organizations (or for agencies with health care clients) are eligible to register for Social Media Residency for $195, saving $600 off the regular rate.
The discounted rate applies for Social Media Residency courses beginning with Sept. 10-11 in Dallas, and including Oct. 21-22 in Rochester, Minn. and Nov. 4-5 in Jacksonville, Fla.
To get this special rate, use the discount code PATIENT when registering for Dallas or Jacksonville.
We will be giving instructions for the Rochester session in a separate post, as we will have patient/caregiver discounts for all three events in Social Media Week.
We hope this special $195 rate for Social Media Residency will enable many more patients and caregivers to participate.
Farris Timimi, M.D., is the Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and the Social Media Health Network.

Follow-up:  my homework assignment was to post a blog and include a link
Patients historically were not present or were the minority in the room at medical conferences, but this is changing.  Many medical professionals are embracing this transition to "Patients Included"  for the benefits it brings to patient safety and improvement in the trust model between patients and providers.  This should be a natural for medical caregivers:  patients are the "customer" or "consumer" of services.  There is no middleman.  The discussions can be difficult and honest and will also expose the respect for care-taking professionals and commonality of experience.  Take ePatient Dave's recent post about "Ratty Boxers" asking for his/patient representative/patient advocate costs to be covered when serving as a Patient Advocate at medical conferences. His presence at conferences adds value and deserves to be valued by the medical system if it wishes to credibly maintain the moniker:  patient-centered.  Invite patients into the conversation and make sure they are not made to run around in Ratty Boxers!   Just ask!  It is part of the care-giving model.  Check out my blog for more discussion and you will see that patient engagement is not just about the bad food in the hospital . . .

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