Susannah Fox and open patient data

Susannah Fox was appointed the chief technical officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services in May. Many patient advocates believe she could – as she puts it – “enable patients to access their electronic health data easily and contribute it for research” and continue a movement toward giving patients a greater voice … Continue reading Susannah Fox and open patient data

Lessons from #CancerFilm on “second screen”

For three nights this Spring, an unusual set of fireworks exploded across the social media landscape with implications for public discussions of health, particularly for health care professionals whose work includes crafting messages for patients. An estimated 746 doctors joined in a twitter chat with the hashtag #cancerfilm in an extended conversation with more than … Continue reading Lessons from #CancerFilm on “second screen”

Decoding movie about decoding DNA

The movie about BRCA1, a mutation in a gene, is about the emotion of dread. Annie Parker, the main character,  sees a recurring symbolic doorway, over and over, that is a visual Greek chorus reminding her of her mother’s death from cancer. Parker stands in for all of us. While the monster she fears early … Continue reading Decoding movie about decoding DNA