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Y'all Want To Attend MedX? Take a Gander!

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and

I’ll be attending Medicine X this year as an ePatient Scholar Delegate and I’m really looking forward to it. But many other people are unable to physically attend the conference and, once again this year, the organizers are doing something about that.  It’s virtual, y’all!

awm1z Please check out the Global Access Program at Medicine X Conference 2014, this program will allow you to virtually attend the conference wherever you can get an internet connection! There is no cost to you, simply register at the provided link and prepare to see some of the most interesting people and discussions about the latest in patient engagement, technology and healthcare.

The world of medicine is changing, I think we all know that. Patients, caregivers, researchers are able to connect in ways undreamed of even ten years ago. People who used to feel so isolated are now able to connect with others that “get it”, to support and learn from each other. Patients have the biggest stake in healthcare, but until very recently they have only been passengers. Progress is slow, but conversations like the ones that will be happening at MedX this September will be key in the upcoming revolution age of patient engagement.

There is a lot of buzz around patient engagement, and much of it is exactly that. Buzz. An epatient is engaged in their healthcare, educated about their condition, equipped with the skills needed to manage their condition, empowered to lead their health-care team and enabled to make their own decisions and have them respected.

That is really quite different from the way we grew up with medicine, so how did this suddenly become possible? A couple of things I think.  First, technology, in particular, the internet. While our doctors were the keepers of all the knowledge in days past, anyone can now educate themselves in a short time. We can now find entire communities of people living with our condition where fellow patients, experts in their condition and care, are more than willing share their experiences with anyone.

The second thing that really enabled this change were the patients and caregivers willing and able to point out the problems with our system and come together to find solutions. Not only sharing experiences, but using those experiences to learn what we can do to make things better for anyone who is struggling with a new diagnosis, old diagnosis, treatment concerns and questions, how to deal with insurance… The list goes on, but it all boils down to the fact that our healthcare is a complex system and navigating it is hard but there is nothing that says we have to navigate alone.

MedX connects both those points, the technology which is evolving faster than we can keep up with and the patients, caregivers and providers, the people, who actually make things happen. If possible, please consider attending from the comfort of your own laptop, tablet, phone… you get the idea.

As for myself, I will be participating in three panel discussions and one MedX special event on health-care innovation:

I hope that many of you will attend virtually, this is an incredible opportunity to take part in one of the most patient centric and diverse medical conventions on the planet. I think it will be worth your time.

** Disclaimer:  I was awarded a partial scholarship to attend Medicine X 2014. MedX is not compensating me for any social media posts I make and the words, ideas, and takeaways are my own.

© 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and