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Do You Need a GPS for Health Care?

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You’ll also find “powerful patient” stories on patient power.info and programs to empower you, and even some on how to become more empowered such as the one with key leaders in the world of online patient empowerment found at http://www.patientpower.info/program/patient-empowerment-and-the-world-wide-web

You are not alone. So, as daunting as today’s healthcare system is, there is a GPS for how to get where you want to go. It’s in the voices and footsteps of so many who have gone before you.

About the author: Andrew Schorr is a medical journalist, cancer survivor and founder of Patient Power, a one-of-a-kind company bringing in-depth information to patients with cancer and chronic illness. Audio and video programs, plus transcripts, help patients make informed decisions to support their health in partnership with their medical team.

Patient Power is at www.PatientPower.info and on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Schorr is also the author of “The Web Savvy Patient: An Insider's Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis" found at www.websavvypatient.com/

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Great article.  When I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1997, researching on the internet was not the in thing.  Taking the word of the doctor was the way.  Today there is so much good information, forums and discussion groups and personal blogs that are very helpful in at least opening the patients eyes and giving them ideas for questions to ask the doctor about their health care.

December 5, 2011 - 7:20pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you Michelle! As you know so well, it is gratifying to be able to help others get the help and support they need. The support that you and the EmpowHER team, and the Patient Power team too, provides 24/7 to people around the world is truly making a difference. All the best to you too! Andrew

December 1, 2011 - 1:07pm
Expert HERWriter
Great article Andrew! You are right on!! Patients are no longer alone. There are so many resources on line now for people to connect with one another regarding their own health issue, access to credible resources, and lets not forget the gift of teaching one to advocate on behalf of their self. Something women have struggled with. Well, times are changing and women are using the web more and more for health information and to connect with a woman like them. I'm going to use some of your info in my upcoming talk to a group of Professional advocates while in Orlando on Monday. Best in health, MichelleDecember 1, 2011 - 12:58pm
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