The first time I ever heard of a patient advocate was when I attended a talk given by Melissa Pantel-Ku. Melissa is remarkable woman. Diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at 34, she is a PhD, a professor, a mother, a wife, a breast cancer survivor, and founder of Hope & Humor. Melissa's story had … Continue reading A who? A patient what? A Patient Advocate.
The delivery of healthcare is going through a paradigm shift. Access to information has grown tremendously with widespread availability of the internet and outpouring of social media outlets. More than ever, patients have the opportunity to take better ownership of their care. The rise of high deductible health plans and the shift to consumer's pockets has lead patients to … Continue reading What if we tipped doctors?