Release Date: 11 March 2011
Patient Power, founder and cancer survivor Andrew Schorr is the ultimate health information insider. In The Web-Savvy Patient, he shares his professional insight, his personal experience and true stories of powerful patients to shed light on how the Internet, when used wisely, can help save a person?s life.
This book will show you how to use the best of the Web to find answers to your most pressing questions, strengthen your resolve and make you an active member of your health care team.
* Define your specific condition
* Find expert physicians and the best hospitals
* Connect with a community of patients
* Manage the assistance of family and friends
* Distinguish promotional from educational content
* Learn how to wade through search engine results
* Organize your findings so that doctors will listen
About the Author
Andrew Schorr of Seattle is a medical journalist who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 1996. By participating in a clinical trial he has enjoyed a deep and lasting remission which has enabled him to be a pioneer in providing authoritative medical information online for other people facing serious illness. As a passionate patient-advocate, and with support from many of America's leading medical centers, Andrew has hosted and helped produce several thousand webcasts and videos for patients who have cancer or a wide range of chronic and acute medical concerns.
Andrew has a long history in journalism. He has journalism degrees from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University and worked in television at WBTV in Charlotte and as a national producer of the groundbreaking reality television program "PM/Evening Magazine." In 1984 he began to devote himself to producing medical programs and, in partnership with his wife, Esther, won several national awards for their efforts. In 1992 Andrew developed "Healthtalk," interactive "talk shows" for patients. These were first available as live events via toll free telephone lines and later additionally online and at in-person town meetings. Andrew invented this approach and eventually received several million dollars in venture capital to help HealthTalk grow.
In 2005 Andrew left HealthTalk to found Patient Power LLC, first as a weekly radio show for patients and soon thereafter as a growing website and producer of syndicated medical talk shows nationwide. Andrew hosts nearly every program. Many of the nation's leading medical centers have supported Patient Power either financially or by donating medical experts time for programs. Increasingly medical products companies, with no strings attached, have approached Andrew to support his efforts at patient empowerment.
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