Saturday, February 19, 2011
The ultimate driver's seat patient
Who is the ultimate driver's seat patient? How about this guy: A 44 year old male who has diabetes. Because he collaborates thousands of other diabetics almost daily using a social site for diabetics, he is well aware of his what his care should look like, and he has collaborated with this doctor to develop a treatment plan that has achieved these goals for his A1C and his blood pressure. He explores point of care testing options with his doctor to minimize the hassle factor of having to run around all over creation getting his blood done. And the icing on the cake: because he also reads this blog, and is aware of concerns of how his sedentary job is probably making it harder and more expensive for him to control his diabetes, his company has provided him with a treadmill work station as part of a pilot project to study the ROI on creating a virtual indoor walking path for him to use. Now that's a patient in the driver's seat.