Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

New Models to Transform Chronic Care Delivery by Engaging Patients, Clinicians and Researchers

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

New Models to Transform Chronic Care Delivery by Engaging Patients, Clinicians and Researchers

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What if there were a way to create a vastly better system for chronic illness care by harnessing the inherent motivation and collective intelligence of patients, clinicians and researchers? What if this system allowed patients and physicians and researchers to share information freely, collaborate to solve important problems, and use their collective creativity and expertise to act in ways that improve health?

Wikipedia, the web-based, collaborative encyclopedia project, Linux, the open-source computer software operating system, and the open, rapid sharing of data that occurred in advance of publication in the human genome project, are three examples of how the production of knowledge, information, and know-how can be distributed over large groups of people, dramatically accelerating the discovery process. These models are transforming how people connect, exchange information, and produce knowledge, enabling previously unimaginably large groups of people to join together to make real their shared vision of the future. …

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