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Why networks of "micro-experts" are a valuable resource for the medical community

A strong advocate for peer-to-peer collaboration in health care, Roni Zeiger, MD, believes that networks of highly-motivated, well-informed patients and caregivers empowered by emerging technologies are poised to accelerate scientific discoveries and break down existing silos within the medical community. He calls these patients "micro-experts."

Earlier this year, Zeiger and Gilles Frydman launched Smart Patients, an online community for cancer patients and caregivers. Through the website patients and caregivers can search for information on the latest scientific findings relating to certain diagnoses and clinical trials and share best practices based on their personal experiences.

In the above TEDMED video, Zeiger discusses the catalyst for creating Smart Patients and why networks of "micro-experts" are a valuable resource for the medical community.

This fall, Zeiger will teach a master class on product design for health at the Stanford Medicine X conference held Sept. 27-29.

Previously: Registration opens for Stanford Medicine X and Medicine X video discusses technology and participatory medicine
Via Science Roll

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