Clinical Solutions and Medical Progress through User-Driven Healthcare

Clinical Solutions and Medical Progress through User-Driven Healthcare

Rakesh Biswas (People’s College of Medical Sciences, India)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 216
ISBN13: 9781466618763|ISBN10: 1466618760|EISBN13: 9781466618770|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1876-3


As medical technology advances and the number of users across different mediums increases, how do we continually shape medical education and practice to meet the needs of these users?

Clinical Solutions and Medical Progress through User-Driven Healthcare provides comprehensive coverage and understanding of clinical problem solving in healthcare. The term "user" includes health professionals, as well as patients and anyone who uses the web with a user name. These "users" generate an information flow that "drives" the system's workflow (hence, the choice of the term "driven"). "User-driven healthcare" aims at improved healthcare through clinical problem solving utilizing concerted experiential learning in conversations between multiple users and stakeholders, primarily patients, health professionals, and other actors in a care giving collaborative network across a web interface. Serving as a valuable source for information, this title is perfect for healthcare professionals, researchers, academic instructors, and students alike.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Bridging the gap between what we know and what is knowable in clinical practice
  • Case studies in clinical problem solving
  • Degrees and forms of participation in user-driven healthcare
  • Electronic health records and online portfolio based learning in healthcare
  • Interaction between human intelligence and artificial intelligence
  • Medical cognition and decision making theory
  • Online user-driven statistical data collection and interpretations
  • Patient users dealing with stigmatization attached to certain diseases and health behavior
  • Searching for evidence and soul searching in user-driven healthcare
  • User privacy, anonymity and novel strategies to anonymize patient data

Reviews and Testimonials

For healthcare professionals, researchers, academic instructors, and students, Biswas (internal medicine, People's College of Medical Sciences, India) assembles 13 chapters that address clinical problem solving through user-driven healthcare. Medical and other researchers and patients from around the globe, often presenting dual perspectives, address topics such as user-driven psychiatry, drug side effects, alternative medicine, the health effectiveness of different models of practice, a decision support system for emergency health care, the use of collective intelligence programs to improve rural health outcomes, a web-based conversational learning system, addiction and drug dependence, and creating medical education resources through interactive conversational learning. 

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Rakesh Biswas MD is a professor of Medicine in LN Medical College and Research Center, Bhopal, India. His interests include clinical problem solving applied to patient centered health care and health education. He has in the past shared his experiences in clinical problem solving extensively through global academic journals and books and is a founding editor of International Journal of User Driven healthcare, regional editor for the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, UK as well as board member of BMJ case reports, UK.

He is currently engaged in developing a health care blended-learning ecosystem through a network of global multiple learner stakeholders that includes medical student and health professionals from diverse disciplines. It also includes patients along with their relatives in rural and urban India so that they may benefit from this global learning toward their local caring. His primary focus is on optimization of costs in a manner that can still provide highest quality of care in low resource settings.

As all these stakeholders are computer users communicating through the web with a user name the network is also known as 'User Driven Health Care' UDHC network. More here:

The network has currently piloted in rural and urban Indian locations with encouraging responses from patients, medical students and global health professionals connected through the web. The network eventually hopes to propagate 'patient centered learning in India such that medical students and health professionals take pride in their teamwork toward making a positive change in their patients' lives. It hopes to in this manner utilize patient centered learning to build a vital bridge between basic and clinical science professionals that may translate bedside patient needs to solutions from the bench.