National Academy of Medicine

Democratizing Health: The Power of Community

By George Flores
September 16, 2016 | Commentary

The phrase “democratizing health care” is gaining popularity in discussions about how technology is enabling consumers to better manage their health-related behaviors and to participate more fully in decisions about treatment. The effect is re-shaping the power balance in doctor-patient relationships; and applications such as e-visits and telehealth are becoming transformative factors for how the health care delivery system operates.

Although technology-enhanced health care and self-reliance are important advancements toward improving personal health, additional gains in health status are possible with technology-enhanced civic action directed toward improving population health.



Suggested Citation

Flores, G. 2016. Democratizing Health: The Power of Community. NAM Perspectives. Commentary, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201609e


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