The United States spends at least two and a half times more on health care than most developed countries across the globe. At the same time, we lag behind a number of developed nations on several health metrics.  Interestingly, when surveyed most respondents said “personality” and “patient-doctor interaction” trumped concerns over “cost of care”.  We will be discussing this and more at our bi-weekly Empowered Patient Chat this Friday.

You’re Invited!

Empowered Patient Chat: How do I find a quality doctor? for Patients, Caregivers, Healthcare Providers, Mental Health Providers, Nurses, or anyone interested in improving their own health and our healthcare system on Friday, October 3, 2014 – 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST at Twitter – use hashtag #patientchat in all your tweets. How? See patient chat How To, Etiquette & Guidelines

Questions to consider:

  • Thinking about doctors or other health care providers generally, what do you think is the most important factor that makes a high- quality doctor or other health care provider?
  • What do you think is the most important factor that makes a poor-quality doctor or other health care provider?
  • How much emphasis should I put on the personality of the doctor and his/her interaction style? Why?
  • How do you find information about the quality of a doctor? How easy or difficult is it to find information that you can trust about the…quality of health care provided by different doctors or other health care providers in your area?
  • Would you trust word of mouth over outcome survey results when selecting a doctor?
  • How do you find information about the cost of care? How relevant is it to you when selecting a doctor?

Additional reading:

Topic inspired by this AP-Norc Poll:


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Darla Brown is the co-founder and CEO of and a life long technology enthusiast and nerd. is a digital health company focused on empowering people in their health. Darla's career in technology spans two decades, where she has successfully led engineering teams in Los Angeles to build highly scalable, consumer-facing platforms for companies like,, Taschen Books, E*TRADE, The Jim Henson Company, and many more. She transitioned her focus into healthcare after going through cancer treatment in 2010 and finding so few technologies created from the patient's perspective. She is a strong voice for patient-centered, value based care, as well as accessibility and transparency. She is also a registered yoga teacher and meditation teacher.
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