I can’t help but think that as time passes we’ll forget about how much medicine has changed with the introduction of the Internet. We’re witnessing a transition that hasn’t been seen in generations. We live with the end result but the memory of how we got here is fading quickly. Like any kind of cultural shift, once we’ve arrived it’s hard to remember what it was like along the way.
How did patients think before the information revolution? And how did it go down when patients began to search? How specifically did information clash with the old model of doctor and patient and how did we deal with it? There are stories here that need to be told. I think the real stories are in the small details of what went down between doctors and patients. But as early adopters, most of us spend our time looking forward, not back.
I’m trying to record what I remember about the past 10-15 years. How it went down. What did I see and how did I feel? But as a provider I only have half of the story.
It isn’t a formal project but I think it’s important. I’m having a hard time corralling the concept, packaging it. If you have ideas about this let me know.