Emerging patient-driven health care models: an examination of health social networks, consumer personalized medicine and quantified self-tracking

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 Feb;6(2):492-525. doi: 10.3390/ijerph6020492. Epub 2009 Feb 5.


A new class of patient-driven health care services is emerging to supplement and extend traditional health care delivery models and empower patient self-care. Patient-driven health care can be characterized as having an increased level of information flow, transparency, customization, collaboration and patient choice and responsibility-taking, as well as quantitative, predictive and preventive aspects. The potential exists to both improve traditional health care systems and expand the concept of health care though new services. This paper examines three categories of novel health services: health social networks, consumer personalized medicine and quantified self-tracking.

Keywords: Internet; Patient-driven health care; health care delivery; health social networks; long-tail medicine; open source; personalized medicine; predictive health care; preventive health care; quantified self-tracking.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Patients*
  • Social Support*