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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Be your own advocate
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Let me share an important lesson from last week. A wonderful woman in a Midwestern city developed a serious medical problem. She sought care in her community. The care was competent, but there was no chemistry between patient and providers. The nurturing aspect was missing.
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The patient and her family searched online for another health care organization. They found one with a very appealing website that featured powerful testimonials and a promise of professionalism. However, things didn't go well there either, and the patient returned home in a weakened condition. (The adage about something sounding too good to be true comes to mind.)
The patient sought care at other institutions and became increasingly frustrated because at no time were her medical records in one place. She relied on the medical organizations to transmit medical data to one another, and this simply doesn't happen in a coherent way.
The sad reality is that you can't rely on a system that is disorganized and fragmented. Nor can you rely on the goodwill and good intentions of others. As President Harry Truman said, "The buck stops here." When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. You must take control and be proactive.blog index