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An e-patient (also known as Internet patient , or Internet-savvy patient ) is a health consumer who uses the Internet to gather information about a medical condition of particular interest to them, and who use electronic communication tools (including Web 2.0 tools) in coping with medical conditions. [ 1 ] The term encompasses both those who seek online guidance for their own ailments and the friends and family members (e-Caregivers) who go online on their behalf. e-Patients report two effects of their online health research: "better health information and services, and different (but not always better) relationships with their doctors." [ 2 ]
Portrait by Roger Ramirez Richard Davies deBronkart Jr (born February 18, 1950), widely known as e-Patient Dave , is a cancer patient and blogger who, in 2009, became a noted activist for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights.