Patient Education And Health Records Essays
Sigal L. Ytshakov
Steven Keating, an MIT student knew there was something wrong with his health when he began to smell phantom vinegar smells for around 30 seconds every day. He decided to take action and he went in for an MRI. The scan showed an abnormality in his brain which had grown into a tumor. The tumor was so large and it had to be removed as soon as possible. As the tumor was being removed in a 10 hour surgical procedure, it was videoed as per Keating’s request. After the surgery, he requested to have his genome sequenced and he also wanted the raw data from his scans. Using all this information which he had gotten about himself, he was able to find out more about his tumor and what caused it. He even had a 3-D model of the tumor and the surgically repaired skull to show audiences as he went around and spoke of this great finding. The fact that he was able to approach his own cancer in such a curious way, inspired other scientists to get back into their labs and continue doing the research which they have been working on for many years.
Because Keating had such a close-up experience with his own health, he is now advocating for patients to have access to their own data and be able to learn from it. He believes that if patients are educated on their own medical diagnoses, they are able to better heal, because they will understand the processes which are malfunctioning in the body. When…