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Healthc (Amst). 2013 Dec;1(3-4):79-81. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2013.07.011. Epub 2013 Aug 28.

The new tools: What 21st century education can teach us.

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Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address:
CareOregon, Portland, OR, USA.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, MA, USA.
Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.


This article explores the shifting education paradigm that leverages videos and massive online open courses (MOOCs) and the implication of these developments for the patient-doctor encounter. This essay argues that medicine can learn from the rapid evolution of online video learning techniques to empower both patients and clinicians. Video technology is a powerful tool for the patient and physician and has the potential to significantly improve the delivery of care in an increasingly complex health care system.


Advance care planning; Decision aids; Decision making; Massive open online courses; Patient education; Video education

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