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Technological Collaboration and Knowledge Frameworks: Changing the Cancer Landscape
Lower Lobby - West
Technological Collaboration and Knowledge Frameworks: Changing the Cancer Landscape
The Exception and The Rule
All knowledge is some form of information, however not all information is knowledge. It is important that patients are equipped with the proper resources and tools in order to distinguish between what... Read more

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All knowledge is some form of information, however not all information is knowledge. It is important that patients are equipped with the proper resources and tools in order to distinguish between what is knowledge and what is information in making decisions regarding their health care. Knowledge is defined as information utilized and mobilized to produce a result. Information rather is defined as a collection of data that in itself has no practical purpose until it is processed and mobilized into a coherent language that can be utilized as a resource. It is at this point that information becomes knowledge. 

Today, for the first time the medical community is afforded an unprecedented resource that enables the real time and instantaneous sharing of knowledge and information without necessarily being limited to geographical boundaries. Through technology, patients are able to not only for the first time collaborate with one another, as well as with other physicians and experts. What we are increasingly seeing is a shift in the paradigm towards patients who are rather than passive participants, becoming active participants in their health care as well as, some would argue, experts in their own right.

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