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Who’s Trisha?

Trisha Torrey is Every Patient’s Advocate, a mission she began after a heinous misdiagnosis of cancer in the summer of 2004. Told she had a rare and aggressive lymphoma and had only months to live without chemo, she instead used her wits and chutzpah to prove the two confirming reviews of her biopsy were — wrong.

What she learned is that American healthcare is not about health or care. It’s about sickness and money. Almost 100,000 people die each year because of medical errors and misdiagnosis. Millions more suffer at the hands of the system through mistakes of diagnosis or treatment.  Trisha had become a statistic.

Of course, had she actually suffered through chemo and survived it, she would have been declared cured of an incurable disease. The very doctors who were wrong would have been declared heroes.

Today she reaches out to us in a variety of ways to teach us to be “e-Patients”, to help patient and health advocates work together, and to improve communications among all parties involved in the healthcare system journey.  She has written several books, provides presentations and keynotes as a professional speaker, and is the founder and directory of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates and its member directory, AdvoConnection.com, a directory for patient and provider use.

She has been interviewed and quoted by CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Fox News, Angie’s List Magazine, O Magazine, Bottom Line Secrets and many more.  CNN’s Empowered Patient named her a Hero of Patient Empowerment in 2008.

Read her full-blown misdiagnosis story here.

Trisha’s first book, You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes was published in early 2010 to help patients navigate the dysfunctional healthcare system, to teach them to stick up for themselves to get what they need.

Her second book, The Health Advocate’s Basic Marketing Handbook was published in December 2010 and her third, The Health Advocate’s Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook was published in 2012, both aimed at helping patient advocates and navigators establish private, independent advocacy practices.

Reach Trisha at:  blog (at) epadvocate.com

Websites and Blogs:
Every Patient’s Advocate website www.EveryPatientsAdvocate.com
Information and links for patients, advocates and providers, plus speaking, consulting and news links
Every Patient’s Advocate blog www.EveryPatientsAdvocate.com
Commentary on healthcare, leaning toward the political
DiagKNOWsis Media
www.diagKNOWsis.com
Tools to help patients, advocates and providers find better outcomes.
AdvoConnection www.AdvoConnection.com
Patients can find advocates to help them navigate the medical care maze
The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
www.APHAdvocates.org
Helping private, independent patient and health advocates start, grow and thrive in practice.
The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates’ Blog
www.APHAblog.com
Commentary and useful business advice for private, independent patient and health advocates and navigators
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Books:
You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Health Care You Deserve)
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The Health Advocate’s Marketing Handbook
The Health Advocate’s Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook
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Speaker Information:
Patient Empowerment topics Trisha is available to speak on topics of interest to patients, providers and the industry.
Healthcare Speaker
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Social Networking:
Linked In Linked In Profile Page
Twitter Follow Me on Twitter
FaceBook
Friend Me at Facebook

9 Responses to “Who’s Trisha?”


  1. 1PATRICIA GILLEY

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!! For all that you do, for all the information that you put out, and for speaking out against what I believe to be a morally and ethically bankrupt medical community. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all the good that you do. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

  2. 2Dianne Parker

    Thank you, thank you!!! For all that you do, for all the information that you put out. I truly believe all of our medical community to be both morally and ethically bankrupt to the core. Been there done that and after watching my husband of 44 years – whom I had known all of my life, die from ARROGANCE & IDIOCY – I’ve had enough – I refuse to put my life in danger for the growth in revenue in their pockets or the pockets of the so called “caring” hospitals – who cover up – shut up and lawyer up every time there is a “never event or HAI” I don’t believe in the medical community in America. I’ve seen the statistics and I watched one of their mistakes die a little every day for 5 years – 5 months and 5 days – what I’d give to be able to relieve Thursday, January 31st, 2002 again -I can assure you – I’d sell everything I owned and go to France or Austrailia or anywhere except the United States to find a competent surgeon to perform his procedure. I honestly feel Willie would be alive today if I had only known the history of the “professional” and the “facility” in question.

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  4. […] H Trisha Torrey  ,  στην οποία αναφέρομαι στην ανάρτηση Ποιά είναι η epatientGR   δημιούργησε τον όρο ΕmPatients (από το empowered patients). Οι όροι e-patient και EmPatients είναι συνώνυμοι. Ο αριθμός των e-patients αυξάνεται συνεχώς και η παρουσία τους στα κοινωνικά μέσα του διαδικτύου είναι σημαντική, ιδιαίτερα στην Αμερική, Αυστραλία και Ευρώπη. Η αύξηση του αριθμού των e-patients ενισχύει τα μοντέλα συμμετοχικής ιατρικής Participatory Medicine ή  παροχής ιατρικών υπηρεσιών μέσω διαδικτύου Health 2.0 /  Medicine 2.0. […]

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