"They get it about e-Patients, and they’re working actively to make patient engagement a practical reality. Nobody does it better."
-- e-Patient Dave deBronkart
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) February 20, 2012
MEDSEEK, the provider of the healthcare industry’s only enterprise strategic patient engagement and management solutions, today announced that keynote speaker, activist and leading advocate of patient engagement, “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart, will appear at the MEDSEEK exhibit, #1345, during HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas. E-Patient Dave will speak twice, at 3:30pm PST on both Tuesday February 21 and Wednesday February 22, and MEDSEEK will be giving away 50 signed copies of deBronkart’s book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer (And What Healthcare Can Learn from It).
During his appearances, deBronkart will address patient engagement from the patient’s perspective, and talk about the importance and value to both patients and physicians of patient engagement, opening up health data to patients, and empowering and equipping patients, “the most underused resource in all of healthcare,” to actively collaborate in their own care.
“When I was dying of kidney cancer, I’d never heard the term ‘e-patient’ but I was one," says Dave. "I used the internet every way I could, with my care team's full support. Today I’m fully recovered, and as volunteer chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, I welcome the chance to speak at HIMSS with MEDSEEK, a long-time sponsoring member of our Society. They get it about e-Patients, and they’re working actively to make patient engagement a practical reality. Nobody does it better."
“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart was diagnosed in January 2007 with Stage IV, Grade 4 renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at a very late stage. His median survival time at diagnosis was just 24 weeks. He received great treatment at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, during which time he used the Internet to partner with his care team. By September 2007 it was clear he’d beaten the disease.
“It is an honor for MEDSEEK to host Dave deBronkart at HIMSS,” said Rich Grehalva, MEDSEEK SVP of Strategic Services. “e-Patient Dave is an inspirational speaker and a fervent champion of patient engagement. His personal experience as an e-Patient facing terminal illness and his perspectives on patient engagement are invaluable to hospitals, physicians and patients alike.”
On Wednesday February 22, MEDSEEK will host a meeting of the Society for Participatory Medicine, a charity devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine by and among patients, caregivers and their medical teams. The charity promotes clinical transparency among patients and their physicians through the exchange of information, via conferences, as well through the distribution of correspondence and other written materials.
To learn more about how MEDSEEK is helping hospitals engage, empower and equip e-Patients like Dave, visit us at HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas, exhibit # 1345 or visit http://www.medseek.com/HIMSS.
ABOUT e-Patient Dave
Dave deBronkart, widely known as e-Patient Dave, is a cancer patient and blogger who has become a noted activist for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights. A successful speaker in high tech before his illness, he is today the leading spokesman for patient engagement, attending over 150 conferences and policy meetings internationally in the past two years. He serves as volunteer co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine.
An online community leader since 1989, he sought online resources in addition to receiving treatment at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess. He responded well to high-dosage interleukin-2, and today he is well.
In 2009 his blogging about health IT put him on the front page of the Boston Globe and thrust him into DC policy discussions about patient access to medical records under Meaningful Use. He’s appeared in Time, U.S. News, and the HealthLeaders cover story “Patient of the Future.” In 2009 HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” In 2011 his TEDx talk http://on.TED.com/Dave went viral globally, rising into the top half of the most-viewed TED talks of all time; volunteers have added subtitles in 25 languages. Its tagline is his appeal: “Let Patients Help.”
Since 1996, MEDSEEK has focused exclusively on creating a 360-degree optimal eHealth experience for patients, clinicians and administrative staff by removing traditional integration and communication barriers, workflow roadblocks and redundant processes. Used by more than 1000 hospitals and health systems, MEDSEEK’s strategic patient and engagement and management solution and predictive analytics technology enable hospitals to execute enterprise-wide objectives by improving quality of care, uncovering new sources of revenue, informing capital expenditure decisions and generating meaningful loyalty among physicians and patients with a low-risk, high-return investment that leverages existing IT investments and infrastructure. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 1.888.MEDSEEK.
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