Improving community health with more people and less cost

I’ve been wrestling with the uncomfortable realization that most of the innovation efforts in healthcare really just incremental improvements. Sure, we’re making wait times in the ED shorter, and we’ve made the imaging centers look like fancy hotels. We’re also making seriously and important strides at reducing harm and improving quality. But these are all just incremental improvements. They are iterations on… Read more →

HOWTO for hospitals: host a live MedX viewing for patients and staff

I’ve written before about Stanford’s Medicine X event. It’s a rare breed – a conference to which I feel a deep emotional connection. Those of us closely connected to MedX often say its where magic happens. I don’t know any other event like it; with it’s energetic empowered ePatients, innovative partners like IDEO and an anchoring academic medicine focus. I remain… Read more →

collaboration > litigation – Tesla opens its patents

Elon Musk, the C.E.O. of Tesla, opened up all of his patents. “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,” he wrote in a blog post. Tesla’s competitors can now freely take advantage of its batteries, chargers, or sunroofs.   Musk isn’t entirely an altruist. Tesla makes electric cars, and will… Read more →

Nothing about me, without me

“I don’t think there should ever be a medical meeting ever again that doesn’t have patients,” says @marcrkatz. SAY IT LOUD! #h2t — AfternoonNapper (@AfternoonNapper) June 9, 2014   Spot on! We’re already seeing the Patients Included initiative taking off at some events: Stanford Medicine X TEDMED Doctors 2.0 Read more →