Dave E-Patient Dave deBronkart to Speak at MEDSEEK Booth During HIMSS 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.