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Dave deBronkart      

"e-Patient Dave"

Dave deBronkart, better known on the Internet as "e-Patient Dave," may be the leading spokesperson for the e-patient movement – e-patients are Empowered, Engaged, Equipped, and Enabled. A high-tech executive and online community leader for many years, he was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage IV kidney cancer, with a median survival of just 24 weeks. He used the Internet in every way possible to partner with his care team and beat this unbeatable disease. Today he is well.

In 2008 he discovered the e-patient movement, and began studying, blogging, and speaking at conferences. In 2009, he was elected founding co-chair of the new Society for Participatory Medicine. He was a leading voice in Washington for the new federal regulations to require that patients and families have access to their electronic medical records, and is now engaged full-time in speaking and advocating for patient engagement.

He's appeared in Time, US News, and the Health Leaders magazine cover story "Patient of the Future." In December Health Leaders named him – and his doctor – to their annual list of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better," and in 2010 he released his first book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer (and What Healthcare Can Learn from It).

Speech Topics

Patient Engagement / Patient Empowerment

Laugh, Sing & Eat Like a Pig

A program based on Dave's book of the same name revealing how an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer (and what healthcare can learn from it). Motivational and Inspirational.

Healthcare Transformation

Meaningful Use (health IT) and personal health records


When Bad Heads Go Viral: How A Malformed Headline Is Skewing ...

Dave deBronkart, Contributor 5 months ago. Again, Bethany, what about the point that the headline says it's costly to shared decisions with patients, when THE ...

Patient engagement: Taking an active role in your health care ...

Dave DeBronkart is traveling the country and sharing an important message: “ The most ... Known professionally as “e-Patient Dave,” Dave is a renowned TEDx  ...

First-of-its-kind Health Care Forum Brings Together Providers, Patients

"The most under-utilized resource in health care is the patient," said Dave deBronkart, a national patient-engagement advocate known as "e-Patient Dave" who ...

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