Hi, this is Kristin, Dave’s assistant. If you’ve talked to Dave, you’ve probably talked to me. :-)
I’m happy to announce that Dave has again been named to a top social media list as an influencer worth following. This time it’s Health Tech magazine’s list. Not every list like this is great, but this one is – all top in their specialized area.
It’s been busy around here, in a different way from past years. Dave used to spend all his time at airports and conferences, explaining why it makes sense for us patients to have access to our records. But that business got more manageable, less crazy, as the huge initial wave of medical record computers got installed across the US. He’s racked up 1.3 million air miles so far, but now more of his time is spent on consulting, writing, and teaching. Another book (Superpatients) will be out this fall, and more news to come.
(Speaking is still his favorite (and singing) – he and his doctor will be introducing a new duet at a speaking event next Monday! He spoke recently in Brazil, and he’s speaking in Holland, San Diego, Chicago and Vienna in the coming months.)
But that doesn’t mean the health IT / medical records issue is solved – Dave is one of nine authors of a new article that just came out of Yale this month, Assessment of US Hospital Compliance With Regulations for Patients’ Requests for Medical Records, and he was in last week’s NBC News post about it: Undercover study highlights patients’ struggle with medical records. In short, regardless of what regulations say, it was really hard for a “secret shopper” to get a straight answer on how to get her “grandmother’s” records, even at big-name hospitals. There’s still a lot of work to be done.
And that’s why Dave is grateful for this recognition of his continuing work in health IT. The need is real, whether or not it’s in the news.
The work goes on, but our business is changing, which is never easy so we both welcome your support! Watch out for more news about Superpatients in the coming weeks.