For reasons I’ll never understand, “unboxing videos” are a big thing these days: some geek will turn on a camcorder while they unpack some cool new gadget they just received. Examples: Unboxing the iPhone 4 (simplistic, unedited, 1:29), Xbox 360 Unboxing and Review (slick, fancy, edited, 5:58).
Well, my friend Mark Graban, author of the excellent healthcare improvement book Lean Hospitals, just received his copy of my new book Laugh, Sing and Eat Like a Pig (Amazon), and he was so excited he decided to do an unboxing video of it.
For more information see the book’s web pages. Thanks, Mark!
Speaker fees are how I fund my work, allowing me to do the research and learning that inform my talks, and allowing my participation on behalf of patients in policy meetings in Washington.
I want to be hired for more speaking engagements, so I’d like to share some feedback I just got.
Today I delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual ICSI/IHI Colloquium. ICSI is the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, and IHI is the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Both are magnificent organizations of smart caring people devoted to, well, Improvement. :–)
“Your content was great, your slides most impressive, and your delivery spectacular. I have no doubt – there are many in the room who are in a different place now because of you.”
That’s my purpose in every talk: to leave people in a different condition than when they walked in. My goal is to awaken new possibilities, speaking on behalf of patients everywhere – I’d even dare to say, I aim to leave people with a different view of life.
Kent Bottles MD, President of ICSI, followed up the next day with these kind words:
“e-Patient Dave gave the best keynote I have heard in years at the ICSI conference in the Twin Cities. If you want to learn and cry, book him.”
On May 12 on the ICSI blog Kent’s colleague Gary Oftedahl MD added:
“…shaking those of us in health care up to the need to pay attention, and ‘use’ the expertise and experiences of our patients. I’ve heard no one in over 30 years in medicine who has so passionately and personally captured the essence of this powerful message”
If your organization would like to hire me:
Last Tuesday I testified at a policy meeting in Washington. One point that came up was the frequent wrong impressions patients encounter among medical staff regarding medical records. The truth is, you’re entitled to a copy of your medical records. Don’t let anyone tell you “That’s not our policy”!
We also discussed how useful it would be if we had some quick, informative, entertaining training tools to convey points like that.
Well, why wait for an act of Congress? I made one up. Click to view, print, or download the full page PDF (413k).
Please rearrange your life and join me, Thursday night at Scullers Jazz Club!
The news: I’m announcing my first book. It’ll be out in June. See cover art at left.
It’s my story then and now: excerpts from my online CaringBridge journal, interwoven with what I’ve since learned about e-patients and participatory medicine.
The title reflects the mind-powered approach I took to my “prognosis is grim” disease. (More on this below.)
The invitation is for all of New England to come celebrate and honor a singer who was a huge, powerful force during the course of the disease: my sister Suede. (Yes, that’s her name.)
With four CDs and a live DVD to her credit (listen to her tracks here), Suede is an independent artist with a phenomenal stage presence. Be prepared to be owned by the diva for the entire evening. You’ll see.
Thanks to Dr. Gunther Eysenbach for providing, free of charge, full unedited video of my 40 minute opening keynote at his September 2009 Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto.
The speech was titled “Gimme My Damn Data.” Video of this talk and others is on my Speaking page.