A grass roots podcast about getting the care you need for yourself and your family
When I was diagnosed as almost dead from Stage IV cancer, my doctor sent me to the internet to connect with other patients like me, while I waited for treatment. They told me, “You picked best year ever to get sick,” and they were right: medicine today saves more lives than ever. That’s why we have more old people than ever!
Yet at the same time, too often the system falls short. That gap is where you can make a difference, by learning what’s worth knowing, and knowing what’s worth doing. When it comes to your health and your care, knowledge really is power – and that’s what this podcast is for.
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The best of global health conversations –
with a “what should I do?” patient point of view
After years of traveling to hundreds of events around the world as a cancer survivor lecturing about healthcare, I’ve seen and heard thousands of views, and developed a few opinions of my own. Now it’s time to reach out and share at the grass roots level. So in addition to speeches, articles, books and fellowships, I’m reaching out to the general public – the consumer, the health citizen – with a new message targeted not to health professionals but to the people in our neighborhoods, with a new podcast: The Power of the Patient.
Healthcare is saving more lives than ever – it’s the best year ever to get sick – yet sometimes the system drops the ball. That’s where you – the patient and family – can help healthcare achieve its potential by being informed, engaged, and empowered – an e-patient. Episode 1 introduces the series and begins teaching essential things every family should know.
- Episode 1: Introduction and my cancer story, and discovering I was an e-patient
- Introduction to the series: medicine is doing great things, but too often it falls short – in ways you can help prevent. That’s what this podcast will be about.
- Episode 2: Patient Larry Fagan MD PhD on tricky diseases: understanding the diagnosis and treatment decisions
- This is an unusual choice for the first patient story, but ya gotta start somewhere. Larry Fagan trained as an MD and worked as a researcher at Stanford – as you’ll hear, he explains how doctors are trained to think … and if you can learn to do that, it can help you be a more potent patient when the going gets rough.
- Episode 3: What Everyone Should Know About Getting the Best Care, with Dr. Danny Sands.
- My famous doctor, one of the pioneers of patient partnerships and the whole e-patient movement, shares what you should know about getting the best available care. Then we role-play the wrong and right ways for doctors to welcome – and encourage – the power of the patient.
- Episode 4: “What will this cost?” Episode 4 of Power of the Patient, with Clear Health Costs
- Want better control over your health costs? Investigative journalism has finally come to healthcare, and it’s winning prizes bigtime. My guest Jeanne Pinder is a former New York Times editor whose company Clear Health Costs has just won the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism!
- Episode 5: “Why We Revolt”: podcast episode 5 – why we should call for careful and kind care
- In his book Why We Revolt Dr. Victor Montori says, “Healthcare has corrupted its mission: it has stopped caring, and I am not going along with it.” He says the system too often no longer delivers careful and kind care, and wants us all (patients and clinicians alike) to demand it.
Power of the Patient is hosted and produced by my friends at Touch-Point Media. I first met them through the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, where good things happen including useful connections! And that’s social.