Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for my superpower that I shared with my mother, Ruth, and son, Mike – accepting what is. I’m thankful that I was born a  white straight male to a closeted gay dad, Ruben, and a Holocaust survivor, Ruth … Continue reading

Health, Wellness, and Medical Decision Support, Wherever and with Whomever

When diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I did little research. Here I was, a card carrying member of the research industrial complex heavily involved with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). I just couldn’t bring myself to Google MS.  I relied … Continue reading

Community/Technology Partnerships @ Health 2.0

I’m a technology nerd and early adopter while also a profound technology skeptic.  My heart sings when communities of people solve problems that matter to them and theirs and then look for technology partners to automate and share their solutions. … Continue reading

An Experiment of One

I was discharged after bypass surgery with 26 pages of instructions. I was just concerned about getting home. My dad lives alone on the other coast. He takes 11 medications from 4 different providers. At least one gives him a … Continue reading

Life literacy – If you can’t explain it to a six year old…

I play baritone saxophone in community Latin and blues funk bands.  Our professional musician leader teaches us the language of music theory – this week it’s Minor Dorian and Lydian scales. As an amateur I understand about a third of … Continue reading

What Happens Next? Planning Care

People: What’s wrong with me? Should I tell the doctor? What does she want me to do?  Can I afford it? Does it (will it) hurt? Can I (will I) still take care of my family (go to work, go … Continue reading

Harmonic Convergence

Consider the fabric of best health. The Quadruple Aim (Best patient and clinician experience, best population health, reduced cost) is that fabric. The weave of that fabric is information about our personal and collective health and health journeys. The warp … Continue reading

Guests on People’s Health Journeys

As I learn more about and am sought out more as an expert in patient engagement, empowerment, and activation, I struggle to respond to the health-system centric definitions given by people thinking they are patient-centric or want to become patient … Continue reading