Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave

In this inspiring TED Talk, Dave deBronkart recounts his terminal cancer diagnosis and how he found a life-saving medical treatment through an online patient support group. He talks about the power of patient networks and how patients can be an extremely valuable resource to physicians. Dave now encourages discussion between patients, and wants them to understand and own their health data.

The idea of vast online patient networks and patients having access to raw medical data could revolutionize health care. According to Dave’s blog: “opening health care information directly to patients on an unprecedented level [will create] a new dynamic in how information is delivered, accessed and used by the patient. This is revolutionizing the relationship between patient and health care providers, which in turn will impact insurance, careers/jobs, quality of life and the distribution of finances across the entire spectrum of health care”