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Lightning In a Bottle: The Power of Commitments

By now, you’ve probably heard about What’s the Fix – an inaugural conference dedicated to the topic of patients making fixes in health care from the ground up (If you haven’t there’s plenty of time to catch up!). In addition to flipping the script and having patients and families leading the discussion, we wanted to do something different. We wanted to try and harness the energy of those dialogues and brainstorms and use it to change the world.

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Mother knows Best: What Health Care Can Learn from “Dr. Mom”

Mother’s Day is a chance for many of us to take a moment to reflect on the impact that our moms have had in our lives. They brought us into this world and juggled many roles for us as we grew up: chef, chauffeur, coach,…

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My Mother’s Story: We’re People, not Products

Mother’s Day is a time to show appreciation for the special women in our lives who kissed away our boo-boos, dried our tears, and forced us to eat our vegetables. However, for those of us whose mothers are no longer with us, this holiday can…

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Humor is powerful in healthcare, but stories will change the industry.

A few weeks back, I put a few questions out to the Twittersphere to see what kind of responses I might get for HealthSparq and the #WhatTheHealthCare/#WTFix campaign. We wanted to see what caregivers, nurses, physicians, hospital admins (my people!) had to say. Its no…

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The FDA’s Mirror Moment: Will a New Office Reflect Patients’ Needs?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed creating a new office for Patient Affairs to serve as a central hub for the agency’s engagement with patient communities. What does that mean? In a nutshell, the agency is trying to make it easier for both…

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