Tom Ferguson, MD, gave me this robot in 2002, part of the first (and only?) fourth class of awardees of the Ferguson Report Distinguished Achievement Awards. I have kept it on or near my desk ever since. Reading Tom’s old essays, even as far back as the 1970s, is humbling. He foresaw so much of the world […]
This post originally appeared on RWJF’s Culture of Health blog: I am thrilled to begin my job as the entrepreneur in residence (EIR) at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. You might think that the EIR role is traditionally associated with venture capital firms, not foundations. But scratch the surface and you’ll find commonalities between the two industries. […]
Believe it or not, 14 years ago, the idea of using the internet for health was a novel concept. That’s when Pew Internet published its first report about the social impact of the internet on health and health care, raising eyebrows across the U.S. Our data was cited in mainstream news outlets, in JAMA, and, […]
In 2005, I took a call from someone who worked at Planned Parenthood. He wanted the conversation to be off the record, so I didn’t even write down his name, which is a shame because that conversation changed the direction of my career.
Here are the remarks I prepared for the Feb. 6, 2014, Engage & Empower Me class at Stanford Medical School. It’s a long post, so if you’d prefer to zone out, you can watch the video. In thinking about this class, I thought a good framing question for tonight is: How does change happen? How […]
Atul Gawande can shine a bright spotlight, even with just a few tweets. On Saturday he linked to an article about new social media guidelines for physicians which states: Aside from not “friending” patients [on Facebook], the guidelines also recommend the following to physicians: • Don’t use text messaging for medical interactions, even with established […]