This is the first of two posts about the inspiring Patients 2.0 panel I helped organized at Health 2.0 DC. This one will explain the rationale for organizing such a panel. The second will provide a link to all the presentations and to the panelist biographies.
A while back, while he entire country was wondering if “healthcare reform” was ever going to become a reality, I had a conversation with Matthew Holt about the need to have a patients-only panel at the Health 2.0 conference. Matt graciously accepted the idea.
The panel was originally organized to convey, from the patient viewpoint, a few ideas, based on the following facts:
- payment reform is not health care reform,
- nobody has more at stake in real health care reform than patients,
- patients are the most underutilized resource of the health care system and,
- meaningful reform won’t happen until the patients are at the center of the effort.
Each of the 6 patient advocates that were part of the panel showed us that meaningful reform happens one disease, one problem, ….