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Learning Exchange Webinars

Learning Exchange Webinars

The Society for Participatory Medicine is proud to host occasional free Learning Exchange webinars. These webinars are an opportunity for members to learn from others about topics of importance and value to e-patients and those interested in participatory medicine.

We are each individually advancing the participatory medicine movement in our day-to-day lives and interfaces with healthcare and/or our work. Understanding the work we are conducting within our individual silos can help us learn from one another, allow us to build upon ideas, forge collaborations, provide a forum for feedback and suggestions, and hopefully avoid duplication of efforts. Helpful tips and best practices we’ve adopted as we navigate the healthcare system can also be beneficial to others. The SPM Learning Exchange is a forum launched in 2016 to help us learn from one another and capture the work underway within participatory medicine under one umbrella.

If you are interested in presenting your work, best practices or tips during a future learning exchange or have any questions, please contact Sarah Krug at

The Society is grateful to our webinar sponsors:




Past Webinars

Why We Revolt

Join the Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM) on January 29th at 1:00 pm ET as Dr. Victor Montori and Maggie Breslin talk about the revolution they are proposing to change healthcare. They want to shift to healthcare focused on compassion and solidarity, with unhurried conversations, and careful and kind care.

Free registration is required — signup today, as space is limited!

Dr. Victor Montori
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Author, “Why We Revolt”
Founder, The Patient Revolution

Maggie Breslin, MA,
Director, The Patient Revolution

Dr. Susan Woods
President, Society for Participatory Medicine
Chief Medical Information Officer, Mercy Officer

Jan Oldenburg
Principal in Participatory Health Consulting

Sarah Krüg
Founder, Health Collaboratory
Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101
Acting Executive Director, Society for Participatory Medicine



Digital Health Management: Hype vs. Reality

September 11, 2018

Listen to three outstanding speakers present their perspectives on how far we’ve come in delivering effective health management tools—and how far we still have to go.


Patient Perspective
Donna Cryer, JD
President  & CEO, Global Liver Institute

Digital Health Experts:
Joe Kvedar, MD
VP, Connected Health, Partners Healthcare

Lygeia Ricciardi, EdM
President, Clear Voice Consulting
Former Director, Office of Consumer e-Health, ONC, HHS

Janice McCallum, MBA
Managing Director, Health Content Advisors
Member Board of Directors, Society for Participatory Medicine

Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA

Founder and President, Tir Health Advisors LLC
Senior Advisor, HIMSS/PCHAlliance
Chair Policy Committee, Society for Participatory Medicine
Executive Council, Center for Healthcare Innovation

Sarah Krüg
Founder, Health Collaboratory
Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101
Acting Executive Director, Society for Participatory Medicine



Translating the Patient Story Into Action

August 22nd, 2018

We heard from a dynamic group that shared their stories, and put a spotlight on how to turn stories into action!


Patient Speakers:
Annie Brewster, MD
Founder and Executive Director, Health Story Collaborative

Chris Anselmo
Market Intelligence Manager, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Julie Flygare
President and CEO, Project Sleep

Howard Chang
“Psocial Ambassador,” National Psoriasis Foundation

Moderator: Sarah Krüg
Founder, Health Collaboratory
Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101
Acting Executive Director, Society for Participatory Medicine



Family Caregivers: Innovative New Resources and Things You Didn’t Know

July 20, 2018

As healthcare has saved more lives, we’ve landed in an era where an ever-increasing number of people are living longer, often with multiple chronic conditions that make them dependent on family caregivers. It’s often said that there are four kinds of people – those who ARE caregivers, those who have BEEN caregivers, those who WILL be, and those who NEED caregivers. This SPM Learning Exchange is led by two members with significant caregiving experience themselves – Geri Lynn Baumblatt and MaryAnne Sterling – and covers important new information and resources.



Social Isolation & Loneliness: A Silent Epidemic
May 29, 2018

This SPM Learning Exchange explored the topic of social isolation and loneliness, including personal experiences, the data and research, as well as potential solutions.

Patient Perspectives: Rie Lopez, MPH; Gabe Howard of PsychCentral

The Problem: Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University

A Solution: Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President, The Unlonely Project, Faculty, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School

Moderator: Sarah Krüg, Founder, Health Collaboratory; Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101; Acting Executive Director, Society for Participatory Medicine



Shared Decision Making in Imaging: How Should Patients & Physicians Discuss the Cost of Care?
April 28, 2017



How Are We Moving the Needle?
November 10, 2016