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HLTH 2019: Did Patients Get the Spotlight They Deserve?

Why, with 6,000 in attendance, weren’t people clamoring to hear from the people we serve? My assumption is that while it sounds really good for health care industry peeps to say they care about what patients think and do, there’s still a massive swath who, when it really comes down ...
by Heather Burton  |  November 7, 2019

SPM2018 Recap: Taking Action to Drive Change

A couple of weeks ago, HealthSparq sponsored and participated in the Society for Participatory Medicine’s 2nd Annual Conference: Democratizing Healthcare (#SPM2018). After all the work I’ve done with What’s the Fix? over the past few years, this conference is very close to my heart. There are amazing individuals and organizations ...
by Anna Greene  |  November 7, 2018

Consumers Speak: SDOH, Instability in Health Insurance and Humanizing Providers

Improving people’s health requires looking at more than just their medical history, how they eat and the exercise they get. Where people live, their income levels, education, race, environmental factors, access to health services and employment status are all factors in health and effectiveness of care. In fact, nearly 90 ...
by Heather Burton  |  September 20, 2018

Why HealthSparq Puts People First With What’s The Fix?

Why does HealthSparq care about and put on What’s the Fix? Because we believe listening to people is key to changing health care – and there isn’t enough of it.
by Burt Rosen  |  June 1, 2018

Social Media in Health Care: The power of connection to create change

I’ve been working for a long time (30 years? God, I’m old) and in all my years of working in marketing, I’ve never come across something as unique as the social media communities in health care.
by Burt Rosen  |  March 5, 2018

Let’s Kick the Hell Out of Health Care One More Time!

Registration now open for What’s the Fix? 2018 When we came up with the idea for What’s the Fix? in late 2016, ...
by Burt Rosen  |  February 1, 2018

What’s the Fix? Back in 2018 With New Partner Dell Medical School

Just about six months ago, we put on our first ever What’s the Fix? event to help the health care industry learn how to change by hearing from regular people. We hadn’t organized anything like it before and had no idea of what to expect.
by Burt Rosen  |  December 18, 2017

S4PM: You Might Not Be Able to Say Participatory Medicine 3 Times Fast, but It Will Save Health Care

HealthSparq recently sponsored the inaugural Society for Participatory Medicine conference (S4PM) in Boston. The speakers were incredible. We learned about the OpenNotes movement, heard from a breast cancer surgeon who became a breast cancer patient, listened to people who are reinventing primary care, and heard a number of interesting conversations among ...
by Burt Rosen  |  November 6, 2017

What to Expect at What’s the Fix? Part II: Afternoon Agenda

What’s the Fix? is a conference specifically created to bring stories to light and to use those stories to help change the mess that is health care. We aren’t trying to fix health care at the macro level (an extremely difficult task, and, as someone once said, “Who knew health ...
by Anna Greene  |  April 26, 2017