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 panelists. We even had a Grammy-worthy rendition of “I Got You Babe” from ePatient Dave and Dr. Danny Sands – two of the conference founders.

We need more conferences like this.

The heart, the caring and the stories that went into the conference made it really special. It wasn’t your average “talking head” health care industry insider on stage. Instead, the speakers were people who do whatever they can to make health care better every single day. Whether its advocating for and partnering/collaborating with patients, leading the OpenNotes revolution or helping people focus on what’s really important, the event was a big success.

One of the ways you can tell if an event is successful or not is based on the relationships formed before, during and after. There was a constant buzz. And not just the “hi, how are you” buzz but the buzz of getting stuff done. If only more conferences were like this!

S4PM was started by some truly inspiring people. The desire to bring the patient and the doctor together as partners is infused in everything the organization does, and the contributions of S4PM’s founders to the ePatient movement have been critical.

On a personal note, I joined the board a few months ago because I really believe in what S4PM is doing. I have known Dave and Danny for a while now and I am beyond impressed by both of them and their desire to make health care better for people. I’m thrilled to be able to work with this organization and for HealthSparq to partner with them in support of their activities. Check out the site, www.participatorymedicine.org, to see the videos of the session and to learn more about the movement.