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e-Patient Dave: 'I want the best people ... to thrive'

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
February 18, 2013

You are in for a treat. We were pleased to have Dave deBronkart, better known by his pseudonym, e-Patient Dave, as one of our two keynote speakers at this year’s St. Luke’s Health System Summit.

Dave has become a leader in participatory medicine since he was diagnosed with terminal renal (kidney) cancer. Dave engaged in e-health, seeking to learn more about his cancer and his options online, and an online patient support network steered him to a newer, more hopeful treatment than the one recommended to him.

Dave’s position is that no matter how good physicians are, they can’t possibly know everything, that patients should partner with their physicians on information and decisions, and that the physician is best situated to help a patient know whether specific information is helpful or not. In Dave’s case, physician partnership saved his life.

Enjoy this video of e-Patient Dave’s presentation. He got high marks from those who attended our Summit. Thanks, Dave!

About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.