Dave deBronkart, aka “e-Patient Dave”
Cancer Patient and Blogger
Dave deBronkart, widely known as e-Patient Dave, is a cancer patient and blogger who has become a noted activist for health care transformation through participatory medicine and personal health data rights. A successful high-tech speaker before his illness, today he is a leading spokesman for patient engagement, attending over 150 conferences and policy meetings internationally, one of which being at The Alliance Annual Seminar in 2012. He serves as the volunteer co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine.
In January 2007 he was diagnosed with a late-stage kidney cancer and given just 24 weeks to live. An online community leader since 1989, he sought online resources and found out about a rare treatment that might save his life. He sought out and responded well to this treatment and today he is well.
He has appeared in Time, U.S. News, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and the HealthLeaders cover story Patient of the Future. In 2009, HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.
The business of medicine is in enormous change. The rules are changing, reimbursement's changing, and providers are stressed. It's clearer than ever that now is the time to let patients – the most underused member of the health care team – play a more active role in the future of medicine.