The Medicine 2.0 conference that began today gives me hope for medicine. The conference far exceeded my expectations. And now I even have hope for our health care system.
This three-day conference at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, brings together about 400 people, most of whom are health professionals. This includes about 20 of us who are “e-patients.”
This is a new and useful term that Tom Ferguson, M.D., coined. The term e-patients describes people “who are equipped, enabled, empowered, and engaged in their health and health care decisions.” That pretty well describes you and me!
Stanford University gave me a scholarship to come to the conference as one of the e-patients. And HealthCentral asked me to tell you about it. I networked with lots of people, including several friends who, like me, write about diabetes. One of my friends, Amy Tenderich, gave one of the first talks. In doing so she set the sort of positive tone that I use in all my articles.
“Negativity does not motivate,” Amy stated. “Positivity does.”