The annual MedX conference at Stanford University is unlike any other healthcare conference. Firstly, because it is simply fabulous — organizer Larry Chu pulls out all the stops on creating a nightclub-like atmosphere complete with stage and light decor to rival the MTV awards; fresh flowers; an on-site Technology Hub with 3D scanning demos; a wellness room with aromatherapy and a refrigerated medication holding area; and more.
Yet at the same time, Larry has ensured that the voices of patients are strongly infused throughout this three-day event, illustrating the true realities of life as a patient through a series of “Ignite” talks.
An absolute showstopper this year came from our very own Erin Gilmer, of the Diabetes Community (@GilmerHealthLaw), who wasn’t well enough to travel but submitted this pre-recorded Ignite talk titled “The Underserved Patient.”
(Editor’s Note: Brace yourself before watching)
“The underserved are not separate or different from us. The underserved could be any of the people in this room. I’m appalled at times to see how separated people are from those they are ostensibly helping. We need it to be not ‘Us versus Them.’ Some of us have been or will become them. I AM THEM,” Erin says…
A somewhat lighter take came from Sarah Kucharski of the blog Afternoon Napper:
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Sarah, too, blew me away with her eloquent approach to the ePatient’s call for empathy: