TEDMED 2013 Great Challenges: Role of the Patient – Your Turn

It’s time for answers that are not from me 🙂

I last posted about the TEDMED2013 Great Challenges: Role of the Patient in September (see: Role of the Patient is one of the TEDMED Great Challenges, Join us in posing questions now | Ted Eytan, MD), when I appealed to the community to ask questions.

Now is the time to make your mark, by answering 5 key questions that were developed based on the initial responses. Just go to the Great Challenges : Role of the Patient page, log in, choose a question, review team answers (or not), and add yours.

If you take a look at my reposes as part of the team, you’ll find that they’re really “response-lets,” with some gaps and mildly declarative statements. It’s what I do in social media, to create space and understanding that (a) I’m not that smart and my ideas are not that unique (b) we are always at our best when we are not bouncing a ball alone. The bouncing ball concept comes from Regina Holliday (@reginaholliday) with whom I am getting ready to present with at TEDxAlvaPark, in Detroit, Michigan, at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute (@henryfordideas).

If you weren’t sure about jumping in previously, I think this phase is easier to participate in – you don’t have to come up with new questions, just provide your experience. In looking at the responses so far, I would love to know more about who people are. Feel free to write about how you got to care about this issue, what you do now in service to it (or how it doesn’t serve you), so the team can connect with you. Sound good? Head over to TEDMED2013 Great Challenges : Role of the Patient.

Also I’d like to mention Kaiser Permanente colleague Jack Der-Sarkissian, MD (@DrJDS) also a family physician, who’s on the team for Addressing Whole-Patient Care. He’s an expert in the field of obesity and has a lot of experience in inter-specialty collaboration to improve the health of a population.


Ted Eytan, MD