Dave deBronkart, known on the internet as e-Patient Dave, author of Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook advocates for patient engagement. After undergoing treatment for stage IV kidney cancer in 2007 he became a blogger, health policy adviser, and international keynote speaker. Over the past two years he has attended over 200 conferences and policy meetings and testified in Washington for patient access to the medical record under meaningful use. A co-founder and board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, e-Patient Dave has appeared in Time, U.S. News, USA Today, Wired, MIT Technology Review, HealthLeaders ( “Patient of the Future”). He has published articles in The BMJ, Soc. for Gen. Internal Medicine Forum, and the Journal of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. In 2009 HealthLeaders put Dave and his doctor on their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” Volunteers have added subtitles in 26 languages to his TED Talk, Let Patients Help, indicating the global appeal of his message.
As an evangelist for a new view of medicine, I give speeches for a living: a full time professional speaker, I receive speaking fees (honoraria) from conference organisers. I retain full editorial control over the content of my speeches, as would be expected for an evangelist: I ask my sponsor what subjects interest them, and I present my views (and only my views) on the topics.
These speeches have been funded by over 100 sources in virtually every segment of medicine (except, unfortunately, U.S. government policy meetings, which refuse to pay for patient perspectives). Sponsors have included individual hospitals, state and regional hospital associations, patient safety organisations, the Mayo Clinic, academic lectures at Harvard, Darmouth, Wharton, and the University of Colorado, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and individual companies for private and public meetings.
Also, I sometimes advise companies and academics on the patient perspective, again speaking as an evangelist. These clients do not sponsor speeches. In the past I had stock options in some companies I advised (<1% of each) but none was ever liquidated and all have been discontinued.