The Guru and the Hackers

Hacking Health Toronto 2013 (Photo: Connie Tsang)

Hacking Health Toronto 2013 (Photo: Connie Tsang)


This week on White Coat Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the rocky relationship between health care and information technology.

Dr. Goldman and medical journalist Dr. Meera Dalal take us to Hacking Health Toronto. It's a weekend-long hack-a-thon that connects health professionals with software designers, engineers, and computer visionaries. Their goal is to take an idea and turn it into a killer health-care app in just forty-eight hours.

Brian also talks with Dave deBronkart, better known as e-patient Dave. He believes that health care needs to be shaken up so that patients can have more control over their medical information. In 2007, deBronkart was diagnosed with a deadly form of kidney cancer that spread to his lungs and bones. Instead of accepting the first medical advice his doctors gave him, deBronkart used his Internet savvy to source out a more promising treatment and beat the disease. That victory convinced deBronkart that the Internet could turn patients into electronic or e-patients, powerful agents who create and manage their own health.

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