Dave deBronkart has a radical message: patients should use health technology and the internet to grab the information often kept hidden in their medical files - cholesterol level, the latest MRI, you name it and use it to help diagnose themselves.
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's access to knowledge could turn patients into powerful agents who have to ability to manage their own health.
Dave deBronkart became ePatient Dave. As a speaker and writer, he's become a disruptive influence on health care and a guru to patients
and doctors who are on the cusp of a new open-data age in health
Dr. Brian Goldman spoke with Dave deBronkart last May at the Kingston General Hospital. They were both there to take part in the Hospital's National Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.
In this extended interview, ePatient Dave explores what's newly possible and what's coming down the road.