What inspired Kathleen in this endeavor? She explains, “I feel like there are a lot of people living their life in a full and useful way but nobody knows about it”. These are the people “I want to support and feature.” Dr. Hoffman seeks out these individuals to give them more visibility. “[Helping] others shine is rewarding,” she continues. Having featured health luminaries such as Andre Blackman, a leading voice for health and innovation and Katherine Leon, a passionate patient advocate for SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) early in the history of the chat and relatively early in the career trajectories of these advocates illustrates just how keen Hoffman’s eye is for talent. The chat has also feature entrepreneurs like Victor Wang, inventor of GeriJoy, a therapeutic tool in the form of a virtual dog that talks back to its owners and the founders of Medivizor, the physician-founded medical information platform.
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The foyer atrium was flooded with light as I walked toward the collection of of sofas and chairs near the glass wall. It was decidedly more quiet than the exhibitor area and not as dark as the ballrooms. A group of four individuals sat casually around a coffee table chatting. I first became aware of OnPulse, a healthcare communications company that uses innovative health information technologies to improve coordination of care in April while attending the TEDMED conference. There, I had the pleasure to speak with Corey Booker, MD and his associate David Armstrong. When I saw that they were participating in the Health 2.0 Spring Fling: Matchpoint Boston conference, I reached out to set up an interview.
Imagine being a physician in the midst of residency training, caring for an elderly patient who is terminally ill. The family tells you at each consultation to do everything possible to save their father. With the greatest medical technology at your disposal, you do your best to care for your patient and his family. There are machines to control heart rate and breathing and tubes to bring in food and remove wastes, so your patient lives more than a month longer than any physician would have expected. But were you true to your oath, “first do no harm”?