Everybody knows that healthcare is way broken. And those who claim it isn’t are either financially dependent on the status quo, or are trapped in some medically-induced delirium.
The days of Health 1.0 (physician-autonomy, minimal transparency, paternalism rampant) are nearly gone, and its unworthy successor Health 2.0 (medicine as machine, as assembly line, as administrative technocracy with caregivers and patients as commodities) is sucking the life out of everyone while still managing to bankrupt us — all while producing some really crappy outcomes.
So the time has come to stop bitching and start exploring diverse visions, stories, and bright spots in hopes of forging a new way of caring — one that transcends both the paternalism, protectionism, and profiteering of Health 1.0 AND the depersonalization, dehumanization, and commodification of Health 2.0. Let’s stop wasting resources waging a futile war between Health 1.0 and 2.0 because BOTH are partly right, and mostly wrong.
It’s time we restored the primacy of the human relationship—that sacred analog heart of medicine—while re-personalizing care for that unique patient in front of us. It’s time we support each other as fellow caregivers, all of us integral and practicing at the top of our licenses—as a team. It’s time to be evidence-empowered but no longer evidence-enslaved. It’s time to get paid to just do the right thing for our unique patient, while enlisting science and technology to simultaneously personalize care and account for the larger systemic good. Think old skool record player, but amplified by the dopest digital technology. Compassion will be the standard of care, for our patients but also for ourselves are caregivers. Sound like a pipe dream? It’s not. It’s already here in fits and starts and it’s ultimately on US — the frontline caregivers — to make it stick and grow from the grassroots upward to the C-Suite and government. It’s time for Health 3.0.
We need to work together as clinicians, patients, administrators, businesspeople, and government. Make YOUR voice heard by joining the Health 3.0 Tribe on Facebook.
Don’t ever lose yourself in the system, the moment, we own it, we better never let it go…time to #unbreakhealthcare.
Written and Performed by ZDoggMD
Audio Engineering/Mixing/Audio Track Design by Devin Moore
Directed by Tom Hinueber
Director of Photography, Logan Stewart
Edited by Logan Stewart, ZDoggMD, and Tom Hinueber
Starring: ZDoggMD (aka Dr. Zubin Damania), Reagan Pfifer (as The Doctor), Allison Andersen APRN, Stephanie Lapid BSN/RN, Paula McDermott RT, Kim Peterson RT, Randy Bess MD, Iggie Tanone MD, Daisyrose Lopez RN, Logan Stewart, and several other docs, nurses, and administrators who have yet to email me their names (please do, STAT!)
Based on the original “Lose Yourself” by the legendary Eminem.
(And special thanks to our muse, Holly Spring, and to athenahealth for their partnership and efforts)