Friday, March 14, 2008

The Mayo Clinic Health Care Symposium

If you were unable to make it to the Mayo Clinic's Health Care Symposium earlier this week, fear not. Thanks to the efforts of Lee Aase, the Mayo Clinic's Social Media Manager, you can time shift the proceedings and listen to many of the good parts online.

Not only has Aase launched a blog that acts as a companion to the Symposium, but he has also made sure to record and podcast many of the juicier bits for our listening and researching pleasure.

The Keynote Address by Tom Brokaw is a perfect introduction to the proceedings and is an erudite and moving speech. In it, he reminds us that while our current problems may seem insurmountable, they are tiny compared to the ones faced by prior generations. He frames his comments in the dual context of our responsibility and our legacy as a society:

"It is said that medicine took a dramatic turn at the beginning of the 20th century when it began to do more good than harm to the patient. A hundred years from now what will be the judgment of historians about the delivery of health care at the beginning of the 21st century? Will we do more good than harm to the system and, by extension, to the patient? That is the charge and the battle now has been joined. "
In addition to the esteemed Brokaw, there are several other podcasts available. MP3s can be downloaded, included the following:
  • Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health brings us the business perspective

  • Robert Smolt, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center provides an overview of the Symposium's goals.

  • Symposium Co-Chair Pat Mitchell's welcome message

  • Denis Cortese, President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic's opening remarks
I am sure we will be seeing more (or hearing more) as they get the rest of the audio digitized. Thanks to podcasting, we may not have been there, but we did not miss out. If listening to any of these inspires you, please leave a comment here or on the Mayo Clinic's blog.

SOURCE: "The Mayo Clinic Health Policy Blog"
SOURCE: "PODCASTS: The Mayo Clinic Health Policy Blog"
photo courtesy of 2008 Mayo Clinic National Symposium on Health Care Reform

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