Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

'Patients Included' or Dilbert cartoon?

'Binders of Women' (yes! there are plenty of extremely capable women advocates that would be of value at your conference):  The Walking Gallery, SpeakerLink, Regina Holliday, Partnership WITH Patients

Patients Included! Conference designers signal whether 'welcome mat' is out for patients/advocates.  

Let Patients Help!  The value of conferences is elevated by patient/provider diversity in attendees.

An upcoming inaugural Patient Safety Summit limits patient engagement because of these barriers: 

  1. insular invitation limiting diversity of attendees, 
  2. cost/location factors 
  3. gender bias

On the invitation: 'Who Should Attend'? 
 Hospital Executives
 Biomedical Engineers
 Industry Executives
 Government Officials
       (  omitted:  patients/advocates  )

   $500 Registration
      $700 Flight/Parking/Taxi
      $500 Hotel
$ 1700 minimum total cost

  Presenter Selection Bias
   Predominantly male medical professionals, though selected 'patient voices' are predominantly female/non-medical professionals

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