Author Archives: Joe Babaian

Authentic Collaboration

Let’s pause to think about what it means to work together. We all do it almost every day and I’d venture a guess that we all have experienced varying levels of quality in these collaborations. To formalize it a bit, let’s think of authentic collaboration. Here’s a personal story that I have just experienced that will […]

Barriers in Healthcare

Blog post by Joe Babaian A barrier. Who among us doesn’t immediately recognize this symbol of access denied, forbidden, or discouraged? This is but one metaphor for an external barrier to healthcare that many face. External barriers can be environmental like steps blocking a wheelchair or other assistance device, financial, emotional, educational, physical, digital, and […]

Role of Patients Seen Through the Lens of The Women’s Suffrage Movement

Blog post by “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart (Introduction by Joe Babaian) Introduction We are honored this week to welcome a very special guest to #hcldr. Dave deBronkart better known as @ePatientDave is a globally recognized advocate for patients. His own healthcare journey propelled him to use his voice along with his singular passion and determination to advocate and push for […]

Following the Leader in Healthcare

Blog Post By Joe Babaian Today’s blog is dedicated to my friend and yours Richard Bagdonas – A true #hcldr and #pinksocks heart as he undergoes treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center here in Houston. He’s got this! Please send your best wishes! If you wish to read more about his very personal story, do check it […]

Does Self-Determination In Healthcare Eclipse “Doctor’s Orders”?

Blog post by Joe Babaian It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has. ~ William Osler We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it […]

Are You A Healthcare Consumer?

Blog post by Joe Babaian The pharma pricing system was not built on the idea of consumer engagement. It was built… on market efficiencies. It was not built on the premise of consumerism. ~ Heather Bresch, CEO Mylan Heather’s comment is specific to pharma but it’s emblematic of the entire healthcare system as we now […]

Authentic Listening in Healthcare

Blog post by Joe Babaian Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – Steven Covey Is your doctor really present during your visit? – Suzanne Koven M.D. The topic of Authentic Listening has become even more important as we accelerate into healthcare innovation and system redesign. We have not yet moved the needle toward true meaningful […]