White House Health Care policy adviser and NIH scientist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses high touch medicine with Royal Philips Electronics CEO Gerard Kleisterlee, and Pathfinders founder and director Tina Staley as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
Mr. Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
Aspen Ideas Festival: http://www.aspenideas.org/
Entering its ninth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. The Festival is designed around a series of program “tracks," each of which offers a variety of discussions relevant to a certain topic area. The tracks offer participants the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest during their time with us, or cover a lot of ground with a menu of diverse ideas across a number of topics.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.
Gerard Kleisterlee is president and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics and is Chairman of the Board of Management and the Group Management Committee. Kleisterlee joined Philips in 1974 and has held a number of positions there, including general manager of Philips' Professional Audio Product Group; managing director of Philips Display Components worldwide; president of Philips Taiwan; regional manager for Philips Components in Asia-Pacific, where he was responsible for all activities of the Philips Group in China; CEO of Philips' Components division; executive vice president of Philips; and chief operation officer of Philips.
Tina Staley, LCSW, is Founder and Director of Pathfinders, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experience of illness, healthcare, and healing for all cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel argues that technological advancements in health care are ineffectual without "face-to-face, people-to-people, more human" interactions. He says improvement in doctor-patient relationships are needed to improve health care and drive down costs.
Doctrine of prevention and treatment that emphasizes looking at the whole personbody, mind, emotions, and environmentrather than a single function or organ. It promotes use of a wide range of health practices and therapies, including acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutrition, stressing self-care with traditional commonsense essentials. In the extreme, it may accord equal validity to a wide range of health-care approaches, some incompatible and not all scientific. It does not ignore mainstream Western medical practices but does not see them as the only effective therapies. See alsoalternative medicine.
In the UK health care is on is lowest level despite the government throwing a lot of money into the system which is mainly sucked up by the administration, which means there will be less money available to treat patients.
Why are people afraid to die? Every journey has an end, and you should start realizing this
in fairly early life. Dylan Thomas certainly did in the last verse of "Fern Hill". "Little I cared in the lamb white days, that Time would take me up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of
my hand." We are born with four classic existential dilemmas faced by all people.
(1) The inevitability of death, for each of us and for those whom we love.
(2) The freedom to make our lives as we will.
(3) Our ultimate aloneness
(4) The absence of any obvious meaning or sense to life.
The old Greeks made it more pleasant:
Clotho-spins the tangled filaments of our existence into a thread.
Lachesis-measures it to its apportioned length.
Atropos-cuts the thread of life at the proper time.
Thanatos-comes to get you and take you home.
As a retired pediatrician, I'm familiar with death. It's an aspect of life.
how much *money* & *profit* is made from keeping people ' just healthy enough to work ', not actually curing people.
There is money in preventative medicine, polluting the biosphere, shuffling blame for polluting the biosphere... & in just enough ' palliative ' care...
& a whole lot more in DENYING CARE through Americanized ' profit centre ' industries related to the supposed 'health care ' industry
RADIO-CONTROLLED surveillance of someone's PILL BOX?
what sort of freaking privacy violations is being rolled out in this nonsense?
of course, BigPharma & Insurance just LOVE that techology! ...low touch, high tech, indeed!
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