On most Friday’s we try to share something as part of our Fun Friday series of blog posts. This week we’re finally getting the chance to share the genius work of ZDoggMD. If you’ve read the site for a while, you certainly are familiar with the slightly funnier than placebo rappin’ doctor. In this video he takes on a parody of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. He’s screaming through the lyrics in this one and it’s chalk full of interesting one liners about our current healthcare system. Lots to chew on in this video as we enter the weekend.
Rather than try to explain this ZDoggMD video, I thought this comment from Riley Mcnamara on ZDoggMD’s latest video described it best:
I’m dealing with a lot of crap right now in the clinic, we’re over booked with patients, EHR headaches, and a never ending stream of useless bureaucracy. It’s been one of those weeks that made me question if I can do this. This made me feel better even if it’s just for a little bit! It’s not easy, but I’d never dream of doing anything else! Thanks man!
There truly is a battle going on for the future of healthcare and it’s a battle worth fighting. Thanks for the excellent work ZDoggMD! Shout out to HealthISPrimary.org as well. Check out the video below:
This week my cousin sent me a message late at night on Facebook. She’s a nurse and had just experienced her first patient who coded on her. Needless to say it was a traumatic experience and she was reeling from the experience. I’m not sure how much I helped her, but I tried to show some empathy and at least be there to listen to her in her time of need.
This experience reminded me of what a challenging job it is to be a nurse. We certainly don’t show them enough appreciation. With this in mind, it seemed fitting for this Fun Friday post to share ZDoggMD’s “Dear Nurses” parody of Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama.”
A big thank you to all the nurses out there that make healthcare great and don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve.
It’s Friday and so you know we like to have a little fun on Friday. This week it comes from the slightly funnier than placebo ZDoggMD. Best known for his humorous medical raps, he’s recently launched what he calls the ZVLogg and a number of other humorous and educational (sometimes) video parodies. Just imagine an SNL for doctors. That’s basically it. Here’s his latest example which is hilarious (and sad) if you’re a doctor and slightly less hilarious if you’re a hospital administrator. Enjoy!
Leave it to ZDoggMD to honor those healthcare people working the holidays in just the right way. This time he does it with a parody of Ice Cube that he calls “It Was a Good Call Day.” Be sure to wait for the surprise ending.
Enjoy the video below and a massive thank you to those in health care that are spending their holiday away from family at work.
The medical world’s comedy rapper, ZDoggMD is at again with support from athenahealth. ZDoggMD just published a Jay Z parody video he calls EHR State of Mind which also promotes a new website called LetDoctorsBeDoctors.com. The timing of the video is interesting considering my recent blog posts on meaningful use dissatisfaction and one doctor’s dissatisfaction to name a few. I guess this post is a continuation of that theme. Enjoy ZDoggMD’s latest video on EHR and don’t let it hurt too much if it hits a little too close to home:
ZDoggMD recently teamed up with Wake Up The Movie (Coming Fall 2016) to create this profound video talking about End of Life and important topics like advanced directives. Without further ado, check out the video below:
The stories are starting to pile up in the comments of the video on YouTube. It’s amazing to read the stories about end of life. Here’s one from an EHR doc that stood out to me:
This is genius. I’m an ER doc, and I’ve done CPR on too many people who, had they just understood, would have opted for a DNR and died in a more dignified and humane way. I am all for life-saving measures, but reality is less glamorous and less optimistic than TV makes it out to be. People with advanced illness, or even simply advanced age, should really consider what they expect from their future and weigh that against the idea of being tortured on a gurney with the small chance of survival, only to be miserable in a hospital bed with an even smaller chance of returning to a normal or even fair quality of life. At this point in my life, of course, I would opt for all life-saving measures for myself (though I would rather be dead than be chronically in a vegetative state), but at some point in life, the scales should tip. Ignoring the issue and just accepting the default potentially leads to increased sadness and anguish for yourself and your loved ones down the road.
I’ve heard some of my geriatric doctor friends comment that we need to start having more meaningful discussions about end of life. I think that’s true. It’s a challenging discussion that nobody really wants to have, but it’s an important one. I know I was brought to tears when my wife and I have sat down and talked about many of the issues related to it. It’s not an easy topic, but I’m glad we’ve had the discussion and put our desires in writing. Now we just need EHRs and PHRs to support advance directives better than most do today.
It’s Friday and I’m traveling to a friend’s funeral so I thought I’d counterbalance my own personal sadness with a fun Friday video. Where do you turn for funny healthcare videos? No other than ZDoggMD. His latest video is called Readmission, which is a R. Kelly “Ignition (Remix)” Parody. Enjoy the video and have a great weekend.
The famously funnier than placebo and CEO of Turntable Health, ZDoggMD, has put out a great new healthcare parody video to Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places. The video is called “Friends with Low Platelets.”
Turns out, I just discovered that ZDoggMD and I will be sharing the same stage at the Modernizing Medicine EHR user conference, EMA Nation, as part of my Fall Health IT conference schedule. I’ll let ZDoggMD go for the funny talk and I’ll take a more emotional storytelling approach. Should make for a great event.
— Modernizing Medicine (@modmed_EMA) October 2, 2014
Side Note: It’s great that Las Vegas is finally being recognized for it’s amazing Healthcare thought leaders (ZDoggMD and myself are both in Las Vegas). Ok, Las Vegas isn’t a hub for healthcare. We’re definitely punching above our weight class, but there’s something to say about Las Vegas doing interesting things in healthcare and health IT.
For those who follow Hospital EMR and EHR as well, you might have noticed my first post about The Healthcare Forum at TEDMED. That was a great starter event for my experience at TEDMED. A day and a half into TEDMED and I started to wonder if I could describe TEDMED in a couple words. I can’t, but I’m glad I was invited to attend the event as a guest of Xerox.
Instead of trying to describe the experience of TEDMED, I thought I’d offer some of the insights that the TEDMED speakers shared. Just realize that all of these speakers are surrounded by plenty of breathing room where you’re interacting with other TEDMED “delegates.” I’ve had conversations ranging from cancer treatments to genomics to EHR to public health and everything in between and around. In fact, you’re never quite sure who you might meet next and that’s what makes the experience unique.
As for the speakers – you’ll be able to see them all online eventually – but here are some key quotes, insights, comments, and assertions that were made by various speakers.
Anytime Jonathan Bush speaks is a highlight for me. The man does not know how to mince words and so you’re sure to get his raw, unadulterated feelings on a subject. You may disagree with him on some of the things he says, but he often opens your eyes to new areas of healthcare you hadn’t considered. In this case, Jonathan Bush was taking aim at many of the screwed up features of our healthcare system with healthcare costs clearly in focus.
Jonathan offered the following two insights on some of the current healthcare issues:
“The biggest problem is that our profit motive is trapped in a weak marketplace.”
“The tactics non-profit hospitals use would make John D Rockefeller blush.”
Of course, he also followed that up with a number of suggestions on what we need to do to improve healthcare:
“We need to let go of Precious. It will be OK. It’s a $2 trillion baby.”
“Entrepreneurs need to get out there and start delivering care, never mind corporate medical law..Get a lawyer and figure it out.”
“Why do the best doctors in the world only get to treat people in eastern Massachusetts?”
What might have been my favorite talk (and I think the only standing ovation at TEDMED so far) was Zubin Damania (better known as ZDoggMD). It’s not even fair to try and sum up Zubin’s TEDMED talk. I’m certain that once it’s out and available I’ll be embedding the whole video. However, I will highlight one really powerful point he made. When he became a doctor he realized he was “Doing something TO people, rather than something FOR people.” With Zubin’s move to Las Vegas and participation in the Downtown Project, he’s now excited to finally live the physician dream: “Do something FOR people, rather than TO people.”
Deborah Estrin made a really strong case for “packaging up your small data.” She said, “There’s a lot that I can learn about my personal health from my digital behavior.” For example, the app could create a comparative picture of your daily function this month relative to last month, by automatically analyzing motion, location, and vocabulary data plucked from your digital traces. I love the power of small data, but in this case it’s small data because it’s for an individual.
Gary Slutkin provided one of the most insightful TEDMED presentations at this point. He did an amazing job explaining violence as a disease. Even more powerful was how he then showed how violence can be treated similar to the way we treat diseases. The parallels were stunning and provided a unique insight to a challenging problem.
On the first night of TEDMED, the passionate America Bracho offered the following insight “Awareness increases in the presence of contradiction.” America made a number of other passionate comments about community health, but this comment really stood out to me. She highlighted how many of us ignore the plight of our communities so we don’t become aware of the contradictions around us. However, I think this concept applies in so many other areas of healthcare IT. We often turn a blind eye to a healthcare IT issue so we don’t have to recognize the contradiction. Awareness of issues is the first step to solving the contradictions.
One of the most powerful concepts I’ve heard was from Danny Hillis. He talked about the idea of disease preemption instead of disease prevention. Some might argue that disease preemption is just really early stage disease prevention. However, the concept of trying to preempt a disease that could be developing is incredibly powerful. I’ve talked about this from the perspective of treating healthy patients in the past. In this scenario, we could treat someone who appears healthy in order to preempt future health issues. This is a powerful concept that is also incredibly hard to deliver, but we could get closer to it with the right data and sensors.
Mike Pazin, director of ENCODE, called his genome work “fun.” We need more Mikes in healthcare having fun with the genome and we’ll quickly realize the benefits of genomics.
“What if obesity is a cover mechanism? What if diabetes resistance causes obesity as opposed to obesity causing diabetes resistance?” Peter Attia flipped the idea of obesity and diabetes on the head with this question.
Amy Abernethy and Elizabeth Marincola discussed the idea of healthcare information hoarding. Amy asked the important question, “What should healthcare information donation look like?” Elizabeth offered, “Science, Money, and the Public’s Right to Know are on a collision course.” and then “You can have your cake and eat it too. You can be profitable and still share the scientific research.” I’d have loved to hear more examples of how Elizabeth sees this vision happening, but I’m hopeful she’s right that, “The future of medicine is where every student and researcher can access any research done anywhere in the world.”
I know that’s a lot to chew on. Now sprinkle the above knowledge together with the entertainment – the raw dance motions of David Odde & Black Label Movement, the unique one man band of Kishi Bashi, the all star entertainer Richard Simmons, and many other fine artists – and you’ll have a small window into the TEDMED experience.