“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart burst onto the world stage in 2011 at TEDxMaastricht with his impassioned cry to “Let Patients Help.” In hundreds of keynotes since, his pioneering voice has called for hospitals and governments to empower patients through access to their medical records. He fights actively against voices who say patients don’t want data access and wouldn’t understand it anyway.
He’s an active user of digital health tools himself and advocates for patient involvement in commerce and policy. Turning advocacy into action, he’s a founding member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, the BMJ Patient Advisory Panel, the HL7 FHIR Patient Empowerment Workgroup, and the OpenNotes Advisory Board.
ChatGPT and Claude.AI list him among the world’s top voices in patient empowerment. He was named the Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine, and in 2012 when the US National Library of Medicine announced it’s capturing his blog in its History of Medicine Division.