I recently attended a conference where I was able to meet Dr. Zubin Damania of Turntable Health in Las Vegas, NV.  His alter ego, ZDoggMD, has a very funny, very entertaining YouTube channel that I had seen before.  On his channel, he parodies the often ridiculous aspects of healthcare delivery, and even if you aren’t knee-deep in Meaningful Use, I promise you’ll find him worth watching.  Think Weird Al Yankovich meets Marshal Mathers meets your favorite middle school teacher…

His stage personality was huge.  If you can imagine a room full of doctors and administrators at a lunchtime conference, and then imagine them laughing and clapping and singing along, and lining up in front of the stage to throw their delicates at him (ok, not so much that last one), you’ll get an idea of how much he was able to affect and infect this normally reserved group.  It was great.

What was even more impressive was his talk.  I encourage you to watch his TED talk and check out his site Turntable Healthcare.  I think all of us, whether we are doctors or not, can appreciate his points.  Healthcare is not about technology, and EMR, and computers and data, although those are valuable tools.  Healthcare is about people.  It’s about health, and care, and caring.  Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed with compliance and with the business of medicine, and with worry about everything from student loans to malpractice insurance to employee challenges, and have forgotten about the actual delivery of healthcare.

Dr. Damania has partnered with some very cool people in Downtown Las Vegas and is making changes.  Some of it won’t work, but some will be transformative, and he’s trying!

Check him out…