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About: david-goldsmith

David Goldsmith
David has spent his career working at the intersection of technology and social change. Following his wife’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, he became a passionate advocate for patient empowerment and connected health. As chief strategy officer, David works to identify new ways for WEGO Health to bring meaningful value to our patient network, as well as to health care organizations and life sciences companies that can benefit from patient leaders. David is a Healthbox mentor and has served as an advisor to Stanford University’s MedicineX conference and the SXSW Healthcare Accelerator. David lives in Salt Lake City where he can be found skiing, mountain-biking and hiking with his Labrador retriever, Izzy.

Posts by david-goldsmith:

Transparency among patient influencers is a must

A post on today's Health Affairs blog by Judy Butler and Adriane Fugh-Berman presses the case for transparency among patient influencers who work with pharmaceutical companies. The authors cite WEGO Health's work with patient influencers and the industry, and suggest "these kinds of relationships have the potential to blur the lines between patients’ intentions and those…
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WEGO Health Survey: Patient Leaders are Solidly Behind Drug Price Transparency

With consumers feeling the pinch of healthcare costs more intensely than ever, the debate over cost transparency is only getting more heated. Nobody is feeling that heat more than pharma. Prescription drugs are an ever-increasing share of our out-of-pocket medical costs. And by all accounts, it’s going to get worse. The CMS Office of the…

What Mark Zuckerberg’s Manifesto Means for Facebook’s Patient Communities

When it comes to bold pronouncements about Facebook’s future, ears in the patient community tend to perk up fast. And with good reason. Our most recent survey of patient leaders, conducted in February, indicates that more than 80% turn to social media for peer support. More than 73% say they use social media to stay…

The Evolving Role of Patient Influencers in Pharma Marketing

If the last year is any indication, the buzz surrounding influencer marketing is only going to grow in 2019. According to a report by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), 65% of global brands are planning to increase their spending on influencer marketing in the coming year, with two key goals top of mind: boosting…

Has the “Gimme My Damn Data” movement reached a tipping point?

It’s been nearly ten years since Dave deBronkart was invited by Gunther Eysenbach to keynote the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto. Eysenbach, a medical doctor and health informaticist, was putting the final touches on the conference program and had phoned Dave to ask him what title he wanted to use for his upcoming speech. Dave…
emerging liquid workforce in healthcare

Healthcare’s Liquid Workforce Has Arrived and Patients Are Center Stage

A new report from Accenture highlights five major trends in digital health, and one may surprise you. The report, Digital Health Technology Vision 2017, looks at how innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IOT), mobility, blockchain and the cloud are all converging to “create a perfect storm of healthcare transformation.” Whether you’re new…
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