Can Sharing a Medical 'Selfie' Save Lives?

Data from a 2007 voluntary research scan helped Steven Keating identify his own brain tumor in 2014 when he began to notice a phantom vinegar scent. After an MRI confirmed the presence of a tennis ball-sized tumor, Keating immediately began collecting his own clinical, research, and self-generated data. Armed with 200 gigabytes of information, he was better able to understand his condition, make critical treatment decisions, and further scientific research and patient care through online sharing. From cutting open his own brain tissue to 3D printing his tumors (and giving them to family members as Christmas tree ornaments), Keating discusses how patient data access, use, and shareability will drive the next revolution in health care.

Speakers: Steven Keating
Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: Treatment

The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens... See more
Medical errors in hospitals rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and... See more
Dip into a groundbreaking medical memoir by Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center and... See more
Whether they remain free of diagnosable disease or become afflicted by dementia, our brains inevitably change as we... See more
Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes... See more
Individual genetic makeup and the genetic signature of diseases vary tremendously, but the goal of matching them with... See more

Pages