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Interview to Michael Seres, Patient Advocate and Founder of 11Health

At the age of 16 I was told by my gastroenterologist that the only way he would treat me is if we did this together as a team. I learnt very early on that I needed to take responsibility for my health. That led me to understand more about my blood levels, the important markers and what I needed to do next to assist my recovery. In the last 5 years, post my intestinal transplant, I really decided that I have a responsibility to give back to the surgeons who saved my life. The best way I could do that was to live my life. I started mentoring patients with IBD and intestinal failure and then started talking to the new transplant patients. From there I understood more the power of the patient and the role we can play in healthcare in the future. At Stanford Medicine X we have a philosophy of everyone included which is around the fact that everyone, including the patient, has a role to play and each role has to be based on mutual respect and empathy.
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Solutions That Will Be Essential for the Future of Healthcare

We are living in an age where thousands upon thousands of individuals and companies are trying to find faster, better and cheaper ways to get things done leveraging the latest digital technologies. We are so completely surrounded by efforts to innovate, disrupt and accelerate, that it may come as a surprise to find out that “innovation” has been around ever since our earliest ancestors shed their body hair and started walking upright.

Since those early days, our ancestors have sought solutions to their everyday problems and the “technology” they leveraged was whatever the environment around them gave them to use. These early humans started to make tools and weapons out of stone and thus came up with a clever solution to help them hunt, grind grains, start fires and build shelters. It may however come as a surprise to find out that, even in the stone age, our earliest ancestors applied their latest innovation to also find solutions to their health problems!
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