Eliminating the Third Largest Cause of Death
How Transparency Can Disrupt the Medical Care Industry and Change it for the Better

Martin A. Makary

Videography by Nerine and Robert Clemenzi, Edited by Nerine Clemenzi
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Sponsored by The Policy Studies Organization
In Cooperation with the American Public University

About the Lecture:

To patients, the healthcare system is a black box.  Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable. The lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked, producing a medical culture that does little to eliminate costly preventable errors: routinely leaving surgical sponges inside patients, amputating the wrong limbs, and administering medications incorrectly because of sloppy handwriting, to name a few.  Consequently, error rates and the costs of medical care continue to go up despite rapid scientific progress and others efforts to curb expenses.  Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices.  Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change through the power of the free market.

This lecture will use art and presidential history to describe America’s heritage of transparency.  It will explore how transparency has become an American value and how transparency has positively disrupted, and re-defined entire industries for the better.  The modern transparency revolution in medicine, from compassionate bedside care to big data , and its potential to solve improve outcomes, eliminate mistakes and reduce the costs of medical care  will be discussed.  The lecture also will discuss what medical practice will look like in the coming years in America, in terms of technological innovation and consumer choices.



About the Speaker

Alexander BrettonMarty Makary is Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and, concurrently, Surgeon and Chief of Islet Transplantation Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he previously held the Mark Ravitch Chair of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Marty created The Surgery Checklist, popularized in Atul Gawande's book, "The Checklist Manifesto".  He is the lead author on the original publications introducing it’s use and measuring its impact on patient safety.  He served on WHO's Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative which developed the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist, and he chaired WHO's technical workgroup on measuring surgical quality worldwide. His current research and advocacy work focuses on physician led efforts to reduce waste in the healthcare system.

Marty is an author on more than two hundred medical and technical publications.  He is the author of "Unaccountable", a New York Times bestseller about the health care system.  His articles have appeared in wide variety of general readership publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek, and he is a frequent commentator on health issues on broadcast media, especially on programs on CNN and FOX News.

Among other honors, Marty was named one of America’s 40 Smartest People in Healthcare" by Becker’s Review.

Marty holds an MD and MPH.  He attended Bucknell University, Thomas Jefferson University and Harvard University, earning his undergraduate, MD and MPH degrees and did a surgical residency at Georgetown University.

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