Data Is Critical for Better Care, Expanded Access, Says Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande speaks in Masur Auditorium.
Dr. Atul Gawande speaks in Masur Auditorium.
 

There are 60,000 different ways the body can fail and medicine has developed 4,000 surgical procedures and 6,000 drugs to treat those failures, according to surgeon, New Yorker staff writer and public health researcher Dr. Atul Gawande.

“That volume of knowledge and skill has exceeded the knowledge of any one clinician to know how to manage it. We are all part of groups of people delivering health care,” he explained during a wide-ranging discussion with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in Masur Auditorium recently.

Gawande began by relaying one of the best pieces of advice he received: say yes to everything before age 40. The idea is “you are experimenting in your life and paying attention to what really gives you energy.” What he loves is solving problems related to “how we deliver health care and access to health care” and “understanding how we create better outcomes of care.”

Over the past century, there have been many breakthroughs in science and medicine. In many cases, however, those breakthroughs aren’t applied in patient care, Gawande said.

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TV Series on Bldg. 10 Debuts Aug. 10 on Discovery

Dr. Bradford Wood, director of the CC the virtual reality simulator. interventional radiology section, is filmed by the Discovery Channel.
Dr. Bradford Wood, director of the CC the virtual reality simulator. interventional radiology section, is filmed by the Discovery Channel.

PHOTO: MOLLY FREIMUTH

On Thursday, Aug. 10, the Discovery Channel will premiere a 3-part documentary series on the Clinical Center. The program, called First in Human, highlights the innovation and hard work that takes place in the Clinical Center, depicts how challenging illnesses are diagnosed and treated and provides an inside look at the successes and even setbacks that are a part of experimental medicine.

NIH has worked with the Discovery Channel to produce the multi-part documentary featuring the amazing research, patient care, spirit and dedication that abounds within the walls of Bldg. 10. First in Human represents the first time cameras have embedded in the hospital and followed first-in-human patients throughout their trial.

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