John  Patrick

John Patrick

"It's not disease, dollars, or doctors standing in the way of safe and affordable healthcare. The solution includes a new health attitude of patients, providers, payers, and policymakers" John Patrick

Vice president of Internet technology at IBM Corporation from 1995 to 2001, John Patrick's unofficial title was Internet visionary and Business 2.0 labeled him one of the industry's most intriguing minds. Forging a leadership role in the healthcare arena with his latest book, Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare affords him the unofficial title: healthcare visionary.

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"It's not disease, dollars or doctors standing in the way of safe, affordable healthcare,"says Dr. Patrick. "The solution includes a new health attitude for patients, providers, payers and policymakers. Only when we confront the challenges of the healthcare system can we create meaningful change."

Dr. John R. Patrick's 35-year career at IBM placed him at the forefront of the Internet revolution and earned him the unofficial title of internet visionary. As Vice President for Internet Technology, he became an influential force behind the company's early adoption of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Upon retirement, he took a seat on the board of a Community Hospital, where he was shocked to learn how slowly hospitals were adopting new information technology.

"I was appalled at how archaic the hospital processes were - with paper, post-its, and clip boards everywhere. I found the lack of collaborative information sharing stunning,"recalls John. "I began to think there must be a way technology and changes in healthcare attitudes could make a difference."

That desire propelled him to earn his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. During his studies, John discovered the cultural, technological, and attitudinal barriers holding back the United States from achieving a more affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare system. In his 2015 book release, Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare, he explores these problems painting a positive vision of the solutions that can create meaningful change. His 2001 book Net Attitude: What It Is, How to Get It, and Why Your Company Can't Survive Without It positioned him as a globally acclaimed speaker delivering enthusiastic, eye-opening, and thought-provoking presentations.

During his 35-years of service, John also served as the Vice President of Marketing during the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand. It's one of the reasons why Business 2.0 named him as one of the industry's most intriguing minds, Industry Week named him one of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth, and Network World called him one of the 25 most powerful people in networking.

John was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding member and past chairman of the Global Internet Project, a member of the Internet Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives, a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has been a business and technology advisor to numerous companies and is a board member at MecklerMedia, Inc. and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. He is a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Advisory Council. John also holds degrees in electrical engineering, management, law, and health administration.

    "John Patrick is one of my favorite thinkers, a bright spirit and intellect who shares his rare understanding of technology and the web, its many dimensions and limitless potential."

    - Lou Dobbs, Host, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox Business Network

    "Dr. John Patrick recently spoke to our nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees. His ability to articulate the issues and challenges taking place in our rapidly changing healthcare environment was truly impressive. Our nurses were inspired by his goal to improve health outcomes through an improved Health Attitude!! We can't wait to have him back."

    - Dr. Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is The Beatrice Hofstadter White Endowed Chair for Nursing Education and Research, Norwalk Hospital

    "John Patrick is one of the most prescient thinkers in technology today. He has a knack for seeing around corners and spots major trends years before his peers. We've had him as a keynoter, panelist and moderator at several of our trade functions. John leaves you with a vision of the future--the 'undiscovered country' -- that is clear and compelling. Highly recommend."

    - VJames Kollegger, CEO, Genesys Partners

    "When we look back ten years from now on the revolution that occurred in healthcare, John Patrick's book Health Attitude will be viewed as one of the prologues of that revolution. We tend to overestimate technology in the short term and underestimate its role in the long term. Simply put, this book presents an optimistic future where innovation, technology, empathy and sound business principles collide into a "big-bang" of better healthcare!"

    - Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System

    "Intelligence is mostly point of view and the rest is attitude. John provides a charming and easy-to-read cultural primer and travel guide for citizens of the world of atoms who plan to visit or emigrate to the land of bits."

    - Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman and Co-founder, MIT Media Lab

    "It is quite encouraging to read John Patrick's crisp and accurate analysis of the most complex and pressing issues in the United States, it's healthcare system. While his focus is primarily on the U.S., most of his conclusions and proposed approaches to potential solutions are just as applicable for many European countries."

    - Hans Ulrich Maerki, former Chairman and CEO of IBM Europe Middle East Africa, Senior Fellow Advanced Leadership Initiative Harvard University, Board member of leading Orthopedic Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland