The VIP movie screening no one in healthcare should miss

ENGAGE is an executive level event focused on the latest strategies, solutions and best practices to advance patient engagement and healthcare delivery.

This year’s MedCity ENGAGE conference comes with a special benefit. The night before the conference, on Sept. 29, all attendees are joining in a special red-carpet showing of “Code Black,” an award-winning independent film examining the challenges of modern healthcare.

The film follows a group of emergency room residents as they confront issues like maintaining patient dignity, designing an ER with patients in mind and battling an increasingly complicated healthcare bureaucracy. It’s the perfect segue to the two days of discussions that make up MedCity’s patient engagement conference. What’s more, at the conclusion of the Code Black showing you’ll be treated to a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

It’s another reason to join us at ENGAGE, the premier event for finding and advancing winning strategies for patient engagement and healthcare delivery, held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Bethesda, MD, and it is filling up fast. Find out more about ENGAGE.

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I knew I wanted to bring Code Black to ENGAGE after seeing it myself at the Cleveland International Film Festival earlier this year. There was a panel discussion there, too, and moviegoers – whether healthcare workers or civilians – had a visceral reaction. Something happens when the day-to-day frustrations you accept are suddenly laid out without compromise on a silver screen.

The showing of Code Black is the perfect rocket-fuel for the take-no-prisoners conversations that will happen at ENGAGE. But everyone in healthcare needs that same jolt such a film provides.

I get the feeling the documentary, because of both the critical acclaim and when it was shot, will be a time-capsule type movie to remember how we treated patients. It was filmed from 2008-2012, so not quite Obamacare but definitely in the middle of all the issues we discuss today.

The Los Angeles Times agreed, describing Code Black as “something that feels personal, vital and revelatory, allowing the rest of us behind the curtain.” The Washington Post, meanwhile, called the movie “a powerful and quietly damning film” that makes “a broad indictment of a system that is badly in need of surgery.”

It “presents a balanced, thoughtful and clear-eyed look at what, for many poor and uninsured people, is their only source of medical care: the public hospital,” The Post stated. “Though the film identifies no single culprit, its perspective on the nature of the dysfunction is clear. American health care is penny-wise but pound-foolish.”

Our panelists will bring fantastic insight to the movie as well. Panel members are:

    • Leana Wen, M.D., MSc, an emergency physician and the director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University
    • Dr. Mary Jacob, a resident at GWU Medical Center
    • Nancy Green, managing principal at Verizon Healthcare

I’ll also join the panel, which will be moderated by Ashley Gold, an eHealth Reporter at Politico. We’ll have a special introduction by Diana Keough, the CEO of ShareWIK Media Group, the hosts of the reception.

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Of course, there will be plenty of panels, special speakers, keynotes and live sessions over the two days, focusing on topics like leveraging patient data, lessons from consumer engagement, ACOs update, design behind the scenes, big employers and beyond.

ENGAGE is the foremost event for patient engagement innovation and one that should not be missed.

I look forward to seeing you in D.C. at ENGAGE. Don’t miss out—register today.