“Such a Beautiful Thing”: Susannah Fox on How 21st Century Patients Find Their Tribes
On today’s show, my good friend, long-time partner-in-crime advocate, and Princess Leia Jedi Master of Health Tech, Susannah Fox, who I consider to be one of the most insightful, introspective and influential unicorn, renaissance human beings around. Susannah was the Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is currently on the boards of Cambia and Hive, and provides research and advice about navigating the intersection of health and technology at her consultancy, Internet Geologist. Her passion has been—and quite possibly forever shall be—the fundamental power of peer-to-peer health. You know, that whole “You’re Not Alone” thing? “Connecting with people with shared and similar experiences where there’s no judgment or stigma?” “Tribalism done right for the purpose of lifehacking your way through acute illness and chronic conditions?” That is Susannah’s passion. See if you can spot the gestalt moment where I nearly lost my mind (in the best sense) after hearing that—of all places — the thrush of modern-day health lifehackery is coming from Amazon reviews. On that note, enjoy my conversation with Susannah Fox. Follow Susannah on Twitter @SusannahFox.