Health Attitude

It's not disease, dollars, or doctors standing in the way of safe and afforda ble healthcare. The solution includes a new health attitude of patients, providers and payers as discussed in Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare by John R. Patrick. To find out more about John, please visit his blog at Attitude LLC.

About Author
John R. Patrick is President of Attitude LLC and former VP of Internet Technology at IBM. 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, and a member of the Internet Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. John has served on a number of boards including Danbury Hospital from 2003 to 2013. He is currently a board member at OCLC and a member of the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute Advisory Council. John is the author of Net Attitude published by Perseus Publishing. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with his wife Joanne. His website is at and you can contact him at

About Book
After John R. Patrick's career at IBM, he took a seat on the board of a teaching hospital. He was surprised to learn how hospitals and physicians lagged at adopting information technology, and appalled at the needless complexity of healthcare delivery processes. Instead of shaking his head and walking away, Patrick took action. 
The result is a revealing look at the cultural, attitudinal, and technological barriers holding back the United States from achieving a more affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare system. Patrick sees the inability to share personal healthcare information between hospitals, specialists, and primary care doctors as a major problem. He believes increasing collaboration for more effective healthcare is not a technical problem, it is attitudinal. The reliance of the uninsured on expensive emergency care instead of preventive care is not limited by healthcare capabilities, but by the attitude of healthcare policymakers and politicians. Patrick argues we need new attitudes about healthcare to achieve true reform. His vision includes a system focused on patients and uses an accountability oriented, fee for value model. Patrick promotes an attitude that provides incentives for wellness, not sickness.