This is Roni Zeiger
STORIES OF IMPACT | RONI ZEIGER, MD - SMARTPATIENTS
From 2006 to 2012, Roni was a part-time clinician and Chief Health Strategist at Google, where he led efforts ranging from Flu Trends to Symptom Search to Google Health.   EndFragment
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From 2006 to 2012, Roni was a part-time clinician and Chief Health Strategist at Google, where he led efforts ranging from Flu Trends to Symptom Search to Google Health.
From 2006 to 2012, Roni was a part-time clinician and Chief Health Strategist at Google, where he led efforts ranging from Flu Trends to Symptom Search to Google Health.
From 2006 to 2012, Roni was a part-time clinician and Chief Health Strategist at Google, where he led efforts ranging from Flu Trends to Symptom Search to Google Health.
One day, a brain bleed landed him in the emergency room. It was a condition that’s often fatal, but he got lucky.
“I was the only conscious patient in the neuro ICU, and I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I just got a free pass. What should I do with it?’”
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He decided to leave his job.
“I realized that what I was doing was building software to change clinician behaviors so that they could in turn try to change patient behavior. And that was unnecessarily indirect.”
Roni founded Smart Patients, an online community where the people receiving care and the people giving care learn from each other.
It was a direct challenge to the expert-centric culture of health care — and one that grew out of his involvement with the Medicine X community.
“The magic of Medicine X is about collaboration among coequals. The space pulls each person toward an energy of respectful curiosity. Mutually respectful curiosity.” 
In addition to acting as CEO, Roni still puts in shifts at an urgent care clinic, where intimate interactions with his patients—“mega-doses of human experience”— keep him grounded in reality.
Meanwhile, Smart Patients continues to grow. Today, it includes 30,000 members …
… and has sparked 2.5 million conversations—all in support of the premise:
Connected groups of people have the potential to solve problems better than individual experts.
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