White House Health Care policy adviser and NIH scientist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses high touch medicine with Royal Philips Electronics CEO Gerard Kleisterlee, and Pathfinders founder and director Tina Staley as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Gerard Kleisterlee is president and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics and is Chairman of the Board of Management and the Group Management Committee. Kleisterlee joined Philips in 1974 and has held a number of positions there, including general manager of Philips' Professional Audio Product Group; managing director of Philips Display Components worldwide; president of Philips Taiwan; regional manager for Philips Components in Asia-Pacific, where he was responsible for all activities of the Philips Group in China; CEO of Philips' Components division; executive vice president of Philips; and chief operation officer of Philips.
Tina Staley, LCSW, is Founder and Director of Pathfinders, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experience of illness, healthcare, and healing for all cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel argues that technological advancements in health care are ineffectual without "face-to-face, people-to-people, more human" interactions. He says improvement in doctor-patient relationships are needed to improve health care and drive down costs.