As with Bill Gates, Kathy Kastner has no University degrees, but hasn't let that stop her.
An entrepreneur in the health education space, Kathy finds gaps in patient-facing/patient-centered health education and sets out to fill them. Hers is always the patients point of view and almost always boils down to issues in the communication spectrum.
Her current focus: end of life education and communication - sparked by a hospice and palliative medicine tweet chat (#hpm). BestEndings.com is the only layman's perspective that strives to clarify and give context to issues, along with curating multi-platform resources and an embedded Advance Directive app.
Kathy's aha! moment: A pre-natal class lead Kathy to a realization: "I don't understand this terminology and I don't even know what questions to ask."
The result: Parent Channel and Healthtv, two branded tv networks broadcasting health education directly to hospitalized patients, via bedside tvs. For two decades, Kathy's content was implemented in top healthcare institutions across North America. Results of impact studies have been presented at International Conference on Communications in Medicine; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians,
and the FDA.
• TEDtalk: Exit Laughing
• Stanford MedicineX ePatient Scholar
• Stanford Patients 2.0 presenter
• Published author (peer-reviewed journals)
• Keynote Speaker
• Public Member Palliative and Supportive Care Steering Committee, WestPark Health Center
• Social Media strategist: Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) University of Toronto
• Patient rep International Summit on Leadership Education for Physician
• Social Media Panelist, Journal Of Palliative Medicine
• Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Advisory
• Public Member College of Occupational Therapists
• Federal Innovation Grant Awardee: BestEndings.com