Health IRL

Health “In Real Life” (IRL) is a series of live, interactive conversations to help people navigate the changing healthcare landscape with insights from experts. Get the bi-weekly topic, guests, and registration link sent right to your inbox by signing up to join our community.


The Health IRL Team

Lygeia Ricciardi

Host & Moderator

Ashley Dauwer

Platform & Engagement Ninja

What’s Different

about Health IRL?

It’s Made Fresh for You. We take input from our community about the most relevant, useful topics at the intersection of digital health, patient-centered health, and real life in real time.

It’s Interactive. This is not your Grandpa’s webinar. It’s a lively moderated conversation. You can chat, answer polls, Tweet, and ask your questions live on camera, if you choose to.

It Highlights the Patient Perspective. Each session  features two guests ⁠— a healthcare expert and a patient expert ⁠— we believe the intersection of both perspectives is key in healthcare

Redefining the Patient-Provider Partnership

Donna Cryer

Patient Advocate & CEO, Global Liver Institute

Dr. Jonathan Fisher

Cardiologist & Physician Leader, Novant Health

Lygeia Ricciardi



Back in the day, doctors gave orders, and patients were expected to follow them. End of story. 

But that’s changing, due in part to broad cultural shifts, and to the power of information technology. Many patients are becoming more empowered as partners in their health and healthcare: they’re doing independent research, collaborating with patient peers, gathering and sharing new sources of data from wearables, and expecting that healthcare providers will tailor care to meet their unique needs and preferences. As a result, the doctor’s role is increasingly shifting from “the sage on the stage” to “the guide on the side.”

Many people would agree that the old model of care and its role expectations were problematic. And not just because they diminish patients. Many healthcare providers suffer from anxiety, depression, burnout, and even suicide because of professional pressures. But establishing new patterns, behaviors, and models of care takes time, empathy, and creativity. We’ll hear from pioneers on both sides of the patient-provider partnership who have helped to reshape it in ways that benefit both parties.

In this episode of Health IRL: A Collaborative Conversation, we’ll talk about Redefining the Patient-Provider Partnership with Dr Jonathan Fisher, Cardiologist and Physician Leader at Novant Health, and Donna Cryer, Patient Advocate and President and CEO of the Global Liver Institute.

The topics we covered include:

  • The complementary kinds of expertise providers and patients can bring to the table.

  • How technology and virtual care are reshaping the patient-provider relationship.

  • How better partnerships between patients and providers can transform quality of life and improve health outcomes.

After a conversation moderated by Lygeia, we opened the floor for live video questions from the community. 

Recordings of Past Sessions

 Mike S.

 Everyone who has had the opportunity to join this amazingly relevant conversation has gained valuable insight in this critical time.

What the Community is Saying

 Laura W.

 I have rewatched every webinar so far... you have made me pick up my pen and tablet to write some of your thoughts as a personal goal for me to be able to translate to my patients.

 Michael S.

 Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate. It is an excellent format for talks. 


Suggestions Welcomed

We love to hear ideas for future topics and speakers from our community.