I’m Dr Pritpal S Tamber and I explore why health systems fail low-income communities.

In the US, I do what I do as the CEO and Co-Founder of Bridging Health & Community (BH&C), a Seattle-based nonprofit. In the UK, I do what I do as part of the group behind Beyond Systems

I used to be the Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED’s dedicated health event. It was in that role that I realised that most ‘innovation’ in health is going to have little impact on the communities most in need. I wanted to explore this paradox so, since early 2013, I’ve spent time with practitioners working in difficult social environments – such as poverty and exclusion – to understand what it takes. What I’ve learnt informs the work of BH&C and Beyond Systems

In the US, my speaking agent is Executive Speakers Bureau. Elsewhere I'm represented by MFL and London Speaker Bureau.

This is my personal blog. It contains the archive of my work prior to founding BH&C. Since then, my work-related writing has been published on BH&C as updates, leaving this blog for less formal, more wide-ranging, reflections. I write erratically. 

I underwrite my work by consulting on the basis of my background in clinical improvement, technology and clinical evidence (some of my clients are listed below). Prior to consulting, I was the Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that aimed to improve the flow of patients through care by embedding evidence-based pathways into electronic medical record systems. I was also: Managing Director of ‘Faculty of 1000 Medicine’, a service that identified the research articles that mattered from the thousands published each week; Editorial Director for Medicine of BioMed Central, the academic publisher that pioneered open access; a practicing doctor; and an editor at the BMJ. See LinkedIn for more.

I try to lead a 'carbon neutral' life, although I'm well aware that I need to reduce my consumption, rather than just off-set it. For now, though, I off-set by donating monthly to Tree Aid. I chose them because they don't just plant trees but think about how those trees can help tackle poverty in some of the poorest regions the world. I explained my decision in this post

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If it takes your fancy, do get in touch.