Steve Bourke is fortunate that people share their stories with him. The curiosity to understand the individual journey, learn from the insights, and make the lasting connection allow him to dig deeper. This has created many opportunities to find the individual’s true driver to create change that will give and gain value on many levels.
Over 20 years ago, the twist of a coin took Steve on a journey to where he is today. Exercise physiology fostered a deep curiosity about the workings of the human body. He was undertaking research science, including lung and smooth muscle molecular physiology. The opportunity to capture the movement of proteins in cells by capturing the electrical activity by measuring ion channel activity was and remains fascinating. A long career in imaging offered opportunities to discuss and learn from some of the most engaged young scientific minds. Moving into health communications it was a natural fit for advocating for individuals who gained the patient badge. Time spent developing solutions for pharmaceutical industry partnering opened a new understanding of the global landscape. Creating digital patient lead innovations has been a real passion and has opened many engaging conversations and collaborations.
Each step has added to the three core pillars built on a bedrock foundation built on a heartbeat PQRST: People-focused, Quality, Respect, Sustainable, Transparency.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Hypertension. I can’t say it came as a shock. My family history of stroke, aneurysm, and high blood pressure were reasonable indications. As a chronic disease, it has a negligible impact daily but requires proactive management and more importantly, acceptance of the short-term efforts has long-term benefits. Like most patients and carers, the drive is to protect others before me. How can I ensure the next person given the patient badge is better equipped to take ownership? No medical and scientific education provided me with the tools necessary to begin a bold behavioural change and take ownership of my diagnosis. I knew I was fortunate to have a rich professional experience to start the required changes. I could help others best by seeing the opportunities for Empowering People who are Patients.
A passion for effective clear health communications combined with over ten years of expertise in biomedical research offers a distinctive advocate who excels in building bridges. Founder of Personal Pulse: Empowering People who are Patients, Co-founder RheumaCura Foundation; Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases can be prevented and cured. A member of EUPATI CH; Patient Engagement Through Education, and EUPATI fellow in training.
Empathy, warmth, humour, calmness, trustworthiness, and a natural ability to identify and develop networks combine in Empowering People who are Patients.
Provide the necessary tools required for Empowering People who are Patients across the entire healthcare ecosystem
Personal Pulse can work across a broad range of health topics and disease areas, from local, national, and global subject area
Undertake personal interview to understand across disease area pain points that provide insights for unmet needs and in so doing Empower People who are patients
With the goal to allow for greater understanding of impact of disease on People who are Patients and develop multi stakeholder engagement in a mindful and impactful manner
Translate complex subject matter into accessible useful and impactful health communications.
Creating the environment of mutual respect and guiding all stakeholder in open transparent discussion to allow for a long term partnership build upon a clear and measurable outcomes avoiding miscommunication.