People are wired for dialogue, and our rituals reflect this. In music traditions, “call and response” is a pattern in which a leader will sing or play a line of music and the audience will sing in response. Public civic exchanges harness the power of group dialogue when a candidate calls out “What are we for?” and the crowd responds “Freedom!” Even in childhood, games like Marco Polo (swimming pool tag) revolve around the call of one player (shouting “Marco”) to the response of the others (replying “Polo”). People are wired for dialogue because it is how we connect. And it is how we move forward together.
One of the biggest problems we have in health care in the U.S. is mathematical: there are about 600,000 practicing physicians in the country to serve about 312 million people. Healthwise believes and was founded on the principle that the greatest untapped resource in health care is the person … the patient.