"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" to be Screened on Nov. 1 at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting

There is a late-breaking addition to the exciting 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting. The movie "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" is to be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, in Ballrooms A–C at the Hynes Convention Center. Immediately following the film, one of the directors, Matthew Heineman, ASCP Executive Vice President Dr. Blair Holladay, ASCP Senior Vice President of Science, Technology, and Policy Jeff Jacobs, and Poptech Director of Strategic Partnerships Jennifer Lopez will host a Q&A session about the compelling movie with the audience.

This investigative documentary shows some real patient examples of wasted resources and overtreatment in the U.S. medical system, as well as offering some hope for improvements if the system adopts new processes. The film examines powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in the U.S. medical industry, which are more intent on profit than prevention and healing for patients.

"Escape Fire" follows the stories of patients and one doctor, including a soldier, Sergeant Robert Yates, who returns from Afghanistan addicted to multiple pills and who turns from medications to acupuncture and mediation as he recuperates at Walter Reed Medical Center. A primary care physician, Dr. Erin Martin, shows how difficult it is to see 30 patients a day. She quits one job and moves to another one that allows her more time to educate and care for patients.

The thought-provoking film includes some footage of Dr. Donald M. Berwick, who is giving the Scientific Address on Nov. 2 at the ASCP Annual Meeting.

November 1, 7:30 PM