Kick-starting Healthcare Innovation with TEDMED2012

February 19, 2012
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Having just written about crowdsourcing for healthcare innovation, I was intrigued by a recent tweet for the TEDMED2012 Conference.  Landing on the TED home page, I found myself selecting a link for Lucien Engelen’s presentation, “Crowdsourcing for Your Health”. As the former Dutch Health 2.0 Ambassador, Engelen is also the founder of REshape, a program of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre dedicated to creating the decade of the self-empowered patient.  Inspirational stuff, indeed.

Having just written about crowdsourcing for healthcare innovation, I was intrigued by a recent tweet for the TEDMED2012 Conference.  Landing on the TED home page, I found myself selecting a link for Lucien Engelen’s presentation, “Crowdsourcing for Your Health”. As the former Dutch Health 2.0 Ambassador, Engelen is also the founder of REshape, a program of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre dedicated to creating the decade of the self-empowered patient.  Inspirational stuff, indeed.

Originated by Richard Saul Wurman, the first TED Conference was launched in 1984. Building on a fascination with people he met working in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, he seized the opportunity to explore these connections further in conference format.  Independently owned and operated, TEDMED remains true to the TED spirit by gathering a community of passionate leaders and doers from a variety of disciplines to “think out loud” about the challenges and opportunities facing health and medicine today.

In his thought provoking TEDMED2011 delivery (see video at the end of this post), the tech publisher, Ted Reilly, discusses what healthcare can borrow from Silicon Valley titans, from better product development to crowdsourcing implementation, wearable tech and even advantageous hacking. TEDMED2012 will be convening at the legendary Opera House, located in the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on April 10-13th.  Exciting to note, each of the 11 Main Hall sessions can be live-streamed FREE to qualified healthcare organization auditoriums in HD from professionally produced, multi-camera, high definition feeds. With the opportunity for your institution’s physicians, medical staff leaders, residents, nursing, allied health and administrative staff to send questions electronically to speakers in real-time, what better way to spark innovation in your own organization?  Extend the invitation to providers across the street, payers around the corner, specialty organizations over the hill etc. and we may very well have the impetus for collaboration at the local level.

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