Top 10 TED Talks on Healthcare

The healthcare system is undergoing major changes. Will these changes make us healthier? The following TED Talks provide a glimpse into the ways in which medical visionaries are utilizing technology and age old wisdom to transform healthcare.

Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?

Rebecca Onie knows that good health is not just a matter of having the right pill to swallow. Onie highlights the work of Health Leads, an organization committed to providing quality volunteers who pay attention to a patient's needs outside the hospital doors, such as good food and safe shelter.

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data

Have you ever tried to read your medical chart, only to give up after being unable to decipher the medical jargon? Thomas Goetz shows how redesigned medical charts can provide us with a wealth of important information about our health.

Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing the medical data explosion

The marked increase in medical scans has produced the side effect of doctors now having thousands of images and too little time to sort through them. Anders Ynnerman explores emerging visualization technologies that will assist doctors in determining how to best use these scans in patient care.

Mathieu Lehanneur demos science inspired design

Mathieu Lehanneur is a designer who partners with scientists to create innovative and even whimsical new devices that will improve our health and quality of life. Lehanneur's creations include air filters, light therapy lamps, and asthma medication reminders.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

In a medical landscape full of expensive new technologies, Atul Gawande wants to make sure that doctors remain grounded in the basics of providing quality care to patients. Gawande provides common sense (and cost effective) ways for doctors to improve standards of care.

Ivan Oransky: Are we over-medicalized?

In this provocative talk, Ivan Oransky asks us to consider that we are too fixated on preventing ill health, to the point of taking medications that may actually lead to further illness. Oransky looks outside the medical field to world of baseball for a new paradigm.

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

How might your health be affected if you lived in an area with high rates of water or air pollution? Bill Davenhall advocates for using geo-data technology in combination with traditional diagnostic criteria to evaluate patient health.

Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch

The rapid increase of technology in healthcare may have a downside: the loss of face to face human interaction. Abraham Verghese is a doctor who wants to make sure that physicians take the time to truly listen to patients and make sure that tests are used as a tool instead of a replacement for interaction with the patient.

Robert Fischell on medical inventing

Robert Fischell is recognized for his major contributions to medical technology, such as the rechargeable pacemaker and implantable insulin pump. But he's not done yet: Fischell outlines "three wishes" for medicine: new treatments for both migraines and mental illnesses, and reform of malpractice law.

Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

The rapid pace of technology is impacting the medical field in a big way. Daniel Kraft explores how innovations in digital medicine have changed diagnostics to bring digital test results directly to both patients and medical staff.

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