I had the pleasure to give a talk at the recent amazing TEDxNijmegen event organized by the team of Lucien Engelen. I described how I used crowdsourcing in social media to find a diagnosis and what my role is in this area as a medical futurist. I hope you will like it!
I was very glad when Lucien Engelen announced my participation in the upcoming TEDxNijmegen as a speaker during the recent FutureMed. I will talk about the role of social media in the future of medicine and healthcare through my own story.
The next day, I’ll give a talk alongside Jack Andraka and Amy Robinson at UMC St Radboud.
I got an invitation to give a talk at TEDxNijmegen this April and I’m working on a brand new story. I cannot wait to be there!
On the April 8th Nijmegen will host its first ever TEDx event. It will take place in the City Theatre (Stadsschouwburg) at Keizer Karel Plein, Nijmegen from 9:00 till 18:00.
TEDxNijmegen is about life. It’s about what people encounter from conception until old age. About health and illness, caring and being cared for. It is about the race from the age of 0 to 110. Some 20 (inter)national speakers will take the spotlight.
As a geek, I’ve been playing video games since the age of 5 and when I was amazed when I saw the first surgeon simulator games back in 2008. A lot of skills of a surgeon can be acquired just by using the right games. Here is the proof:
This is an absolutely timely topic and I’ve just recently come across pretty relevant news and articles focusing on whether patients should get access to source codes and data provided by their implantable devices. A few examples:
Lawyer Karen Sandler’s heart condition means she needs a pacemaker-defibrillator to avoid sudden death, so she has one simple question: what software does it run?
Yet it turns out that it’s impossible for her to see and understand the technology that’s being installed into her own body and upon which her life depends. Regulatory authorities don’t see or review the software either.
What do we do with this incredible amount of health data?
That is a real challenge. We need new ways of finding our way through it. On the intersection between big data and narration is where we can really change healthcare for the better.
You want people to take control of their own health?
Only if they want to. If they want to but they can’t, we will teach them. If they want to but they can’t because there is no system or technology, we will build it for them. But if they don’t want to we will deliver healthcare in the regular way. Some people think it is one way or the other, but it’s not.
Check out the program of TEDxMaastricht: The Future of Health. And if you are not able to attend it personally, you can still watch the presentations via simulcast locations. And his TED talk: