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Posts from the ‘Ted Talks’ Category

A universal translator for surgeons?

Steven Schwaitzberg had a great TED talk about developing a technology which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator while teaching laparoscopic surgery.

What are the Goals of the World?

Jamie Drummond crowdsourced it in the newest TED talk.

Bonus: Curesourcing: A Guide for Physicians and Medical Students

Surgeons and Gaming: TED Talk

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:

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table (TED2012)

Amazing solution for teaching medical students about the human anatomy on a multi-touch screen. I wish I had this in medical school when I had to study anatomy from books.

Should patients access data of medical devices or softwares?

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:

Hugo Campos has a small computer buried in his chest to help keep him alive. But he has no idea what it says about his faulty heart.

All the raw data it collects, especially any erratic rhythms it controls with shocks, goes directly to the manufacturer. And some of it later gets sent to his doctor.

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.

My two cents here? They DO have access to any kind of data related to their health. But what do you think?

TEDxMaastricht: The Future of Health

Lucien Engelen,  director of the Radboud REshape & Innovation Centre at Radboud University Nijmegen medical centre in the Netherlands and also organizer of TEDxMaastricht “The Future of Health” on 2 April has recently given an interview about his TED talk to the Guardian. An excerpt:

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:

Lucien Engelen: Crowdsource your health

A TEDx talk from my friend, Lucien Engelen, who described an amazing area, crowdsourcing in medicine through social media.


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