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Posts from the ‘Ted Talks’ Category

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.

Reinventing Physicians: TED Talk

Dr. Jeff Benabio about reinventing physicians in the 21st century.

For over five years, Dr. Jeff Benabio has been using social media channels to help patients learn about skin health and disease and to help doctors learn about engaging patients more effectively. In his practice Dr. Benabio uses disruptive tools such as telemedicine and mobile devices to improve patient access and reduce medical costs. In his talk he’ll show us how we’re re-inventing medicine with Twitter and Facebook, and why it’s the best thing to happen to medicine since vaccines.

A prosthetic eye to treat blindness: TED Talk

Another interesting TED talk again, this time about prosthetic eyes that could treat blindness.

At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science

A new TED talk was just published, a perfect video for Saturday:

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

From self-reported Patient Data to Mobile predictions

  • TEDxOverlake – Dr. H. Jack West – Self-Educated Patients and The Future of Cancer Care

“Don’t believe those that say you can’t measure the return on investment (ROI) of digital and social media programs – if you can’t measure it you shouldn’t be doing it…”

He said some GPs already offer consultations via Skype and may interest many others. ‘Then I find myself thinking that’s the sort of thing that will appeal to some people. It would appeal to me,’ he said. He argued it would be much more convenient for patients and GPs.

The Internet was reported to be the second source of health information after physicians, due to its accessibility and “easiness” of use. The most commonly searched types of online health information are treatment/therapy (62% rated it as always or often), detailed (58%) and general (53%) disease descriptions, drug information (51%), side effects (51%) and scientific articles (50%).

Everyday we find PLoS ONE papers in the news. Whether it’s a science blogger in the United Kingdom, an online newspaper in China, or a national news channel in the United States, we see a lot of media coverage on our research articles.  In an effort to better track the coverage these papers receive, we’ve begun a Media Tracking Project.

Online patient communities structured around quantitative outcome data have the potential to provide an observational environment to monitor such drug usage and its consequences. Here we describe an analysis of data reported on the website PatientsLikeMe by patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who experimented with lithium carbonate treatment.

What happens after your final status update: TED talk

Adam Ostrow has recently talked about what happens when someone with an online presence dies.

Many of us have a social media presence — a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you’ve died? Could it … live on?

Synthetic Life: Craig Venter TED Talk

TEDMED just released the presentation of Craig J. Venter, the father of the human genome project and other interesting initiatives including the race for the synthetic life.


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