5 Inspirational TED Talks Every Healthcare Professional Must Watch

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Healthcare is a dynamic and constantly changing practice. The various ways medical professionals approach and treat diseases are evolving as quickly as ever, especially due to advances in biomedical technology. But it’s not just technological innovation that is revolutionizing the medical field – it’s the ideas from which these innovations are born. The future of medicine has been dictated by the men and women who dare to think outside the box. In this article, we will review the most inspirational, moving and innovative TED talks about medicine and healthcare.

Eric Dishman: Health Care Should Be A Team Sport

Eric Dishman is an outspoken healthcare researcher for Intel. He is studying how new technology can solve big problems within the healthcare system.
His fascination with medicine and healthcare derives from his own near death experience. When he was in college, doctors told him he had only a few years to live. Now, Dishman combines his experience and expertise as a medical tech specialist to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team.

Rebecca Onie: Can We Rewrite The DNA Of The Healthcare System?

Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, U.S. Ashoka Fellow, and member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation External Advisory Council. In this TED Talk she argues about her organization’s efforts to link social services to healthcare and ensuring that patients have the basic resources that enable them to heal.

Catherine Mohr: Surgery’s Past, Present and Robotic Future

Catherine Mohr is one of those people who changed their career in mid-life. She began her career as an engineer in developing alternative-energy vehicles and high-altitude aircraft. Her mid-career break: medical school, where she invented a brilliantly simple device, the LapCap, that makes laproscopic surgeries safer. Mohr now oversees the development of next-generation surgical robots and robotic procedures as the director of medical research at Intuitive Surgical Inc. where she’s the clinical design leader for the DaVinci Surgical Robotic system. She also works at Stanford’s School of Medicine where she studies simulation-based teaching methods to teach clinical skills to budding doctors.

In this innovative TED Talk, Mohr guides us through the history of surgery and talks about some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands.

Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing The Medical Data Explosion

Professor Anders Ynnerman received a Ph.D. in physics from Gothenburg University and studies the fundamental aspects of computer graphics and visualization.
Nowadays, medical scans produce thousands of images and terabytes of data for a single patient, but how do doctors pass this information and determine what’s useful? In this talk, Professor Ynnerman delivers advanced information on the latest technological breakthroughs in the field of medical imaging. The challenges of data collection and interpretation are also explored as new ways to gain an even deeper knowledge of patient injuries and diagnostics.

Aditi Shankardass: A Second Opinion on Developmental Disorders

Aditi Shankardass is a neuroscientist trained across three disciplines of the field: neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and neuropsychology. She is pioneering the use of EEG technology to give children with developmental disorders their most accurate diagnosis.
In this talk Shankardass challenges traditional approaches to diagnosing developmental disorders in children (typically by observing behavior) and suggests looking directly at the brain itself. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children’s lives. Together with a team of Harvard researchers, she developed and spearheaded an effort that focused on using EEG medical imaging technology to see what was going on inside the brains of children previously diagnosed with some type of mental disorder.

Author: Bianca Banova, writing for AIMS Education

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Vanessa Hoy
Vanessa Hoy

It is crazy how something like this can come to you at the exact right time.I have had some personal experience with what Eric Dishman is talking about this last year.My father, a very active 54 year old with IDDM, had a mild heart attack where he had some stents placed, back in September of 2012.I was amazed when he was discharge from the ICU after 36 hours with a list of 10 different medications that they place “everyone on, after a heart attack.”A couple of months after his heart attack he had a hypoglycemic event.The first he had had in 25 years of having IDDM.We found out that actually some of the medications he was on can mask signs of and cause hypoglycemia.This was never told to my father or I as we left the ICU after that 36 hrs.Instead of taking him off the medications after that event, the cardiology team, without coordinating care with his endocrinologist, decreased the medications.Four months later he had another hypoglycemic event where he was driving his car. He lost his life that day.

I hae been a nurse for 12 years and now I am in school to be an nurse practitioner and this video was an assignment for one of my classes.  It was like a breath of fresh air.  I want to be part of it and I really hope that this is the way healthcare will go in my lifetime.  Healthcare that is not "dependent on passive patients".  A time where people take control of their health.  Thanks so much!