Time for inspiration. Time for a TED Talk.

Jobs in Healthcare can be hard work. Being a clinician can be tough at times. I love my job and what I do, but every now and then I need a little inspiration. Something to help get fired up, refuel the passion and spark some creativity. I have a special source that I want to share with you that is guaranteed to stimulate the mind and spur on the innovator in all of us…. It’s called TED.

TED is a non-profit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading.’ It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.  Hence, the name TED. TED conferences showcase the world's most fascinating thinkers and ‘doers’, who are challenged to give the talk of their life in 18 minutes or less.

The first ever TED talk I watched was by Eric Dishman. At the time we were piloting a mobile working app. I was doing a lot of reading about using mobile devices and health apps.  In Eric’s talk ‘Health care should be a team sport’ he speaks about his kidney transplant experience. He gives a real example of how mobile healthcare can move us towards a personalisation model of care by carrying out a mobile ultrasound on stage and having a virtual consultation with his surgeon. It was 16 minutes that just blew my mind!

Eric is a social scientist and specialises in healthcare research – studying how technology can solve problems. He is recognised globally for driving healthcare reforms through home and community based technologies and services. His passion is advocating the need to shift from a mainframe healthcare system to a personalised approach.

You can watch TED Talks from the website:https://www.ted.com/talks

There is a free TED app that can be downloaded from either the Apple or Android play store. You don’t have to be online to watch the talks. You can download them onto your mobile device. I do this often when I have a long trip coming up or to fill in time while on public transport.

You can also follow the TED community on Twitter @TEDTalks @TEDMED

Here are some of my favourite TED talks that being together healthcare and technology - Enjoy!




Daniel Kraft

Next steps in health and medicine – Where can technology take us?


Eric Topol

The wireless future of medicine




Talithia Williams

 Own your body’s data



Lucien Engelen

Crowdsource your health



Dave deBronkart

Meet e-Patient Dave



Daniel Kraft

Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that



Eric Dishman

Healthcare should be a team sport



Gary Wolf

The quantified self



Catherine Mohr

Surgery’s past, present and robotic future




Chieko Asakwa

How new technology helps blind people explore the world



Lee Cronin

Print your own medicine





If you have a favourite talk please share.


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