TED Conversations

Closing Statement from Michael J. Barber, VP, GE Healthymagination

Well, TED community, now that our conversation has come to a close, I’d like to thank you all for sharing your thought-provoking questions and insightful ideas on patient behavior. I also want to thank Dr. Nancy Snyderman for participating and for bringing her valuable medical perspective to our discussion.

Over the course of the conversation, some key takeaways for me included:

+ It takes time to drive real change in community healthcare systems but it is worth the effort to increase access, decrease costs and improve the quality of healthcare.

+ Being smart and honest with our healthcare providers goes a long way no matter which country we live in.

+ We can save 100,000 lives a year by preventing hospital errors.

+ Learning about health early in life and developing good habits can have a big impact on our healthcare system in the future.

+ As patients become better armed with information through technology, we will see the patient/doctor relationship evolve into something more meaningful and efficient.

+ If good health is a priority in the workspace, these habits will translate into the home.

This has been a great first experience with TED Conversations for me and I hope to meet you all in the digital healthcare space again soon.

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    Jul 20 2011: Great questions, I like to imagine the the human brain works somewhat off a scale of importance. Everyone knows that if you dont do your taxes you'll have an IRS agent banging on your door and possibly take everything you own but if your doctor wants you to come in and get a prostate exam and you dont, its not like he's going to go and pound on your door to drag you into the doctors office.

    it's a sad thought to think that people are more scared of the IRS than they are of dying. if the persons condition isn't physyicaly or mentally effecting them they are more prone to hold it off untill they are sick, weather or not they could have prevented it from occuring in the first place. out of sight out of mind.

    On a near by reservation there are a large number of deaths caused by strokes and heartattacks and beacause of that they put up billboard signs listing the causes, symptons, and preventatives of strokes and heartattacks. that apparently has not only made people more aware of whats going on but also help drive the number of deaths down considerably.

    To help make people aware and get screenings done I think that it more depends on the demographic your in, billboards may work for us in between our rural communities but TV commercials may be better in other places.

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