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 23 2011: How about improving also our healthcare systems. According to World Health Organization - Medical Errors and Health Care Related Infections (are) Causing Majority Deaths

    http://www.frenchtribune.com/teneur/116302-medical-errors-and-health-care-related-infections-causing-majority-deaths-who
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      Jul 25 2011: It is a passion of mine to call attention to medical errors and get back to the basics in medicine which can be as simple as washing one's hands. I am horrified to see doctors in the United States underestimate the importance of preventing germ contamination from one patient to another. The idea that we can save 100,000 lives a year by preventing hospital mistakes is one reason why I was trilled to join the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA. The Institute follows the passion of Dr. Don Berwick and the concept that we can improve the health care of people worldwide - sometimes with simple changes and sometimes by rebuilding health networks and systems.
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        Jul 27 2011: Hurrah for Nancy on this one. I actually started a thread to draw attention to this issue here on TED.

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