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 26 2011: Good afternoon, TED community. I wanted to share with you all something exciting happening with GE in the healthcare space. Today in New York City, we are hosting our first-ever Health Gaming Summit. It is a deep dive into how social gaming, personal tech and mobile devices can catalyze innovative behavior change and foster greater engagement for everyone. Our summit brings together thought leaders in personalized healthcare, sensor and mobile technology -- the leading minds among policymakers, entrepreneurs and technology developers. The event features a talent roster of pioneers in the space including Ben Sawyer, the co-founder of Digitalmill, John de Souza, CEO and President of MedHelp International, Inc. and medhelp.org and Steven Wardell, Vice President of Marketing at Mednetworks, Inc.

    Gaming is re-shaping the healthcare space as we know it – from academia to the way we consume personal health data. We are beginning to see a trend in marrying data with everyday products, allowing us to gather information seamlessly, without disrupting our lifestyle. With these advances in technology, we can actually make patients smarter. This is where it gets exciting. As patients become better armed with information through technology, we will see the patient/doctor relationship evolve into something more meaningful and efficient. Our goal for today’s summit is to explore this new space, to discover new ways to effect change through personal technology and to play our part within this healthcare revolution.
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      Jul 27 2011: Hi Michael, for further insights into gaming and its potential for use in your field I recommend the following book that I am reading and loving.

      Supercooperators : altruism, evolution, and why we need each other to succeed

      Martin A. Nowak, with Roger Highfield.

      Nowak is a mathematician working in the field of evolutionary biology and he studies game theory especially Prisoner's Dilema. He demondrates many applications.
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        Jul 28 2011: Thank you so much for the book suggestion, Debra. I'll have to pick this up and see what I can learn from it. I welcome any other book suggestions you might have.

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