Eric Dishman does health care research for Intel — studying how new technology can solve big problems in the system for the sick, the aging and, well, all of us.

Why you should listen

Eric Dishman is an Intel Fellow and general manager of Intel's Health Strategy & Solutions Group. He founded the product research and innovation team responsible for driving Intel’s worldwide healthcare research, new product innovation, strategic planning, and health policy and standards activities.

Dishman is recognized globally for driving healthcare reform through home and community-based technologies and services, with a focus on enabling independent living for seniors. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post and Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal named him one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement.” He has delivered keynotes on independent living for events such as the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the IAHSA International Conference and the National Governors Association. He has published numerous articles on independent living technologies and co-authored government reports on health information technologies and health reform.

He has co-founded organizations devoted to advancing independent living, including the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre, the Center for Aging Services Technologies, the Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care program, and the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology.

What others say

“'All of health care is based on one idea from the 1850s,' says social scientist Eric Dishman, Intel's director of health innovation. 'That it has to be delivered in a face-to-face setting.' His research on aging is behind evolving systems to provide more effective home care. His goal is to enable 50% of care in the U.S. to be delivered in the home by 2020.” — Fast Company

Eric Dishman’s TED talks

Eric Dishman on the TED Blog

Quotes from Eric Dishman

Computing used to be an expert-driven system; it [became] a personal system that we all owned as part of our daily lives. That shift from mainframe to personal computing is what we have to do for health care.
Eric Dishman
TEDMED 2009 • 336K views Mar 2010
Persuasive, Informative
Health care is treating us as averages, not unique individuals, [but] at the end of the day, the patient is not the same thing as the population.
Eric Dishman
TED@Intel • 587K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Persuasive