TED Salon: Optum

Fresh thinking on how we can make a health system that works better for everyone.

  1. 11:15
    Andrew Bastawrous A new way to fund health care for the most vulnerable

    In 2011, eye surgeon and TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous developed a smartphone app that brings quality eye care to remote communities, helping people avoid losing their sight to curable or preventable conditions. Along the way, he noticed a problem: strict funding regulations meant that he could only operate on people with specific diseases, leaving many others without resources for treatment. In this passionate talk, Bastawrous calls for a new health care funding model that's flexible and ambitious — to deliver better health to everyone, whatever their needs are.

  2. 12:12
    Daniel Kraft The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home

    We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication, unveiling a prototype 3D printer that could design pills that adapt to our individual needs.

  3. 12:56
    Rebecca Onie What Americans agree on when it comes to health

    We may not be as deeply divided as we think — at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives — and asks both health care providers and patients to focus on what makes us healthy, not what makes us angry.

  4. 13:06
    Adrienne Boissy Can empathy help us heal health care?

    Health care is supposed to make us healthier — but patients and doctors in the US both suffer under the current system. Adrienne Boissy, Chief Experience Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, says the root cause is a lack of empathy. When delivered properly, empathy has been proven to improve health outcomes, such as helping to control high blood pressure and managing diabetes — and it might just be the great disruptor that healthcare needs to heal itself.

  5. 6:52
    Jessica Care Moore "Gratitude Is a Recipe for Survival"

    Poet, producer and artist Jessica Care Moore passionately performs her emotional, lyrical piece "Gratitude Is a Recipe for Survival," a condemnation of the flawed healthcare system and a raw confession of her family's struggle within it.

  6. 12:14
    Darshak Sanghavi How medical breakthroughs are really made

    The big "breakthrough" moments in healthcare often follow the same narrative: they give credit to the hero doctors and their revolutionary medical discoveries. Physician Darshak Sanghavi argues that this is a potentially life-threatening myth. The true secret to improving survival rates and quality of life for patients doesn't come from one-off breakthroughs, but small steps and hard work over time. To make a real change in health outcomes, we need a new narrative that celebrates the true heroes: teams.