Watch Jay Walker at Social Media Week tomorrow

Poor health choices have left many of us unhealthy and led our healthcare system to the brink of collapse. How can we help ourselves make better decisions? And how will that collectively revolutionize healthcare? TEDMED’S curator, Jay Walker, delivers the keynote address on this question and more at the Social Media Week Health and Wellness Hub this Thursday, 2/16 at 9amET. Login to watch a live stream of the event.

Following his address, Jay will hold his first-ever live Twitter Q&A session at 2pmET on Feb. 16th, answering questions about his talk, TEDMED, and whatever strikes your fancy.

Follow us at @TEDMED, submit questions in advance, and join us at #askTEDMED for this special event.

Announcing the Front-Line Scholarships program

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin speaks at TEDMED 2011.

Are you an innovator or a leader on the front lines of health and medicine? Work for a start-up or a non-profit? In medical school?

What makes TEDMED unique is our diverse mix of Delegates, each with something vital to add to new ideas, trends, treatments and technologies in health and medicine. However, some great candidates may need help to attend. TEDMED’s Patron Fund supports exceptional individuals who would be outstanding additions to our group of Delegates and who would significantly benefit from attending TEDMED.

If that’s you, apply today.  The deadline for all applications is March 25th. Full and half-scholarships will be offered — more half than full, to allow as many folks to attend as possible.  Scholarships do not cover travel and expenses.

Good luck, and we hope to meet you in April!

Twitter Q&A with Jay Walker Feb. 16: The power of mental models

Why do so many of us make bad personal health choices? And why has this led to us collectively adding to our burden of challenges as we face the future of health and medicine? Why can’t we accelerate urgently needed progress in health and medicine?

The good news is that we’re on the cusp of change, big change – with the help of serious imagination, overwhelming consumer demand and the inevitable rocket boost of technology-driven innovation.

Curious? Jay Walker, Curator of TEDMED, will cover these topics and more at his Social Media Week keynote at the Health and Wellness Hub in NYC. Following his talk, Jay will host a live Twitter Q&A on February 16 at 2pmET.

Jay will answer questions about the coming upshift from slow “medspeed” to blindingly fast “techspeed,” the consumer-driven healthcare revolution, and any other questions you might have. Be part of the fascinating, groundbreaking conversation, as it happens!

How do you participate? Follow @TEDMED and submit your questions now ahead of time, and at 2pmET at February 16, with the hashtag #askTEDMED.

See you next Thursday at 2pmET.

Five TEDMED 2012 speakers announced today

Five new folks are joining our stellar lineup for this April. They are:

Frances Arnold
Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
Why should we engineer for uncertainty?

Elizabeth Bonker and Virginia Breen

Elizabeth Bonker with Virginia Breen
Author, Poet, Aspiring Doctor
When you finally find your voice, what do you most want to say?

Ivan Oransky
Executive Editor of Reuters Health
Is the “disease model” sick – or just exhausted?

Seth Cooper
Creative Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
Why is my joystick smarter than your stethoscope?


Ben Goldacre
Best-selling author, broadcaster
Where’s the rest of the data iceberg?

More to come soon!