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.

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.

Jay Walker to speak at Social Media Week

Jay Walker at TEDMED 2011.
On February 16, TEDMED chairman and curator Jay Walker will talk at Social Media Week in New York, on a topic critical to our personal health: Why do we not always do what’s best for us?

Over our lifetimes, every American makes millions of “micro-choices” that impact our health, from having that second cup of coffee (or not) to which doctor’s advice to follow. Unfortunately, our collective choices are making many of us sicker and driving our healthcare system toward bankruptcy.

How can we all make better health decisions that lead to better outcomes? It turns out that we all have “mental models” in our heads that guide our decision-making processes, often unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of our mental models are just plain dysfunctional.

Jay will talk about how Americans can effortlessly develop better mental models, for our own health and that of the country.

Click here for more info. We hope to see you there!