TEDMED Will Hold First-Ever Great Challenges Day at GWU this April

On the afternoon of Friday, November 19th, on the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC, TEDMED will host its first-ever Great Challenges Day, a multi-disciplinary gathering of some 500 TEDMED Delegates including medical professionals, technology experts, policymakers, non-profit leaders, big business leaders and academics.

It’s the culmination of the first cycle of TEDMED’s first Great Challenges Program: A multi-disciplinary, crowd-sourced community effort to understand some of the most complex and persistent problems in health and medicine. Since April 2012, the TEDMED community has explored issues like the obesity crisis, medical errors and medical costs via social media, online at TEDMED.com, and via live online events.

The Science of Storytelling

Using tools from the emerging discipline of medical and scientific storytelling, participants will collaborate to better understand — and to better communicate — the complexities of some of health and medicine’s most complex and pressing challenges.

You must be a TEDMED 2013 Delegate to attend the Great Challenges Day. Click here for details on the Day, and here to apply for an invitation to TEDMED 2013.

Great Challenges: Live event Thursday, Dec. 20th at 2 PM ET to discuss managing chronic diseases better

The TEDMED Great Challenges Program will host another Google Hangout tomorrow at 2 pm ET. Multidisciplinary thought leaders will share their views and respond to viewer questions on the Managing Chronic Diseases Better.

Team members:

Viewers can watch the live video chat on TEDMED.com or on the TEDMED Google+ Page, and weigh on those pages or by following by submitting questions on Twitter @TEDMED, tag #GreatChallenges.

Great Challenges: Sharing ideas on how to cope with the obesity crisis

Can we come to terms with our national obesity crisis? And what can individuals, communities and governments do about it?

Six thought leaders on the topic responded to audience questions yesterday in one of a series of online live conversations. Watch it here:

Follow @TEDMED #greatchallenges on Twitter, our Facebook page and our Google Plus page for updates on when and how to join the next Great CHallenges live online event.

Great Challenges live online event Thursday: Can we manage our obesity crisis?


This week’s Great Challenge conversation: Can we manage our obesity crisis?

Join the Challenge Team at 1 PM EST on Thursday, December 6 to watch a Google+ Hangout, share your thoughts with other viewers, and ask questions of Team members that they’ll answer in real time.

They are:


James Zervios – Director of Communications, Obesity Action Coalition


John M. Auerbach – Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University


Christine Ferguson – Strategic Initiatives Advisor, STOP Obesity Alliance; Professor, The GWU School of Public Health and Health Services


Rebecca Puhl – Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University


Maya Rockeymoore PhD – President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions


Dan Callahan – Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus, Hastings Center


Scott Kahan, MD, MPH – Director, STOP Obesity Alliance


To get started, follow the TEDMED Google+ Page or @TEDMED #greatchallenges on Twitter.

Great Challenges: Experts discuss the Caregiving Crisis

Missed yesterday’s enlightening discussion by TEDMED Great Challenge experts on the caregiving crisis? Watch it here to get caught up on the latest thinking in the field.  Along with the TEDMED community online, the Caregiving Challenge Team talked of assessing the current and future numbers of caregivers, factors contributing to the Challenge, and family, healthcare, business and government interventions that have the potential to help patients and their caregivers.

Tune in to the TEDMED Google+ page or on TEDMED.com next Thursday at 2 pm EST for the next in our series of live online events, and follow us for updates @TEDMED #greatchallenges and on TEDMED’s Facebook page.

Join Thursday’s live conversation on the caregiving crisis

This Thursday, TEDMED is hosting the second live Great Challenges TEDMED Google hangout.  This weeks topic:  The caregiver crisis.

Join our caregiving Challenge Team leaders on Thursday at 2 PM ET. They are:

Peter Arno, PhD – Director, Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy, School of Health Science at Practice New York Medical College

Alan Blaustein – Founder, CarePlanners

Barry Jacobs, PsyD – Director of Behavioral Sciences, Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN – President & CEO, CMI; Executive Director, Case Management Society of America & National Transitions of Care Coalition

Carol Levine – Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund

Suzanne Geffen Mintz – CEO Emeritus and Co-founder, National Family Caregivers Association

Click here to Follow our Google+ page and to post questions in advance — we’ll be choosing a few to answer on-air.

If you weren’t able to make last week’s conversation on the changing role of the patient, you can watch it here.  See you Thursday!

Join the first Great Challenges live event on Nov. 15th

For the past two months, we’ve been holding an online conversation with industry, advocacy, and academic leaders — and the public — about health and medicine’s Great Challenges. Next week, we’re going live with our first Googe + Hangout.


Join to watch a moderated talk on The Role of the Patient: What are the opportunities, and the pitfalls, of greater patient engagement? Are patients fully aware of their options, and their rights?  Do doctors know that, and acknowledge it? How can both parties work more effectively with the tools now available, from online health information to electronic medical records?


A team of experts will discuss all this and more on Thursday, November 15th, from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm EST.  They are:

Ted Eytan
Director, The Permanente Federation, LLC at Kaiser Permanente
Theresa Brown
Oncology Nurse and New York Times Columnist
Amy Berman
Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Rebecca Burkholder
Vice President of Health Policy, National Consumers League
Alexandra Drane
Founder, Chief Visionary Officer and Chair of the Board, Eliza Corporation


To join, visit and Follow our Google + Page.


Click here to learn about the The Role of the Patient Challenge and its Team Leaders.


Health leaders respond to TEDMED’s Great Challenges

What do some of health and medicine’s leading thinkers have to say about our most pressing challenges?

Over the past month, we’ve hosted online conversations on the Great Challenges of Health and Medicine, which are particularly widespread, obstinate issues that demand varied points of view and creative approaches to address.

Readers have submitted questions and comments on the Challenges to leaders from industry and advocacy groups, and the first groups have responded via video, presentations, and artfully written answers — bringing their own creativity to the table. A sampling:

What are the top ten factors affecting the Caregiving Crisis?  Alan Blaustein, Founder of CarePlanners, responds (with help from a few small friends). And Joe Nadglowski, President of the Obesity Action Coalition, gives an example of a community-wide approach to fighting obesity.

Alexandra Drane, Founder, Chief Visionary Officer and Chair of the Board of Eliza Corporation, pursued a graphic approach while explaining top contributors to the changing Role of the Patient:

Speaking also to that Challenge, Ted Eytan, an MD and a director of Kaiser Permanente, tackled: “What are reasonable and unreasonable expectations of patient responsibility in the delivery of health care?” His answer:

I am not a fan of the idea that patients are reasonable or not reasonable. The health system is designed in service to patients and to society, so that they can be productive people, family, community members, and citizens. Therefore, whatever is in the scope of allowing them to be these people is reasonable.

Sometimes it’s a matter of understanding what’s capable, and as it is said, if two people have the same information, they are likely to come to the same conclusion. We should get at, and eliminate, information asymmetry so that in the end, everything is reasonable because everyone had the same ability to understand the world around them.


To see more, visit challenges.tedmed.com.

What makes a doctor-patient partnership flourish?

Both doctors and patients are seeing the value of well-informed patients. See below: As part of a video series filmed by Fenton at TEDMED 2012, Lisa Witter interviews James Merlino, Chief Experience Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, and Dave deBronkart, a patient activist, on why effective treatment starts with a solid doctor-patient partnership.

Yet, no one has trained either group on how to go about furthering that goal, and doctors have increasingly less time in which to counsel patients. How can we move forward? Improving Medical Communication is one of TEDMED’s Great Challenges in health and medicine. To learn more and discuss further, visit the Challenges website.

What does it take to get people to adopt healthy behaviors?

It’s the $8,402 question — health care expenditures per person in 2010, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation — Is it possible to positively influence personal health behaviors through environment, technology and monetary incentives?

As part of a video series filmed by Fenton at TEDMED 2012 and co-produced by Fenton and TEDMED, Lisa Witter talks with Scott Ratzan, Vice President of Global Health at Johnson & Johnson, and Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, about what kinds of wellness programs work best to promote wellness and disease prevention.

Have ideas of your own? To discuss inventing wellness programs that work with leaders in the health and medicine community, visit TEDMED’s Great Challenges website.