In previous articles, we talked about great books and podcasts to check out if you’re passionate about healthcare and wanted to learn some new things about the subject. In this article, we’re going to cover something similar — TED Talks. TED Talks are typically used to inspire and educate individuals, covering a variety of topics and being done by prominent professionals from every field imaginable. Healthcare is no stranger to these TED Talks and you’re bound to find loads of great ones discussing problems in healthcare, new research being done, and so much more . Here are a few of the best TED Talks to check out on healthcare right now.
The Danger of Science Denial — Michael Specter
Journalist Michael Specter discussed the alarming rise of fear in the public regarding various aspects of science, including authority, institutions, and even the scientific process. He argued that this epidemic is dangerous and understandable, but we must still accept it in order to avoid going down a path where science and evidence are replaced by magic and belief. According to him, we have never needed progress in science like we do today, and when people start to lose faith in the scientific process, they end up in a place where they don’t want to be.
A Doctor’s Touch — Abraham Verghese
According to Abraham Verghese, a physician, the human hand can touch and treat patients in a way that’s both comforting and effective. He believes that doctors should stop short-changing their patients when it comes to the physical exam, as it can leave them feeling like they’re missing out on something. Healthcare providers need to remind their patients that they are there for them and that their patients are more than just a number that they plug into a computer.
What Doctors Can Learn from Each Other — Stefan Larsson
According to Stefan Larsson, a healthcare advocate, the focus on cost-cutting has led to the forgetting of the patient. He believes that the key to improving the quality of healthcare is by identifying the individuals who can make a difference in improving the system, namely the doctors and nurses themselves. He discusses how transparency in the healthcare industry creates opportunities for continuous improvement, and that by focusing on quality we can make a true change in healthcare.
Medicine’s Future? There’s an App for That — Daniel Kraft
Daniel Kraft, a scientist, and physician discussed the increasing trend in medicine toward becoming faster, smaller, and better. He talked about the technological advancements that are being made in the field and how they will allow us to improve the quality of healthcare and empower the patient. He also talked about the various apps that will allow us to enhance the wellness of our patients by empowering them and hopefully curing them before they ever become sick.