Innovation Is the Star @ TEDMED

It’s Wednesday evening, Stacy Lewis, YSC’s chief program officer and deputy chief executive, and I just completed the fifth session of TEDMED 2013, and we are halfway through the conference. There are over 1,800 people in attendance from what seems like every genre of medicine and technology, and we fit perfectly somewhere in the middle.

5 steps towards participatory medicine from Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH & the ninth Chancellor of the University of California at TEDMED today.

5 steps towards participatory medicine from Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH & the ninth Chancellor of the University of California at TEDMED today.

Stacy and I received frontline scholarships to attend and have met fascinating people, which has driven discussions outside our normal thinking — exactly the point of being here.

The sessions have tried tackling big data, translating the untranslatable, shifting the patterns of power and mixing the common models we are using in the medical world. So far, the conference is grounded in networking and meeting people outside of your normal space. The culture is driven by strangers shaking hands with everyone they can to enhance their business and increase innovation.

My two favorite speakers from today were Zubin Damania (also known as “Z-DOG MD”) the director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, and Peter Attia who is the founder and President of Nutrition Science Initiative. Both men were incredible speakers — the type where you hang on their every word and feel saddened when their 20 TED minutes are over.

If you’d like to follow the conversation and learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, here are some some sites that can keep you updated through the end of the conference tomorrow:

TEDMED 2013 website

TEDMED Facebook page

#TEDMED Twitter Feed

Real-time feed: http://www.tedmedlive.tv/
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I am looking forward to the next two days and interacting with all of the people I still have to meet. More to come …

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