Eric Dishman does health care research for Intel — studying how new technology can solve big problems in the system for the sick, the aging and, well, all of us.

When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care — by putting the patient at the centre of a treatment team.

The idea of hospitals was invented in 1780, according to Dishman, which means it’s time to update our thinking. Hospitals are unsafe places, they gather very ill people and today there are serious problems with multi-resistant bacteria. Furthermore, hospitals and medical complexes are very expensive.

The keywords for the future of healthcare are “care anywhere” with the help of new disruptive technologies; “care networking,” where smart teams work together and where coaching and self-care are central ingredients. Last but not least, Dishman talks about “care customization” which means individual care, the central component to making lasting and meaningful change.

The mixture of new technology, networking hospital teams and an active patient who is taking control over his/her health condition will be fundamental keys to evolve healthcare.

See the entire TED talk here.


Text: Cross Solutions

Image: TED Conferences, LLC

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