Sunday, April 15, 2012

TEDMED in Washington, DC

TEDMED, the health and medical focused subset of the highly successful TED series of talks and lectures, was held here in Washington, DC, this past week. Children’s National broadcasted all the sessions live in our auditorium. It was an exciting opportunity for us, because we were able to bring these health innovation talks directly to our employees. You can read about the meeting via Twitter at #TEDMED and @TEDMED.

When Dr. Kurt Newman, our President and CEO, welcomed guests who gathered at Children’s National to view the opening session of TEDMED on Tuesday night, he connected the purpose of TEDMED to the mission of Children’s National. “We’ve been thinking bigger and thinking differently about how we can improve children’s health, to push the bounds of what we can do….We aren’t just focusing on treating sick kids, but we want to lead, prevent, and teach people how to be healthy.” See here and here for some examples.

As they intend to, the sessions are leading to much discussion throughout the hospital about how the ideas presented can help us grow our innovative thinking into new and better ways to care for children.

Many official medical and technology bloggers were liveblogging and summarizing each day’s events. Here are a few links to keep you up to speed.