TEDMED, the yearly health and medicine TED conference that convenes since 2009 is taking place this week, April 16-19th, at the J.F.Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The event has been increasingly turning into the world’s largest med conference, gathering some of the brightest, most forward-thinking health innovators of our time.

As is the case of disruption in most other industries, so is it in the health care industry, with the mobile and cloud technology being at the forefront of the data collection and management, along with robotics and other cool surgical innovations at the technical level.

The conference was marked by “SMARTPHONE PHYSICAL DEBUTS”, where attendees had a glimpse of a futuristic medical check-up by getting their vital signs measured via smartphones (blood pressure, lung function measurement, etc.), in a setup named by the organizers as the “Exam Room of the Future”. As per one of the test takers at the conference,  “You can see exactly what the doctor saw.” TEDMED DEBUT 2013

FOR MORE DETAILS on the speakers, talks, and updates, you can follow the TEDMED Blog.

An interesting and thought-triggering part of the event was the question that the Delegates (attendees) were asked to answer as they registered:  “In exactly six words, tell us your hopes for the future of health and medicine”. 

The conversation has been extended to the social media sphere, where tweets like #TEDMED have been displaying people’s answers to the question above.

Here is a storified summary of the tweets. And here were my tweeted thoughts:

1- A preventive chip inside my body that alerts me about near potential sickness.

2- Buildings and malls that charge a toll on taking the elevators (except for disabled).

3- Charging people for being overweight for no explained physiological reasons.

4- Making the public health profession as legit as the healthcare field. Prevention is not a joke.

I would also add here:

5- A fully patient-centered care, facilitated by empowered patients through community education and case management follow-up. In other terms, patients and communities of experts of their own health.

6- Health education at schools as part of a ‘fitness and happiness’ track that is so far inexistent in our schools (like many other indispensable tracks).

A colleague’s answer from the public health field was :breaking down the silos within healthcare, public health system, and everyone else & PHRs!” @VBass

What is your vision for the future of our health and healthcare?