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What Will We Find at TEDMED 2013?

Posted on April 10, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Despite my vow to travel less after the back to back HIMSS-SXSW journey, next week I’ll be spending a week in DC at the famous TEDMED conference. I was invited to attend TEDMED as a guest of Xerox and I honestly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of what I hear is a really valuable and special experience.

Many might wonder why Xerox is so involved in TEDMED. Despite Xerox’s amazing branding as a copier company, Xerox has a very large presence in healthcare. Take a look at a few of these Xerox numbers:

  • 900+ Million healthcare claims processed per year
  • 22+ Thousand employees dedicated to healthcare
  • 1700+ Hospitals Served
  • 36 Million people served by government health services
  • 100 percent of the top ten BCBS organizations are clients
  • 2/3 of U.S. insured patients are touched by Xerox services

With that type of healthcare portfolio, my only surprise is that we haven’t talked about Xerox in healthcare a lot more. As I’ve learned more about Xerox’s work in healthcare, I absolutely love their approach of trying to simplify healthcare. I’m hopeful to see many talks around this at TEDMED since far too many things in healthcare have been made to complicated.

It will be nice to attend TEDMED where I have zero meetings set up and plan to just experience the event as it was intended. A quick look at the TEDMED schedule and speakers shows an amazing variety of speakers across the spectrum of healthcare. Trying to pick out one speaker or session that excites me most would be like trying to name a favorite movie or book. I expect that the most powerful thing won’t be an individual talk, but the experience as a whole.

If you’re planning to attend TEDMED, I always love to meet readers of my site. So, come up and say Hi. For those following back at home, I’ll be live tweeting from the event using the #SimpleHealth hashtag and will no doubt be doing a number of blog posts about the experience and things I learn.

If you’ve never heard of TEDMED, check out a couple TEDMED 2012 talks that I enjoyed:
David Blaine on Why will I talk for only 17min 4.4 seconds?

Ali Ansary on So technology is a crutch…you got a problem with that?

Read more coverage from TEDMED from Xerox on the Real Business at Xerox blog and follow @XeroxHealthcare.

Fujitsu Smartphone to Measure Vitals

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

There’s a revolution in health sensors that are coming to the smartphone world. This was first seen when the Samsung phones decided to include sensors to measure the temperature and humidity of your location.

It looks like Fujitsu is ready to launch a new smartphone that measures your vital health information using you smartphone camera. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

[Fujitsu] have just announced plan to begin including health tracking technology into their future smartphones. This tech would be able to figure out your heart rate just by looking at your face. Basically, you stick your mug in front of the camera and the phone does the rest. How in the world does it do this? Subtle changes in facial blood flow are not detectable by the human eye but are able to be seen by computers. Lo and behold, smartphones are actually computers.

I first saw this technology in action at the Connected Health Summit in Boston a couple years ago. It’s really amazing monitoring technology using just your smartphone camera. It’s a beautiful thing since you don’t need a wristband, armband, clip on, etc. You just need the smartphone that you’re carrying around already.

I wonder if this monitoring technology is just an app that can work with almost any hardware or if it will need a specific camera to work right. It would be great if it’s just an app, because then this could work for any smartphone.