SXSW Interactive Panel Picker: Voting Begins Today

Elon Musk interviewed by Chris Anderson in 2013 (Photo by Sean Mathis, Getty Images)

The voting period will last from August 19 through September 6. I have teamed up with a great group of individuals to propose: Minorities in Health Tech: A How-to Workshop. It is designed as an insider’s guide to the unique aspects of the health innovation sector. Ivor Horn, MD MPH, Kimberly Bryant, and Damon Davis, MBA will … Continue reading

Datapalooza Showcases Tools for the Autonomous Patient

After attending my first Health Data Initiative Forum, more affectionately know as Datapalooza I am both excited and overwhelmed at all of the technology applications in the pipeline to help address the problems facing health care. I will briefly highlight 5 solutions that really opened my eyes to new ways of managing old challenges. The consumer-focused designs of these applications can provide us with tools to take control of our health and healthcare.

#HAWMC: Stream of Consciousness After TEDMED Day #3

After two extremely packed days at the TEDMED conference and absence from this series, today’s post continues the month-long series called the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) created by WEGO Health.  Today’s writing prompt: Stream of Consciousness Day. Start with the sentence “_______”just write, don’t stop, don’t edit. Post! It’s been two awe-inspiring days of TEDMED2012 … Continue reading

TEDMED2012…Let’s Caucus

TEDMED Great Challenges program

Perhaps it is apropos that at the same time TEDMED chooses to move its conference east to Washington, D.C. it also adopts delegates over attendees and will debut 50 Great Challenges in health & medicine each of which has its own Challenge Advocate to lobby the vote of delegate in hopes of being selected into the final 20 Great Challenges. This might all feel vaguely familiar. Reminding you perhaps of the political conventions of old when presidential front-runners didn’t have their delegates wrapped-up ahead of time. Forgive me, for I digress. The Great Challenges initiative is an innovative way to bring interdisciplinary contributions to some of the most important problems of our time. I feel honored, as a delegate to be voting to narrow the focus down to twenty and appreciate the opportunity to meet and speak with several Challenge Advocates who might better inform my decisions. For better or worse, D.C. and lobbying go hand-in-hand. Thank-you TEDMED for bringing us more lobbying for good.

Got the Blues? Get Screened Online to Be Sure It’s Not Something More Serious


GOT THE BLUES? OR IS IT DEPRESSION? Ever feel like you are the only one who is sad in a world of happy people? Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time – it’s part of life. These feelings often happen when you a lose a job, children move away from home, during divorce, with a death in the family, or during retirement. But when changes in mood and behavior interfere with your ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities, it could be a sign of depression.

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