Compassion for Care ook op podium TEDxMaastricht

17 January 2011

TEDxMaastricht Nurses & Nerds

4 april 2011, Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht

More than 80% of people consult ‘Doctor Google’ before they visit their general practitioner. In the Netherlands alone there are more than 20.000 blogs with patients’ experiences. Patients are better informed and better organised than ever. Because of this patients get more and more involved in their own treatment. But are healthcare professionals ready for active participation of patients, family and caregivers? That is the central question at TEDxMaastricht Nurses and Nerds: the first TEDx event about healthcare. And the answer to that question is ‘no’..

The future of health care
What do we need to make sure that the world of health care is ready in for example 2025? In what way do doctors have to work differently? Can medical information be freely accessible for everyone? Why is compassion an essential part of the future of health care? Does the patient have their own responsibilities? Is there a difference between the online and the offline world? Is education adequate enough? All these questions will be addressed at TEDxMaastricht Nurses & Nerds:. Unconventional movers and shakers from the realms of Technology, Entertainment, Design, Health Care, Science, Business and art will share their ideas about the future of health care. Among the speakers are, among others: E‐Patient Dave, Fred Lee, Wolter Mooi, Thomas Power, Luciano Floridi and Frans Hiddema. The 900 seats in this magnificent theatre will be filled by people from all over Europe; from ministers to reception workers.

“Since 1984 TED excels at giving a stage to inspiring people from the realms of Technology, Entertainment and Design. I am proud that from Maastricht we can add the capital letter ‘H’ for Health to that. Jim Stolze – licensee TEDxAmsterdam and TEDxMaastricht

Ideas worth spreading
TED stands for Technology Entertainment Design and has started in 1984 in the USA as a platform for ideas from these three realms. Since then it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with speakers like Bill Clinton, Oliver Sacks and Graig Venter that have shared the stage. With ‘ideas worth spreading’ the TEDx programme has started. TEDx stands for independently organised events where people come together to share a TED-like experience. Many say that attending a TED event is equal to witnessing the World Cup finale or the Oscars.

“With the challenges in health care that we have to face like cost explosions, labour market issues and patient participation you want to give everyone ‘a giant pill of inspiration’ so that old ideas are picked up again and new ones are born.” Lucien Engelen UMC St Radboud – initiator and curator TEDxMaastricht

TEDxMaastricht is an initiative of UMC St Radboud.
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