Thomas Goetz Its time to redesign medical data

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Thomas Goetz: It’s time to redesign medical dataAbout this talk


Your medical chart: it’s hard to access, impossible to read — and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it. At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it.About the speaker

Thomas Goetz is the executive editor of Wired, where, he says, “My job is to help steer the ship and oversee all editorial efforts. Informally, you could say my job is to be a trend spotter or zeitgeist watcher.” After a decade as a writer and journalist, he went back to school to get a Master’s of Public Health from UC Berkeley, informing his coverage of medicine, technology and public policy. In 2010 he published The Decision Tree, a fascinating look at modern medical decisionmaking and technology. Former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler calls the book “a game changer,” and Dr. Dean Ornish says that Goetz “writes more clearly and presciently about the future of healthcare than anyone on the planet.”

“Public health is an incredibly broad field, covering everything from global health to community health to Medicare to pharmaceuticals. Generally, I use it as a tool to frame the contexts of health and medicine: how can we deliver healthcare to our citizens to create the maximum amount of health and happiness?”