Price, Quality and Desire in Healthcare

If you’ve had the opportunity to watch some sessions from TEDMED 2012, then you may have seen Dr. Jon Cohen, CMO of Quest Diagnostics, speak during today’s session 8. His entire talk came from a personal experience with his father choosing a surgeon based on the fact that said surgeon provided donuts for his waiting patients. Dr. Cohen explained why consumer-based healthcare is not working, making some comparisons between the different levels of price, quality and desire. Please note that this does not, in any way, try to insult Dr. Cohen’s theory, and I may be the outlier here, but I respectfully disagree with some of the statements made during his TED talk.  Continue reading…

TED Simulcasts: Like 1984, except GOOD!

Over the past couple of weeks, I had the pleasure of attending not one, but two TEDx streaming events: one was the TEDxChange hosted at University of San Diego by the Changemaker Hub, the other being a streaming of TEDMED 2012, put on by the fabulous ladies and gents of TEDxAFC. Now I’ve been a TED follower for quite a few years, but these two TEDx events were the first time I actually made contact with the TED community outside of the computer screen (yes, I may be young, but I don’t need a computer to socialize). For those who don’t know, the whole TEDx movement is quite young, being an extension of the TED conferences held worldwide. TEDx is a chance for local communities to come together, share ideas, contribute thought and make positive change happen. Continue reading…