Take charge of your health
BY MAITE GRISARD
If you don’t know about TED Talks, now is a good time to check it out: http://www.ted.com. This wonderful initiative organises various thematic conferences inviting people who have something to say about their specific field.
For us at Andaman7, our favorite talks are of course about healthcare. And, lucky for us, TED provides us with bundles of smart people talking about how they are changing the world. Below is the link to a particularly inspiring package:
You may be the patient. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be an active participant in getting the best possible care…www.ted.com
I strongly recommend watching them all but here are my thoughts on 3 of them:
Healthcare Professionals are not Gods, they are not omniscient, and to make an accurate diagnosis, they need as much data as possible. Help never hurts either. As patients, the more data we provide to the doctor, the more chances we have not to go through the usual system and predefined loop that may drastically slow down the right diagnosis. As Talithia says it, you are an expert on your own body! So share that expertise with your doctor! Help him understand the why and the how.
The why and the how you got sick can be very difficult to point out as your symptoms might come from all kinds of places… Because doctors only have little time with their patient, they are forced to become some sort of a statistician, trying to predict what caused your problem based on the little you just said (don’t forget to share your expertise in yourself) and what others experiencing the same pain have had. This talk demonstrates the importance of getting out of the healthcare habits and find causes to health consequences upstream: where the patient has been and what his environment looks like.
Rishi Manchanda and his upstreamers dig further to find causes of symptoms outside the body and within the direct environment of the patient. Paula Johnson talks about digging deeper within the body, to a cellular level: because XX chromosomes are NOT the same as XY chromosomes, they act differently. Yet why are they treated the same way? How do we actually expect them to react the same way? With more than 50% of the world population being females… how are we still considering them a minority and treating them as male adjacent?
So many worlds to change and learn from! Using our Synchronized Health Records, we hope to help transform healthcare and give these 3 amazing speakers and their peers the right tool to make their vision happen.
What about you? Which of these talks moved you the most? How would you transform healthcare? What world did you chose to try and change for the better?