Health Innovation Week: Takeaways from Mayo Transform and TEDMED

Steelcase Health completed a whirlwind week earlier this month that included three cities, thousands of airline miles, nearly 100 inspiring and profound presentations, and a confirmation that health, wellbeing, and the patient experience are increasingly integral parts of healthcare. We dubbed it “Health Innovation Week” and it certainly lived up to its billing.

Our participation and support of the two conferences was highlighted in an article by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, “Steelcase works to design health care’s future: Emphasis is more on health than on care“:

The world’s best and brightest in medicine are plotting the future of health care from the comfort of Steelcase furniture. The Steelcase Health brand has once again designed, curated and furnished spaces for the TEDMED and Mayo Transform conferences.

The health-care industry is changing dramatically, and Steelcase Health is working to provide solutions for the changing landscape.

“I think you are seeing this huge shift from an illness system where we are just treating people who are already sick, to much more of a wellness health-care system,” said Jason Vanderground, manager of global communications for Steelcase. “There has been a lot of talk this week that health and health care are not necessarily the same thing. Health is something that is much bigger than just the health-care system.”

Vanderground continued: “If we really focus on the people involved in health care, designing for the patients, family and clinicians involved, and if we can find new ways of humanizing the health care experience, we believe that will help lead to better outcomes and more satisfaction.

”If you missed any or all of the talks, good news – it’s not too late! We strongly encourage you to scroll through the list of speakers and see if you can find one that interests you from Transform 2014 and TEDMED 2014.

Recommended talks from Mayo Transform:

  • Mark T. Bertolini – Bertolini is the chairman, CEO and president of Aetna Inc., a Fortune 100 diversified health care benefits company serving approximately 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better-informed decisions about their health care.
  • Lauren A. Taylor – Lauren A. Taylor is the co-author of “The American Health Care Paradox,” released in November of 2013, and a presidential scholar at Harvard Divinity School, where she studies health policy and ethics.
  • Vaughn Kauffman – Kauffman is Principal, Health Industries Advisory Services, PwC, and has authored several studies on the impacts of consumerism and new technologies on the health care industry. His recent work looks at how new entrants are poised to shake up health care, drawing billions of dollars in revenue from traditional organizations while building new markets in the burgeoning new health economy.
  • Dan Seewald – Seewald is a senior leader within Pfizer’s Worldwide Innovation team, which is responsible for building culture, capabilities and visionary experimentation across the 77,000-person organization.
  • Geoffrey Clapp – Clapp is the CEO of the startup Better, which offers a personal health assistant service to guide consumers through the clinical, medical and financial complexities of health care.

Recommended talks from TEDMED:

  • Robin Guenther – Guenther, a Sustainable Healthcare Architect from Perkins & Will described the architecture best suited to the Steelcase Health strategy of Humanize, Empower, and Connect.
  • Sonia Shah – Shah, an investigative science journalist and historian, spoke on recognizing the real patterns and causes behind pandemics.
  • Peggy Battin – Battin, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, at the University of Utah, spoke powerfully on end-of-life ethics.
  • Rosie King – this 16-year old is an Emmy Award-winning spokesperson and educator who is helping to make the world a more tolerant place for people with autism.
  • Nadine Burke Harris – the founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness spoke on how a person’s childhood can profoundly impact many adult-onset diseases.

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