From: [log in to unmask] / [log in to unmask] On October 11-14, 1995, the MEDICAL Conference will bring together the most creative and disciplined minds in the field of health care, education, communications, imaging, and technology. Confirmed speakers as of May 1995: Horace Deets Director and CEO, AARP: American Association of Retired Persons James Dickson Senior Advisor to the Dean, Harvard Medical School; Former US Assistant Surgeon General Joan Dunlop President, International Women9s Health Coalition Bran Ferren Senior VP, Creative Technology, Walt Disney Imagineering Helmut Giersiefen Doctor, Project Director; Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Roger Gould Clinical Psychiatrist, Interactive Health Center; Developer of the Therapeutic Learning Program; Former head of neuro-psychiatric outpatient clinic at UCLA Stephen Jay Gould Professor, Harvard University; McArthur Fellow; Author: Bully for Brontosaurus and Ever Since Darwin David Hon President, Ixion, a company which focuses on virtual reality for endoscopic surgery Dean Kamen President, DAKA Research & Development Corporation; Philanthropist; Inventor of leading edge medical instruments John Kao Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School; Producer; Psychiatrist; Entrepreneur in biotechnology and interactive multimedia C. Everett Koop Doctor; Chairman, Time Life Medical; Former US Surgeon General David Macaulay Illustrator, Author: The Amazing Brain and The Way Things Work J. Ian Morrison President, Institute for the Future; Consultant on health care topics Dean Ornish Doctor, President and Director, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Author: Program for Reversing Heart Disease Patricia Phelan President, Direct Medical Knowledge, a research organization dedicated to providing medical information to consumers Stanley Pottinger Author: The Fourth Procedure; Former assistant US Attorney General Dr. Richard Rockefeller Doctor, President, Health Commons Institute Jonas Salk Doctor, Scientist, Founder, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Humanitarian; Author: Survival of the Wisest Col. Richard M. Satava Manager, The Advanced Biomedical Technology Program, The Defense Sciences Office, The Advanced Sciences Projects Agency Rick Smolan Photographer, Author: Day in the Life series, The Power to Heal, Medicine s Great Journey Victor Spitzer Professor, Colorado University Health Sciences Center; Researcher, The Visible Human Project, a three-dimensional digital mapping of the human body Alexander Tsiaras Medical Journalist; Photographer; Creator of The Anatomical Travelogue William Tsiaras Doctor of Internal Medicine; Chairman, Departmentof Opthomology, Brown University School of Medicine Philippe Villers President and Founder, Families USA; Philanthropist; Human Rights activist; Founder of three high-technology companies Albert Waxman Chairman and CEO, Medco Behavior Care Corporation There have been stunning technological developments in health care research developments that can immediately improve our ability to understand and conquer disease in our lifetime. What stands in the way of our disseminating this information so that we can all share it and use it? There is an increased awareness of how we can take more control of our personal health. How do we harness the research and information available in order to understand it? We need to know what questions to ask and where to ask them. There is growing concern about the future of health care. Recent attempts to face the issues and resolve the problems of health care policy have failed because they are not understood. A significant part of the health care policy issue is a communications issue. In fact, the problem with all three of these scenarios is a problem of communications. We have the intelligence. We have the information. What we lack is the ability to thoughtfully converse and share with one another all we9ve learned. Human health and well-being will always be an issue of fundamental concern. As information becomes more available, we are in need of leaders to help empower us to understand this issue. MEDICAL will be a conference which explores how we are making the human body and medical information more understandable. For the past ten years, we have successfully developed and managed a meeting known as the TED Conference. This conference brings together the most dynamic players in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design and allows them the opportunity to understand, integrate, and encourage learning. One of the most important aspects of TED is its audience. The conferences have always attracted a high caliber, eclectic mix of individuals from these fields and from related and not-so-related fields. MEDICAL will take the same insightful approach to understanding the major issues surrounding medical and health care communication and information. The approach of MEDICAL will begin at a very intimate level the communication within the body and will expand to address global health care policy issues. 1 Conversation We will explore our changing role from patient to agent in our own health care. We will examine the conversations that help us learn about our bodies; how patients and doctors learn from each other; how doctors communicate with the medical community; how health care companies work with governmental and regulatory agencies. 2 Imaging and new technologies Leaders in the fields of medical technology will share their insights in the fields of digital imaging, remote diagnosis, and the cutting-edge use of computers in medicine. 3 Policy The economics, logistics, and administration of health care policy has moved to the forefront of national and international agendas producing a baffling vocabulary of terms and concepts. MEDICAL will explore how policy is created, how research is advanced, and the role of economic and demographic statistics. We must make critical decisions on a daily basis, and at every phase of our life timeline decisions about preventive medicine, insurance coverage, long term care, home care, and coping with disabilities and terminal illness. These issues often arise unexpectedly and therefore demand that we have accurate, understandable information and options available immediately. MEDICAL will discuss what we can do to prepare ourselves for these issues. ? Is there any area of greater concern than the health and well-being of ourselves, our family and our friends? ? Is there any area about which we have less ability to access and understand reliable information? ? Is there any area more complicated and confused today than the local, state, and federal initiatives regarding health care and health economics? ? Is there anything more exciting than being able to tap into exciting breakthroughs in medical technologyand to experience their applications? Each of these questions bring to light the need for a comprehensive overview of health care issues today. There is individual interest in understanding the relationships betweendiet, exercise, and the control of our own health. There is a new focus on the widespread acceptance of universal healthcare and its implications. There is significant interest in realizing the possibilities of virtual care and remote diagnosis. There is tremendous energy now focused on speeding up the process by which new drugs are brought to market. Each of these changes demand a realistic survey of the state of health care which can only be accomplished by bringing together responsible hearts and minds in order to challenge, educate, and communicate with one another. MEDICAL will benefit an audience of wide-ranging interests and disciplines. We will congregate as educators, learners, politicians, scientists, policy-makers, and health careproviders. Professionals from the fields of technology, communications, design, medicine, and government will meet to address their common concerns. National organizations such as AARP: The American Association of Retired Persons are pro-actively assisting in the development of the audience. EDS: Electronic Data Services has agreed to host an evening gathering of conferees. MEDICAL will attract an audience in which you may have no idea what the person sitting next to you does. The conversation that emerges builds bridges of learning and brings to light the reasons you both have come. This creates the intellectual excitement of a great dinner party. MEDICAL will broaden your view-point and enhance your possibilities. Great speakers bring a great audience. The composite conversation among the 450 people gathered becomes an explosion of hope, ideas, conversation, and constructive networking. MEDICAL will lead to a deeper understanding of what we know and what we don9t know. It will teach us how to ask better questions. It will establish a new network of interesting groups, individuals, institutions, and organizations and will open up access to new tools, ideas, and people. Richard Saul Wurman Chairman & Creative Director ([log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]) Future TED Conferences TEDSELL, 21 to 24 February 1996 Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California Selling in the decade of also our transactional future TED7, 19 to 22 February 1997, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California A continuation of the series which focuses on on the merging & converging of the technology business, the entertainment industry & the design professions in the service of learning & communication MEDICAL will be held 11 -14 October 1995 in Charleston, South Carolina. I have chosen Charleston for the following reasons: 1 Charleston is a beautiful city which should be attractive to conference participants and their companions. The climate and weather in October is usually balmy. 2 There is good access by car and air with close proximity to Washington, DC, Atlanta and New York. 3 Charleston has a marvelous hotel, The Omni, excellent restaurants, and beautiful sites and activities, not only within Old Charleston but in the surrounding environs. This should encourage people to extend their stay for several days before and afte the conference. 4 Most importantly, there is an historic tiered theatre with good audio-visual facilities and space that will allow for the kind of gathering and intimacy which is necessary for such an extraordinary meeting. CONFERENCE FORMAT Registration will take place the evening of Wednesday 11 October followed by three full days of presentations on the 12th, 13th, and 14th. All talks will be given in the main auditorium. There will be two one-hour conversation breaks each day. During these conversation breaks, people can meet and exchange reactions. This format invites highly focused conversations which often encourage profitable connections between people of mutual interests. REGISTRATION will take place from 6PM to 11PM on Wednesday 11 October in the Grand Ballroom of The Omni Hotel at 130 Market Street. Late registration will be available at The Dock Street Theatre at 135 Church Street, from 7AM on Thursday 12 October. ACCOMMODATIONS The Omni Hotel has provided us with a group rate for this period. Reservations can be made by calling Omni Reservations at 803.722.4900 or 1.800.THE OMNI and by mentioning the reservation block for MEDICAL. Alternate hotels will be assigned if necessary. MEALS Conference participants are free to enjoy the fine restaurants of Charleston during the conference. Specifics regarding any sponsored events or gatherings will be distributed as they develop. THE DOCK STREET THEATRE is on the site of one of America9s first playhouses. The Theatre was reconstructed in 1936 as an 18th Century theatre and is the home of some of Charleston9s featured annual performances and cultural events. Its auditorium will provide all of our audio-visual needs in an intimate and unique setting.