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TEDMED is coming to Austin!

By Greg Matthews | Apr 15, 2013

By now, everyone in the business world is familiar with TED talks … the revolutionary conference that’s had such a huge impact on how information is presented and shared. You may be less aware, though, that TED has expanded over the past few years – and that there’s now a conference that’s exclusively focused on the very best thinking in health and medicine … TEDMED. This year’s speaker list is truly remarkable, and includes such luminaries as Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg, Harvard University’s Michael Porter (author of the seminal book, Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results), Founder of Smart Patients Roni Zeiger, Qualcomm Health’s Rick Valencia (a WCG client!) and athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush. You can see the entire lineup of speakers here.

The TEDMED conference is being held this week (April 16-19) in Washington, DC … but this year we have the unprecedented opportunity to gather with our Austin-based colleagues in health innovation to watch a live simulcast of the event, in two different locations:

On Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 AM, the McCombs Healthcare MBA Association at the University of Texas will be hosting a simulcast at the AT&T Conference Center, running until 4:30 PM. And on that same day, the Texas Medical Association will be hosting a simulcast at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel from 1:30 – 4:30.

TEDMED Live @ UT – Details + Register HERE
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center | 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705
Registration opens @ 9.30am CT |  Welcome @ 10.15am  |  Livestream @ 10.30am CT

TEDMED Live @ TMA – Details + Register HERE
Double Tree Suites Hotel | Bluebonnet Room | 303 W. 15th St, Austin, TX, 78701
Registration opens @ 1.00pm CT  |  Welcome @ 1.15pm  |  Livestream @ 1.30pm CT

And for the first time this year, we have the opportunity to watch the ENTIRE program at www.TEDMEDLive.org. In a spirit of collaboration and information sharing, all 10 TEDMED sessions are available via individual laptops and tablets in two formats:

REAL-TIME: view TEDMED with the rest of the DC Delegation from April 16-19th
ON-DEMAND: experience TEDMED on your schedule through Sunday, April 21st

Even if you can’t join us in person — you can *join* TEDMED anytime, anywhere, with anyone.  www.TEDMEDLive.org (test it out today!)
Access through TEDxAustin Affiliate Location ID: L41553

I was able to attend last year’s simulcast at St. David’s Hospital, and thought it was fantastic – not just to be able to watch the speakers live … but to interact with a room full of Austinites who care about the same things I do … innovating healthcare.  Don’t miss the chance to participate live this year!! For any questions leading up to the event, contact TEDxAustin‘s Shawna Butler – shawnabutler@gmail.com.