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"Lab Testing Reinvented" Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos


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"Lab Testing Reinvented" Elizabeth Holmes at TedMED

Elizabeth talked about this right and the importance of enabling early detection and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare.

 "I don’t want to make an incremental change in some technology in my life. I want to create a whole new technology, and one that is aimed at helping humanity at all levels regardless of geography or ethnicity or age or gender." - Elizabeth Holmes.

TEDMED  is an immersive experience that challenges us to recharge our brains, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and solutions for the future of health and medicine.


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 At TEDMED 2014, founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, talked about the importance of enabling early detection of disease through new diagnostic tools and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare.




ABOUT ELIZABETH

Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos, a company transforming lab diagnostics. With their new technology, soon available at every Walgreens, a single drop of blood (or any other fluid) can be used for multiple tests at a fraction of current costs. Elizabeth started Theranos a decade ago (at age 19) after dropping out of Stanford, where she had studied microfluidics and nanotechnology. Elizabeth envisions empowered patients who can take control of their health through real-time diagnosis and monitoring, with testing that has open and transparent pricing schemes. Among her board of advisors are a former senator, general, and secretary of state. Prior to Theranos, while still in high school, Elizabeth started a business to distribute C++ software to Asian universities.



TEDMED curates a unique and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe the way we think and inspire critical new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. TEDMED also offers evening entertainments, thought-provoking conversations with Delegates and Speakers, and a showcase of inspiring bio-health startups that live in "The Hive".




Q&A  with  Elizabeth Holmes

The United States spends more on healthcare than any other Western nation – more than two and a half times the amount spent by most developed countries. Even so, most Americans do not have access to quality, timely care. Patients seeking care face unpredictable costs for even the most routine diagnostic procedures, like blood testing.


These hurdles are so prohibitive that seeking out healthcare is often viewed as a last resort – an option to be considered only when symptoms appear. In some cases, this can be too late. Elizabeth Holmes reminds us that access to affordable, preventive care is a human right. It is this right – the right to be as healthy as possible – that is at the root of her mission to make actionable health information accessible to everyone at the time it matters.


We reached out to her with a couple of follow up questions about her work and her company, Theranos. 


Elizabeth Holmes, TEDMED2014. Photo, Jerod Harris, TEDMED.


Why does this talk matter now? What impact do you hope the talk will have?

We believe the right to protect the health and wellbeing of every person – of those we love – is a basic human right. Yet, in the United States today, healthcare is the leading cause of bankruptcy. Similarly, lack of healthcare is the leading cause of the suffering associated with finding out too late in the disease progression process that someone you love is really, really sick. We believe that every individual has a right to accurate, affordable, real-time health information before people become so sick that it is too late to change outcomes.


What is the legacy you want to leave?

Our mission at Theranos is to make actionable information accessible to everyone at the time it matters most. Theranos is a new paradigm of diagnosis, in which every person will be able to see the onset of disease in time for therapy to be effective. Through it, we see a world in which no one ever has to say “goodbye” too soon, and people are able to leverage engagement with their health to live their best lives.

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” -The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25, Point 1.




 

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TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination
ABOUT THE EVENT


TEDMED is an annual conference focusing on health and medicine, with a year-round web based community. TEDMED is an independent event operating under license from the nonprofit TED conference.

TEDMED is a global community of leading doers and thinkers from every walk of life. Our goal is to seed the innovations in health and medicine of today, making the breakthroughs of tomorrow possible.

We are best known for our annual three-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential Delegates and innovative start-ups.

TEDMED curates a unique and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe the way we think and inspire critical new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. TEDMED also offers evening entertainments, thought-provoking conversations with Delegates and Speakers, and a showcase of inspiring bio-health startups that live in "The Hive".

The result is an immersive experience that challenges us to recharge our brains, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and solutions for the future of health and medicine.




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