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The Hospital Sant Joan de Déu auditorium will provide a front-row seat for TEDxMaastricht 2012, an independently organized event to spread innovative ideas in the health arena that will take place on 2 April in this Dutch city.

TED is a non-profit organization with the slogan Ideas worth spreading. It was created in California 26 years ago and aims to improve the world through debates given by innovative, imaginative, seductive speakers like Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Isabell Allende and Philippe Starck.

At this edition, some thirty speakers will share their vision of the future of health, and will include Paul Levy, former president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston; Roni Zeiger, former head of Google Health (also known as Doctor Google Health); Paul Grundy, director of Healthcare, Technology and Strategic Initiatives at IBM; Anke Tijtsma, anthropologist and director of the NGO Wemos; designer Marc van Beers; and one of the first e-patients, Maarten Lens-FitzGerald of the Netherlands who writes a blog about his fight against cancer and how he beat it. All of the speakers will discuss one of these key issues:

  • Medicine around the world
  • Health is a data problem
  • E-health is Empowered-Health
  • To talk or not to listen
  • The gamification of health

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu has the exclusive rights in Spain to simulcast the event. Professionals from the health arena that would like to attend the simulcast at the hospital auditorium and share impressions only have to sign up (the conferences will be in English with simultaneous translation).

Date: 2 April 2012
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Venue: Hospital Sant Joan de Déu • Auditorium • C/ Sant Rosa, 39 • Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona, Spain)

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