Eliminating Medical Error #TEDMED #GreatChallenges Workshop Annotated Twanscript

On Friday, April 19th, I was one of 20 TEDMED Social Media Narrators assigned to twenty Great Challenges workshops. I was assigned to, and live-tweeted from, Eliminating Medical Errors. Here are my tweets. I’ve changed their order to reflect common themes and annotated where necessary or useful. There were lots of retweets from folks not in the workshop or at TEDMED, and lots of replies too.

First off, here we are! Can you spot me?

And here is the final workshop statement. (I told you I was going to change the order of the tweets. This way if you don’t read this whole post, you’ll still have gotten the maximum value for your effort thus far. By the way, this is called a “greedy algorithm” in computer science.)

A message to my Twitter followers so they have an inkling of why I am suddenly flooding their Twitter stream with tweets about #MedicalError…

The Eliminating Medical Errors workshop was first addressed by Helen Haskell, the founder of Mothers Against Medical Error. Her Twitter account is @HHask.

The following was an interesting comment: “Don’t let get ‘baked’ into EHRs.” It was said in passing, as part of list of calls for government action, technological innovation, and then the “baked” in comment. I believe, though cannot be sure, this was a reference to published reports of medical error due to EHR (mis-)design, (mis-)implementation, and (mis-)use. I’ll not revisit that debate here, except to note that, on the whole, I’d describe workshop participants as cautiously optimistic about the potential for electronic health records to reduce medical error. But they also recognized the potential for EHRs to be part of the problem too.

The following clump of tweets revolves around the theme of design, transparency and incentives.

Excuse the typo in the following tweet. I meant, “Transparency is Transformative.” I’m guessing the RTers figured that out. Or maybe not! Maybe there is transparency in transformation…

Well, you get the idea! Feel free to browse the rest of the tweets. I enjoyed the whole experience immensely.

Thank you TEDMED!

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