5 TEDMed Videos for Healthcare Professionals

TED Talks are the famous short talks that share videos and ideas from some of the world’s brightest minds. Healthcare professionals benefit from TEDMED, a conference dedicated to imagining the future of health and medicine professions. Below are just a few of our favorites.

1. Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Following a stay in a rehab center, he realized that most hospitals ignore critical resident needs. Hear how he set out to change all that with attractive, efficient, patient-centered rooms.


2. Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, a design and innovation consulting company, talks here about the ‘design’ of healthcare. He says that “in times of change, we need new choices.”


3. Sherwin Nuland, an American surgeon and author, calls attention to the increasing distancing over the last 2,000 years of the doctor from the patient. In this video he implores us to help turn this trend around.


4. David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and here he explains how the iPhone might save your life!


5. Thomas Goetz is executive editor at WIRED Magazine and he talks about the importance of information presentation in healthcare. He suggests that healthcare is not a science problem it is an information problem.


Treating Healthcare Environments with Powerful Colors

Treating Healthcare Environments with Powerful Colors

We’ve talked before about the importance of choosing the right colors for your office setting as hues can conjure many different emotions for your visitors and staff. Within the healthcare environment, color becomes an even greater consideration as it can actually affect patients’ medical outcomes.

It has been proven time and again that how we feel affects our health. So it only makes sense that how we feel as we are being treated or tested for an illness could make a difference in how fast we recover. Color, as it turns out can have a resounding impact at all stages of care.

“Research reveals that people make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone.” – CCICOLOR: Institute for Color Research

Also, according to the 2004 report titled, “The Role of the Physical Environment in the 21st Century Hospital,” the research team found rigorous studies that link physical environment to patient and staff outcomes in 4 areas:

  1. Reduce staff stress and fatigue and increase effectiveness in delivering care
  2. Improve patient safety
  3. Reduce stress and improve outcomes
  4. Improve overall healthcare quality

and Pallas Textiles teamed up to take this concept a bit further. In their collaborative whitepaper, The Power of Color in the Healthcare Environment, they mention other confirming studies specific to color application and healing. Together they researched and developed a holistic understanding of color on the healing process.

Their findings suggest we should mix and use color as close to how it is found in nature, as possible. The following list of colors summarizes the meaning of each color group. For more on the effect these colors can have on the body and healing processes, check out the whitepaper. It’s a must read!

Light Cool Neutrals ­– Clean
Dark Cool Neutrals –  Clean
Earth Tones/Light and Dark NeutralsGrounding

KI also provided four examples of real-life applications:

  1. Radiology – Colors that promote relaxation make patients calmer. Because they move less as tests are run, the imaging quality is higher providing the physician with more accurate results.
  2. Pediatric – soothing yet interesting colors can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that ultimately reduces stress for both the child as well as the person with them
  3. Elder care – the use of light and warm colors such as orange and red can actually improve visual acuity in poorly lit environments
  4. Critical care units – blues, greens and purples have healing and calming influences and are considered stress-reducing colors

Do you consider color a top priority when choosing the furnishings for a healthcare facility?