Videos on health worth watching

  • Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine. View Video
  • Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that. View Video
  • An overview of a report from the NHS on the use of technology to empower patients. View Video
  • Dr Eric Topol talks about how smartphones are going to revolutionise the way we deliver health. Interesting implications for primary care and the workforce. View Video
  • Not strictly about health, but the Mayor of Otorohanga shows how you can build a community with low crime and high employment if you have the right attitude and culture. Must be parallels here for also creating a healthy community. A very worthwhile watch. View Video
  • A great rant about the US health system and why its costs are so high compared to the rest of the world. And a great justification as to why we have Pharmac! View Video
  • Dr Delbanko gives a presentation showing the evidence as to why doctors should make their consultation notes available to their patients. In particular, medication compliance significantly increased and the trials they ran were very successful for both doctors and patients. Many myths about opening up clinical records to patients were dispelled. View Video
  • An impressive speech by a 91-year old to the British labour conference on why healthcare needs to be in public hands. View Video