Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber

  • Former Physician Editor of TEDMED 
  • Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative

Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED and the Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative. He has a background in clinical evidence, digital innovation, and clinical improvement.

As the Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED's dedicated health event, he reviewed over 1600 innovations for the stage and helped select and shape the 40 talks that made it into the programme. He has a sharp eye for clinically credible ideas that have the potential to positively impact the quality and cost of care.

Despite the vibrant health innovation scene, recently accelerated by digital technologies, Dr Tamber is convinced that few ideas have the potential to meaningfully impact population health, especially for those communities already enduring poor outcomes.

In response, he founded the Creating Health Collaborative, a group of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that share his view and are trying to do things radically differently.

The Collaborative's membership includes individuals from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, the California Endowment, FSG, HealthPartners, MIT, the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, and the Democracy Collaborative.

At the heart of their work is the belief that we need to better understand what health means to people and their communities. Doing so broadens our understanding of health beyond biological measures to encompass things like safety, physical functioning, financial security, emotional security, nourishing relationships, and a sense of control over one’s life.

All of the members of the Collaborative embrace this broader understanding of health in their work. Through sharing their efforts they have identified 'the 11 principles for creating health', a list that helps to define this new way of approaching the challenges facing the future of health.

Dr. Tamber, together with fellow members of the Collaborative, has also co-edited the book, Communities Creating Health, an examination of what would happen if the design, implementation and evaluation of health interventions became something we did with communities rather than to them.

Dr. Tamber is the former Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that produces 'clinical pathways' designed to improve the flow of patients through health care systems. The pathways were one of the first forms of content designed to interoperate with electronic medical records. He's also the former Editorial Director for Medicine for BioMed Central, the company that disrupted academic publishing by making open access commercially sustainable. He started his career as an editor at the BMJ.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Disruption, Futurist, Health & Wellness, Healthcare, Innovation

  • Travels From:

    Washington

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    $15,000 - $20,000

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Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber - TEDmed

Pritpal S. Tamber - Setting the Stage

Medicine X 2015 - Pritpal S. Tamber

Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED and the Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative. He has a background in clinical evidence, digital innovation, and clinical improvement.

As the Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED's dedicated health event, he reviewed over 1600 innovations for the stage and helped select and shape the 40 talks that made it into the programme. He has a sharp eye for clinically credible ideas that have the potential to positively impact the quality and cost of care.

Despite the vibrant health innovation scene, recently accelerated by digital technologies, Dr Tamber is convinced that few ideas have the potential to meaningfully impact population health, especially for those communities already enduring poor outcomes.

In response, he founded the Creating Health Collaborative, a group of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that share his view and are trying to do things radically differently.

The Collaborative's membership includes individuals from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, the California Endowment, FSG, HealthPartners, MIT, the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, and the Democracy Collaborative.

At the heart of their work is the belief that we need to better understand what health means to people and their communities. Doing so broadens our understanding of health beyond biological measures to encompass things like safety, physical functioning, financial security, emotional security, nourishing relationships, and a sense of control over one’s life.

All of the members of the Collaborative embrace this broader understanding of health in their work. Through sharing their efforts they have identified 'the 11 principles for creating health', a list that helps to define this new way of approaching the challenges facing the future of health.

Dr. Tamber, together with fellow members of the Collaborative, has also co-edited the book, Communities Creating Health, an examination of what would happen if the design, implementation and evaluation of health interventions became something we did with communities rather than to them.

Dr. Tamber is the former Medical Director of Map of Medicine, a company that produces 'clinical pathways' designed to improve the flow of patients through health care systems. The pathways were one of the first forms of content designed to interoperate with electronic medical records. He's also the former Editorial Director for Medicine for BioMed Central, the company that disrupted academic publishing by making open access commercially sustainable. He started his career as an editor at the BMJ.

To book Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

What Is True Population Health?

Most organizations limit their definition of population health to ‘the outcomes experienced by a group of individuals’. By failing to embrace the full definition, which includes ‘the distribution of outcomes within the group’, they render their population health efforts inert before they even start. Truly embracing the full definition forces organizations to face their negative impact on health equity. Dr Tamber shows how members of the Creating Health Collaborative are admitting their role in driving health inequalities and how they’re changing what they do to truly embrace population health.

The 11 Principles For Creating Health

The term ‘creating health’ has become a synonym with ‘prevention’, the business of avoiding sickness, the preserve of public health. Through his work with the Creating Health Collaborative Dr Tamber will illustrate how genuinely creating health is actually about better understanding how people and communities define their health and building from there. He’ll share the 11 principles for doing this work, including sharing power with communities and finding new ways to measure what matters, as gleaned from the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs of the Collaborative.

Reconceiving The Social Determinants

It is increasingly recognized that social factors and the environment contribute up to 70% to our health. However, health care is struggling to effectively translate these ‘social determinants’ into new pathways to help people be healthier. Dr Tamber shows how seeing social circumstances solely through a biological lens limits not only our ability to influence them but also our opportunity to reconceive the role of health care in society. The examples he’ll share illustrate a future for health care that goes beyond ‘community benefit’ and ‘corporate social responsibility’.

The Three Parts To The Future Of Health

Despite its many successes in the 20th century the health sector is struggling to meet the growing demand for care. Designed as it is around sickness, its ability to prevent it (public health) and treat it (health care) is being overwhelmed by the lifestyle choices that people and communities make. Many of these choices implicitly mean enduring less-than-perfect health, an acceptable trade-off for those having to prioritize safety, jobs, taking care of children, or nursing elderly relatives. Dr Tamber will illustrate how public health and health care must accept that people make these trade-offs, especially as they often feel well despite the presence of disease.

What Workplace Wellness Should Really Be

Employers worried about health care costs and absenteeism continue to embrace wellness programs that purport to reduce the likelihood of sickness. The evidence that they work is mixed, at best. Dr Tamber will illustrate why just trying to change health-related behavior will always be limited given the day-to-day realities of people’s lives. He’ll share examples of how businesses – including those in the health sector – are embracing the idea that 70% of our health comes from social factors and the environment to change how they contribute to their employees’ health – from sickness-preventing organizations to health-creating ones.

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