The former Physician Editor of TEDMED and the Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative, Dr Pritpal S Tamber hails from the vibrant health innovation scene. An illuminating keynote speaker, Pritpal stimulates a dialogue around society, business and health, and discusses which ideas and digital technologies are set to truly impact and progress the healthcare industry.
Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the CEO & Co-Founder of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming how health care works with communities. Dr. Tamber is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED, TED's dedicated health event. It was in that role that he became convinced that the potential in innovation in health was dwarfed by the size of the challenges.
Dr. Tamber believes that at the heart of the problem is that our current approach to health – deploying technical solutions to bio-medical problems – is not only unsustainable but increasingly failing in a world of circumstance-related chronic conditions.
In response, he founded the Creating Health Collaborative, an international group of practitioners operating from a community’s understanding of its circumstances, rather than health care’s.
The Collaborative’s membership includes individuals from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, the California Endowment, FSG, HealthPartners, MIT, the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, Good Food Markets, ISAIAH, Casa de Salud (NM), and the Democracy Collaborative.
From their work, Dr. Tamber has gleaned 12 over-arching principles. Collectively, they outline an inclusive, participatory and responsive process. This process not only has the potential to transform how health care works with communities but also to foster the ‘agency’ of a community – its ability to make purposeful choices.
Agency underpins having a sense of control, a characteristic that is increasingly recognized as core to health. In fact, research has made clear that risk factors alone, whether personal, social or environmental, cannot fully explain why people are healthy or sick – the missing link is whether people have a sense of control.
With health care increasingly being asked to consider the social circumstances that impact on people’s health, whether it be through ‘population health’, the ‘social determinants’ or ‘value-based care’, Dr. Tamber’s work shows how health care needs to change.
Moreover, he 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.
Dr Tamber is also the former Editorial Director for Medicine for BioMed Central, the company that disrupted academic publishing by making open access commercially sustainable; before that, he was an editor at the BMJ, where he started his career.
Few people truly understand the crisis facing the future of health, and even fewer are able to communicate it. Dr Tamber is one such person. Able to speak about workplace wellness, the future of health and the social determinants of healthcare amongst topics, Pritpal is a unique and engaging speaker.