The future of health and medicine is here

The tag line was bold and mundane all at once.

It has probably been used at innumerable conferences before this one. But when the gathering in question is TEDMED 2012, the world takes notice.

How would some of the best minds (70 speakers, over 1000 delegates) give new meaning to a discipline mired in financial, ethical and scientific stalemate? What mind-boggling breakthrough would emerge from this three-and-a-half day idea orgy?

Not that I needed any convincing. As a proud, longstanding TEDaholic, having my scholarship application accepted was all I needed to pack my bags and head to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the new home of TEDMED.

I came. I saw. I took in the grandeur of all the historic conference locations: the Opera House, the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Building Museum.

I left with some invaluable connections, a couple of personal insights, and a few memorable ideas.