Eric Dishman has been called a “curiosity expert” by the Discovery Channel, and with good reason. Eric’s professional life has been defined by persistence and the ability to ask “why not” when faced with unrelenting problems like chronic disease management and the challenges that prevent independent living.
As a veteran TED presenter and an Intel Fellow, Eric is recognized as an innovative global leader at the vanguard of reinventing healthcare. In addition to giving numerous keynotes around the world from the White House Conference on Aging to the World Health Organization, the Wall Street Journal named him one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement.”
In his role as General Manager of Intel’s Health Strategy & Solutions Group, Eric’s work has focused on practical yet game-changing solutions—like Shimmer. This small wireless computer is part of a new wave of preventative medicine technology that will change the way we look at aging. The tiny rectangular bricks were developed in the labs at Intel, and Eric calls them “Legos for biomedical engineers.” They may be small, but the microprocessor inside is versatile enough to transform Shimmer into many things, including a tool to monitor gait speed and walking to help prevent falls by seniors.
As a social scientist with bachelor's degrees in Speech Communication, English, and Drama from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in Communication from Southern Illinois University, he’s brought a fresh perspective to innovation in healthcare. Eric is the co-founder of some of the world’s largest research and policy organizations devoted to advancing the cause of independent living. His Ph.D. work at the University of Utah focused on social scientific methods for technology innovation. He continues to combine his passion, expertise and inimitable curiosity to find ways that technology can enable individuals to take control of their health.