Last week’s TEDMED 2012 event in Washington, DC, brought together experts from a variety of disciplines—the sciences, media, business, and the arts—to brainstorm solutions to the world's most pressing healthcare problems.

People working in healthcare tend to connect in silos, with specialists interacting mainly with others in their specific fields, said TEDMED curator and emcee Jay Walker. The goal of conference, he said, was to assemble a diverse crowd to focus on innovation, imagination, and inspiration.

“People from the front lines of medicine across all fields are here,” Walker said.

The four-day conference addressed topics ranging from next-generation medical technologies to how to pay for treatment. Speakers included medical device company executives; the director of the NIH; professors in the fields of genomics, computer science, cardiology, and neurology; and even Sesame Street's Cookie Monster.

MD+DI editors attended TEDMED Live sessions throughout the week. Check out our coverage of the event:

TEDMED Opens with Call to Think Outside the Box to Solve Healthcare Problems

TEDMED Update: Why the Future of Medical Electronics Is Flexible

To Move Forward, Medical Science Needs Imagination and Collaboration

TEDMED Live: The Promise of Stem Cells While Regulations Stifle Innovation

TEDMED 2012: Telling Health Stories Through Mobile Data Collection

Harnessing the Power of Play for Medical Problem Solving

Jamie Hartford is the associate editor of MD+DI and MED. Follow her on Twitter at @readMED.