Archive for August, 2008

Medical Wikis – A Review

August 12, 2008

On a seemingly unusual place, Linux Insider, there is a good review of medical wikis. The intro gives a status of medical wikis:

“With the rapid pace of development in medical technology, some doctors have turned to the Web to supplement textbooks and journals and created medical wikis. Naturally, wikis aren’t to be regarded as the final word on any medical topic; rather, they’re facilitators of discussion and starting-off points for more research.”

They review everything from Fluwiki to AskDrWiki with some choice quotes from Kenny Civello, MD, one of the founders of AskDrWiki.com. Also cited is WikiSurgery by “a London-based physician who is also the editor of the International Journal of Surgery.” A detailed discussion of the article approve process for this wiki is examined. There is also a previous article on “The Human Genome Goes Wiki.”

Wikis will continue to penetrate medicine and provide a valuable and easily editable tool for collaborative medical knowledge sharing.

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Indianapolis Health System Integrates Health Card and eHealth Offerings

August 9, 2008

From the Indianapolis Star newspaper, there is a report on the Community Health Network’s initiative to develop a combination MyCommunity card to be used to register at hospital kiosks and online tools. The online tools include the ability to track conditions and medications. The article quotes a researcher from Manhattan Research which tracks trends through their CyberCitizen Health product.

This ehealth initiative in Indianapolis is an major move forward and an example for other health systems to integrate their consumer-facing offerings.

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Investing in Patient Centric Applications

August 8, 2008

According to an article on Most Wired, the importance of investment in patient-centered websites is promoted. This is being driven by consumer demand for electronic medical records and communication tools with providers. “Customers will want to be more involved in owning their PHR.” Initiatives like Google Health, Microsoft Health Vault and Revolution Health  will continue to drive consumer expectations up. Consumers shop for healthcare online for providers and in the future, quality information.

While not all hospitals reply to the Most Wired annual survey, the results worth a review.

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