Archive for October, 2008

Beyond Health 2.0 Hype – How Clinicians Find Value

October 10, 2008

There are many Web 2.0 applications but a few which can benefit physicians directly are:

  1. RSS feeds from their favorite medical journals or news sources. The ability to scan many article titles quickly for those of interest can help them sort through medical information overload. Using an RSS feed from a Medline search is another way to bring in the latest publications on specific topics of interest.
  2. Social networking among physicians. Within3.com has the best product, I think. They have a private network with private or public groups which allow discussion and profiles for physicians and other healthcare professionals using real names instead of screen names. And they don’t sell their information. Can be used for case consultation or to get introduced to other physicians who may help with a difficult diagnosis or treatment.
  3. Google Maps and other mashups. Can be specifically to map disease outbreaks.

This are just a few places clinicians can start. More to follow.

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Google Health – Interview with Missy Krasner

October 2, 2008

In a podcast interview for Modern Healthcare, Missy Krasner discusses Google Health including the early partnership with Cleveland Clinic and others. She emphasizes the value proposition of portability of healthcare information through Google Health. Slow adoption of PHRs she attributes to lack of interoperability and patients/consumers not being at the center of health care provision. Part of Google’s goal by opening up their API is to encourage innovation among small companies to add value. Also, by adding it to Google’s suite of products like email and calendaring, the hope is that Google Health will become part of one’s daily workflow.

My question is: how will we see this happen? Is anyone measuring this, researching adoption, promoting integration. I hope we will begin to see more reports of this in the press and professional Health IT journals. Or how about an offical Google blog just for Google Health?

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The US medical system should be…

October 1, 2008

In a short article from Wired Magazine, a unique perspective on health care reform from geneticist, Leroy Hood. He presents the 4 P’s: Health care should be

  • Predictive – he says Using genome sequencing and blood tests
  • Preventive – based on an individual risk profile
  • Personalized – drug therapies can be created to suit each genome
  • Participatory – People will maintain their own health (aka, Health 2.0)

Looks pretty simple but I not sure genomics can solve it all. The psychological toll of knowing your risk profile may be too much of a burden to bear for those with risks of life threatening illness without good treatments.

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