Archive for November, 2008
November 24, 2008
I came across several resources today in no particular order:
- New York Times Magazine on Visual Literacy lead me to Wikipedia on the topic
- Many Eyes – a visualization site from IBM
- Guy Kawasaki’s website with his books and presentations on start ups
- Health 2.0 from a diabetic’s perspective on year later
November 20, 2008
Tom Friedman’s latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, gives an excellent overview of some of the crises facing us – over consumption, energy poverty by many nations, and the wrong incentives for fixing the energy crisis. His suggested solutions are many including 10,000 innovations. Sounds like Health 2.0 and the health care system in crisis. I wonder if Health 2.0 is reaching the level of 10,000 innovations. However, Health 2.0 cannot solve the health care system problems alone. There need to be changes in government regulations and incentives just as there needs to be in energy.Share this:
November 15, 2008
Of the many presentations at the American Medical Informatics Association, one was about the specific application of Web 2.0 technology to clinical decision support. Three examples were given:
- Clinfowiki – a wiki devoted to clinical informatics
- Partners HealthCare eRooms
- Epic Systems Corporation’s Community Library
Certainly, there are many other applications of Web 2.0 to medical informatics. Social networking needs to be exploited. Two examples are:
Perhaps AMIA itself should begin a social network for its members or around each conference like Medicine 2.0 has done.Share this:
November 10, 2008
At the American Medical Informatics Association, there have been panels and papers on PHRs. This morning was a panel including John Halamka of Partners Healthcare and Roni Zeiger of Google Health discussing the different models – tethered, provider based, platforms, commercial based, etc. The Q & A provided some interesting insights, particularly a question about what to expect next – to take patient symptoms and conditions and then generate a selected list of questions to ask your doctor.
Coincidentally, there was an announcement by the Cleveland Clinic today (not on the panel) of a partnership with Microsoft HealthVault to collection information from home monitoriing devices and feed them through HealthVault into the MyChart PHR.
Another presentation was on consumer-based folksonomies within PatientLikeMe.com based on symptoms entered. Someone suggested that within these online communities, patients begin to approximate the physician taxonomy based on their desired to communicate effectively with their physicians.Share this:
November 5, 2008
Neil Versel has written two articles from the conference which emphasize the optimistic outlook for Health 2.0 products.
The first quotes Robert Kolodner saying that Health 2.0 is in the early hype cycle. He also cited Enoch Choi of MedHelp who said that half of the panel last year on physician social networks are out of business but that the future is still bright, perhaps because the conference attracted 1000 attendees including many from mainline healthcare organizations and employers.
The second article is about Google Health and quotes Roni Zeiger who said that user feedback, much of which was from the pilot with the Cleveland Clinic, reflects enthusiasm for the product and the desire for more features. In discussing medication history, he said “Right now, Google Health’s role is “helping to build the pipes” for interoperable data exchange.” See also the recent announcement about Google Health’s deal with PatientAssistance.com to enable prescription assistance services from its PHR.Share this:
November 5, 2008
A new Web 2.0 company, Drop.io, has its infrastructure virtually through Amazon making it totally dependent on the Cloud for hosting. Are there pros and cons to this? They see mostly pros – highly available, meet unpredictable growth needs, limit startup expenses, treat storage like the commodity it is. They like the variable cost as a start up as opposed to fixed costs. Maybe there is a lesson for Health 2.0 startups here.Share this:
November 2, 2008
A new group of video interviews from the conference have been posted on ICYou.com.
Included are a brief but articulate video on the state of Health 2.0 by Scott Shreve.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of THINK-Health and the Health 2.0 Advisory Board, has a more extensive examination of the state of Health 2.0 and gives some specific examples of investments.
Will explore more of these videos in the next few days.Share this: