Archive for April, 2009
April 29, 2009
From a recent presentation in Baltimore.
The Digital Consumer: Web 2.0 Roadmap for Healthcare Organizations
View more presentations from John Sharp.
April 28, 2009
Several articles and blog posts after the Health 2.0 conference and Healthcamp immediately prior in Boston reflect the incubator of innovation which is this space.
- The public’s belief in scientific uncertainty and the importance of the social health Internet” describing a “health knowledge-dialectic” between providers and consumers
- Stanley Feld on “Healthcare Is A Team Sport” which is complimentary of Jen McCabe Gorman’s understanding of social networking and content and his belief “that repair of the healthcare system can be partially achieved with effective
disease specific social networks as an extension of physicians’ care.”
- This Twitter Thing from Info.Matics about the experience of twittering at a conference as a confirmatory experience.
- Finally, the response of Google to ePatientDave’s experience with Google Health.
With the related activity on Twitter continuing, more thoughts on the role of Health 2.0 in health care reform will emerge.Share this:
April 22, 2009
Mayo Clinic has announced its new Personal Health Record called Health Manager. Besides a feature rich tool including managing personal health information, monitoring health using a dashboard feature and getting health advice (integration with their health content), there are some significant aspects of this announcement:
- partnership with Microsoft HealthVault - right behind New York Presbyterian. The first two large medical centers to announce their Microsoft partnership
- this occurred right after the announcement of stricter HIPAA rules under the HITECH federal regulations
- It is offered to the general public and not just patients of Mayo Clinic. MyNYP approaches this in the same way. It focuses it health information on heart health with an intro by Mehmet Oz of the You books fame.
The strategy appears to be to offer a service and potential attract new patients. The extent of the integration strategy with Microsoft HealthVault is unclear – can one create an account at one of these sites but then login directly through HealthVault? These two new sites will be interesting to watch.Share this:
April 12, 2009
In an article from the NY Times today, medical informatics is described as “Connecting the Dots of Medicine and Data.” The article points out some example of roles filled by medical informatics and also the lack of standards for educational programs in medical informatics many of which are masters degrees or certificate programs. At the same time, the chief executive of AMIA cites the need for 70,000 health informaticians as the government provides incentives for electronic medical records. This quote summarizes the profession well:
“IT takes more than technical skills and an understanding of health care to succeed as a health informatician. Diplomacy skills are crucial in connecting two potentially contentious groups: doctors and programmers.”Share this:
April 7, 2009
- Ix (Information Therapy) = intermediation http://bit.ly/NFbC7
- Health 2.0/Medicine 2.0 = apomediation / disintermediation
April 5, 2009
Saturday I participated in the Payer Symposium. I presented on the Digital Consumer with Peter Mills who presented on health promotion in Second Life. Slide handout is here, I was impressed, particularly in the panel which wrapped up the day: there was alot of discussion on the best approach to interoperability, meaningful use of EMRs, and medical home. The evidence for the effectiveness of medical home in promoting health, particularly the basic relationship with a single primary care medical provider. More on this later.Share this: