Posts Tagged ‘Medicine 2.0’

HealthCamp – Incubator for Innovation

September 24, 2009

In Toronto last week, in addition to Medicine 2.0, I attended my first HealthCamp, sponsored by MyHealthInnovaton, aka, Innovation Cell. Using an unconference format, HealthCamp creates an environment for creative thinking with the attendees creating the agenda for the day. Great ideas were everrywhere – from pitches on new startups to ideas which are in their infancy, the approach is invigorating. HealthCamps have now been attended by over 1000 participants. I hope the movement will continue to spread. Maybe its time for one in Ohio.
Upcoming HealthCamp events.

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Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto – E-Patients take the lead

September 23, 2009

Having attended the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto last week, the enduring theme of e-Patients as full participants in health care with full rights to their data was apparent. ePatient Dave led off with the keynote and sent me back to the ePatient white paper, particularly, the research section. More on that later.
My part is recorded here:

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The Future of Scientific Journals

December 19, 2008

From ReadWriteWeb, there is an article titled, “Scientific Journal to Authors: Publish in Wikipedia or Perish.” It is a report from the journal RNA Biology which now requires a simultaneous submission to Wikipedia. The initial submission to Wikipedia is also peer-reviewed but after that it can be edited as other entries. This is a brave new world of medical publishing. First there was online journals and now Wikipedia entries. If the entries can be edited, what does that mean for the future of peer reviewed journals?

Another new journal tool in beta is MyFavoriteJournals. It enables managing multiple journals by showing the covers and a click through to the most recent table of contents with links to abstracts using the PubMed API. Worth testing out.

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AMIA Presentation on Web 2.0 for Clinical Decision Support

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.

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Medicine 2.0 Course in a University – a first

October 30, 2008

This course sound like a big success. Taught by Berci Mesko at University of Debrecen in Hungary, a  photo of the class in it’s 5th week here. Course outline looks comprehensive. The course even has its own blog. This is probably one of the most publicly documented courses ever short of having the whole thing on video. Maybe next year.

This kind of material is an excellent introduction ot Medicine 2.0 for any group of health professionals. I hope more courses will be designed at nursing, medical and allied health schools around the world.

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Webicina: Web 2.0 in Medicine

October 17, 2008

Finally, a Web 2.0 site is launched with a reasonable business model. Bertalan Meskó, a medical student from Hungary, who has already made a reputation for himself through his Scienceroll.com blog and other ventures. Now he presents Webicina with a straightforward offering of four tools:

  • Medicine 2.0 package
  • E-learning tools
  • Building an online reputation
  • Consulting and workshops.

The business model is clear: a pricing structure is on the Get Involved page in U.S. Dollars. Check out the free E-learning offerings. Good luck, Berci.

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Social Networking for Research

September 11, 2008

Clinical or basic research can both benefit from social networking. Especially in clinical research when multicenter studies are being managed throughout the country or internationally, social networking tools have the potential to enhance communication in a closed environment. Harvard has launched Catalyst which has several helpful features including publications from PubMed.

A more advanced tool is Within3.com which provides several different customizable modules which can be used to develop any physician or research group but because it takes place in the context of a closed network, the site can be a gathering place for clinical trial coordination. Moving beyond fax, email and even conference calls, new Web 2.0 communication tools can enhance the collaborative work of clinical trials and other clinical research across the street or the ocean. My prediction is that social networking and other Web 2.0 tools will become best practices in clinical research collaboration.

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Excellent Summary of the Medicine 2.0 Conference

September 10, 2008

Chris Paton on the Health Informatics Blog has a great summary of impressions, sessions and links to various blog posts on the conference. It wraps up most of the best sessions at the conference. Check it out.

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Medicine 2.0 Congress Photos and Links

September 5, 2008

Slide Show

Interesting links:

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Cleveland Clinic and Medicine 2.0

September 4, 2008

Here at the Medicine 2.0 Conference, I have been asked how the Cleveland Clinic is using Web 2.0. Some examples are in my slides on slideshare.net. But here is  a list with links:

  1. AskDrWiki.com – started by two cardiology fellows, not officially sanctioned
  2. Clinical Case and Images blog – begun by a hospitalist who has moved on from the Clinic
  3. Google Health – Cleveland Clinic was the pilot site and one of the first partners
  4. Walk for Good- a Google Gadget
  5. CEO blog – as an internal communication tool only
  6. Other un-official blogs like mine
  7. Use of Sharepoint for collaboration – it can be debated whether SharePoint is Web 2.0 since it is not open source but it is widely used and encourages collaboration.

I will add more examples from time-to-time.

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