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Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival Edition #33

Medicine 2.0 blog carnival
Welcome to the 33rd edition of Medicine 2.0 blog carnival that focuses on the integration of web 2.0 with our current practice of medicine. I am delighted to be your host this time around and would like to thank Berci Mesko for this opportunity.

I love numbers and 33 is a very beautiful number with many meanings. For this occasion I decided to play around with Medicine 2.0 blog carnival logo, so my dear iMac computer used numbers and complex calculations to transformed it. I took snapshots of specific segments from all of the blogs participating in this edition of Medicine 2.0 blog carnival and from these images a new mosaic image resembling the carnival’s logo has been assembled.

Thanks to the submissions from various bloggers, we have some pretty interesting articles for you. Lets begin immediately, cause I know you are curious.

Interviews

Amy Tenderich, author of DiabetesMine, wanted to know, among other things, if mainstream commercial health platforms from companies like Google and Microsoft are really useful for people with specific chronic illnesses? She conducted two interviews to satisfy her curiosity. First she interviewed Missy Krasner, Product Marketing Manager for Google Health, and later she did the same with Keith Toussaint, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft HealthVault.

People from SugarStats talked with Jennifer McCabe Gorman, one of Health 2.0’s most ‘visible’ online evangelist as they called her. By the way Jennifer wants you to know that her blog, Health Management Rx, is not dead. The reason her posts have been slow is because she is intensively preparing for Health 2.0: User-Generated Healthcare conference, which will be held in San Francisco, California from October 22nd – 23rd 2008.

I have on the other hand conducted an interview with Dr. R.A. Brest van Kempen. This gentleman happens to be the CEO of RS TechMedic, a Dutch company producing medical devices. In the interview he has announced the development of software which will enable physicians to monitor their patients in real time using only an iPhone.

Personal Health Records

Canadian EMR draws our attention to an article published in the Globe and Mail which highlights clinical information that will soon be available to patients in Alberta.

John Sharp, publisher of eHealth blog, has informed us that Google Health has added some web accessibility features to support text readers and enable access to the blind.

Bob Coffield, a health care lawyer and blogger has posted a very interesting article on his Health Care Law Blog. Title of this article, which he co-authored with Jud DeLoss, is “The Rise of the Personal Health Record: Panacea or Pitfall for Health Information” and it has been originally published in the October edition of the Health Lawyers News, a publication of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Be sure to read it if you want to learn more about legal issues around PHRs.

Social media

Ves Dimov of Clinical Cases and Images Blog shows us the beautiful flower of Internet conversation and dares us to count how many petals we have.

Kevin Pho, better known as Kevin M.D., found an article in Newsweek that talks about the potential of Web 2.0 applications in patient-physician communication.

Digital Pathology Blog asks and tries to answer the following question: Is image sharing “social networking” that should be blocked?

Scott Shreeve writes about his relationship with Twitter in Aint that Tweet?

Berci Mesko thinks you might like and find useful the Twitter directory called Just Tweet It.

Gunther Eysenbach, Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, presents the research paper “Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers” and reflectes on the presentation of Kevin Clauson at the Medicine 2.0 congress in Toronto.

New websites

Medgadgdet informs about Pediatric Care Online, designed around the daily clinical needs of pediatric offices.

Joshua Schwimmer tells us about the new nephrology blog named Precious Bodily Fluids.

Change for the better

Dave deBronkart of e-patinets.net admires extraordinary bravery and integrity of the people from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who performed a procedure on the wrong body part and openly shared what happened on their blog.

Medical Education Blog presents a new approach to thinking about how we teach medical students called Application Oriented Curriculum.

There you have it. You read some interesting articles and during the process have boosted your brains, according to new research suggesting that the simple act of Googling may be good for your brain health.

For the end, I would like you to just think about two things. Submitting your articles to one of the future Medicine 2.0 blog carnivals or even hosting one yourself. Everything you need to know can be found on Medicine 2.0 blog carnival.

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Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers

Journal of Medical Internet ResearchI am very proud to announce that my colleagues Ileana Lulic, MD and Gordana Brumini, Phd from Rijeka University School of Medicine and myself have published a new scientific paper. Title of the paper is “Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers” and it was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR).

JMIR is the leading peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal on health and health care in the Internet age. It is top ranked as the #6 journal in the health sciences category (out of 57 leading journals) and #2 in the health informatics category (out of 20 journals). Most importantly, JMIR is an open access journal, meaning that you do not have to pay to access and read articles.

To read our paper just visit the following link: http://www.jmir.org/2008/3/e28/HTML

We have also summarized our findings in a slide show presentation which you can see below.

We would like to thank all the bloggers who participated in our survey and made this research possible.

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Digg-like open peer-review

Medicine 2.0™ is an international conference on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine, organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, CHIRAD, and a number of other sponsoring organizations.

This conference, to be held in Toronto from 4th to 5th September 2008, is a successor of a highly successful “Mednet 2006: 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine” Congress. It will be smaller and oriented only on Web 2.0 in medicine. However, these are not the only differences, because the organizing committee decided to completely change the peer review selection process of the submitted papers.

Consistent with the Web 2.0 theme of the conference, we are experimenting with a new “Digg”-like open peer-review mechanism, allowing any user to vote for submitted abstracts using a simple thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating system, with the additional ability for anyone to sign up as a peer-reviewer for a submitted abstract.

Go ahead and vote for your favorite papers.

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