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We need: cheap as chips AEDs

I am starting a new series of blog posts that I’ll call – We need. This is where I will be musing about things the World in a broad sense needs to be a better place. I will not be writing science fiction, but aim to write about what we can achieve soon, with the technology we already have, if we were just a bit more creative and bold.

My first article is about saving human lives with cheap Automated External Defibrillators.
Cheap as chips AED
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Webicina smartphone app

Webicina app
My dear colleague dr. Bertalan Mesko, better known as Berci, who just happens to be one of the best medical bloggers out there, has recently published his own smartphone app. You see, apart from running a super successful blog called ScienceRoll, Berci is the founder and managing director of Webicina, a site that has been helping physicians enter the web 2.0 era and empowering patients to find medically reliable content online. Webicina curates online medical resources in social media for free in over 15 languages in over 80 medical specialties and conditions, and is now also available on the phone near you. Webicina mobile application makes it easier to access these selected resources on smartphones and also includes a Health 2.0 Quiz which was designed to help empowered patients and medical professionals know more about the world of medicine and social media.

I have been testing the app on my iPhone, however it will soon also be available for other mobile platforms as well. For now you can download it for free in the iTunes store. The app is very nicely designed, and the cool thing is that you can browse through all the listed resources inside the app, without the need to go back and forward between your web browser. In just a few minutes of playing around with it, I found some great new resources and reminded myself of all the great content inside the Emergency Medicine category in which this blog is also featured. I can already see that I will be spending many hours exploring valuable new content on my phone using Webicina app, and if you want to stay on top of your game in your field, I strongly suggest you do the same.

Thank you Berci for providing such a wonderful, easy to use and free application for medical professionals and patients!

Learn more about Webicina.

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Dilbert & Medicine

You all know about Dilbert, right? The guy with a white dress shirt, black trousers and a red-and-black striped tie?

From WIkipedia:

Dilbert is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring the engineer Dilbert as the title character. The strip has spawned several books, an animated television series, a computer game, and hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise items. Adams has also received the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1997 for his work on the strip. Dilbert appears in 2000 newspapers worldwide in 65 countries and 25 languages.

Well from time to time Scott Adams pokes medicine and doctors in Dilbert. And since this is very amusing and funny to me, I wanted to share the top 10 Dilbert strips about Medicine & Doctors.

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Mobile Monday Amsterdam impressions

Ivor Kovic @Mobile Monday Amsterdam Several day ago I came back home after presenting at the Mobile Monday Amsterdam event titled Mobile Health. That is me on the left 🙂

I am still impressed by the whole thing. First of all I have to congratulate the organizers (Marc, Yuri, Maarten, Sam, and Martijn) for doing a great job. They fully supported all the speakers from the first contact to the end of the event. The venue where the event took place was an actual church, De Duif, and it was a spectacular choice. From the moment I entered it, I was just blown away. Beautiful light, colors, art, atmosphere. Everything was ready for a great event. I was the first speaker to present after a short break in the middle of the program, and I had so much fun doing it. Mostly because of the crowd which was very educated and full of interesting people. It was such a delight to present to them.

Ivor Kovic @Mobile Monday Amsterdam In my talk, that is me on the right 🙂 I focused on demonstrating how mobile technology has changed the way medical workers treat patients. I started with the most basic examples like the ability to alert emergency medical services with the mobile phone, moved on to more advance staff like accessing the electronic patient record using a smart phone, and finished with demonstrating two cool extensions used to hack the iPhone and give it additional functions useful in medicine. One of these hacks is actual a project of my own, which I will be writing more about soon. For now you can check out my slideshow, although a video of my talk should soon be available as well.

By the way, be sure to check out slideshows from all other presenters who appeared in the event. Slideshare even put the spotlight on the event on their front page.

Also take a look at some gorgeous photographs from the event taken by Hidde van der Lijn.

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Speaking at Mobile Monday Amsterdam

Mobile Monday Amsterdam I will be speaking at the 14th event of the Mobile Monday chapter in Amsterdam titled Mobile Health. This event will take place on 25th of January with doors opening at 3pm and presentations running until 7pm with a half hour break. Even if you cannot be there, be sure to check out the livestream or watch all videos, talks and presentations afterward on MoMo Amsterdam website. You do not want to miss this, because some extraordinary people will take part in this event. I myself will be talking about mobile technology from a doctor’s standpoint, and try to give an overview of how this technology has influenced the way we treat patients today.

Here is the complete lineup:

Mobile Monday Amsterdam is a chapter of Mobile Monday Global. The chapter has over 3200 members since May, 2007 from different backgrounds (operator, developers, agencies, media, FMCG) all active in the development of the Mobile Lifestyle. Every other month Mobile Monday Amsterdam organizes a network event with visionary speakers and practical cases.

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Living in Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

Follow Doctors Without Borders on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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