Friday, February 29, 2008

virtual conference in the healthcare sector

Not many of us, physicians and/or other professionals in the health and biomed sectors aware of the power and the opportunities in the virtual world - Second life
One of the possibilities there is to participate in many professionals meetings and virtual conferences.
This is going to be one of the emerging fields in the health 2.0 sector.
There are inputs from the ground that its going to be a hot trend.
One of these input is the virtual presentation/demo that gives a general introduction for the next virtual Himms coference this year.
It will be the second conference while the first one took place in May 2007.
If you are looking for more detailes for the next coming conference just visit here:

Im not sure on base of which platform this virtual conference is going to be but its similiar to the platform of an Israeli SU called Unisfair.
Recently Unisfair raised another 10M$ from Norwest Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital so it seems that some strong players think its a promising field.
Its interesting to read about experience with this virtual conference.
One of the sides are the organizers. here is a link for a short interview with an organizer ( its not an health conference but it can give us some ampiric detailes concerning these virtual meetings).

In the near future im sure we will see more applications and web platforms combining the virtual world to the health/medical sector and vice versa.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Give your patients advice - "How to find high qualified medical content"

How to find the exact medical information is a challenge both to professionals and patients/consumers.

The developement of health 2.0 sites may help some for organization the medical content on the web but it will not solve the problem :
Existence of unproven and uncorrect content.

If we are looking from the patients eyes its important also for us , the physicians, that the consumers will look for "good" materials on the web. It can solves problems of communication with the people on the other side of the table ( lets remember that everyone is on the same side anyhow).
Communication between the doctor and the patient is one of the key factor for treatment success.
I found lately this new article posted on CNN/Health .
Its trying to summarize some good advices for those patients who looks for medical content on the web (It seems that everyone are doing this).

This article is important for the professionals as one of their roles is to guide their patient in every aspect concerning medicine /helth/ preventive medicine

Ifound this article summarize this issue in simplicity and brightness way.
It gives some affiliation sites as well.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Learning anatomy on the web

Nextdimension released lately their new version of Anatomy lab - Anatomy labll

Application features :

1. High level resolution models -3D models
2.Full detailed sections including several thousand parts of bones, muscles and ligaments.
3. Ability to Add your own anatomical content and share it with students, colleagues or other AnatomyLab users globally.
4. Ability to Dissect the model and create your own customized building blocks


Single liscence costs 540 Euros
There are package deals for groups/ classes

This is another interesting application among others in the anatomical e-learning sector.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Doccheck - Another community for Healthcare professionals

The official numbers are impressive for niche social community such as Doccheck - more than 500,000 users.
Its probably the leading healthcare community in Europe . The origin is from Germany.
These days they are intending to enlarge their community by openning their platform in variety of countries around the globe.It means offering multilingual platform and some related content in each country site.
Although the community is spreading today outside Europe the beginning was in Germany.
The Firms public information is that as 50 % of the german physician are members in this site. I presume that some of them are not really active.

Doccheck Faces is a simple Health/Medical 2.0 community .They are giving all the traditional applications of "web 2.0 community".
Their strength is of being the first in the neighborhood(Europe) . Maybe even being a "simple platform" is helping them with the busy consumers- the physicians.In the other hand this is their weakness as well - They must find out themselves again.Many others are oferring the same application.

Note :

Their have a unique database by offering to their registrated members a password system who used to control access to over 1700 websites with professional related content.

By my opinion their UI design is lacking

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Trusera - Consumers for consumers

Trusera its quite new health 2.0 start- up.

The Seattle-based Health/medical 2.0 company released only last december their beta version.

What is it ? :

A free invitation-only network of people who care about health.
Its about connecting consumers who experienced variety of medical conditions and treatments with others who are seeking for advices or looking to meet others which had "been there".

Their firs role is to gather a critical mass of experienced pepole who will be the central core of the platform. They shall have to attract all the others.
Its like trying to capture the "middle zone" . Not only consumers to consumers or professional to consumers but unprofessional people who collected enough reliable information through and by their own life experience. is privately held with funding by a team of angel investors with experience from, Expedia, WashingtonMutual etc.
Until now they raised nearly 2M$ .

Sunday, February 3, 2008

A new section called - Pharma 2.0

Its about a new project called .
Its aim to be a pioneer in a new section called Pharm 2.0. is going to be an advanced Web 2.0 pharmaceutical news portal.
The concept is simple : to create an on line submission platform for pharmaceutical news.
Saring and spreading the wisdom of crowds concerning this sector.
There is also ability for voting for the articles/news so if you want you can also call it the "" for the pharmaceutical sector.
So nothing unique with the technology, design or concept but still can give added value for those who have special interests in the pharma world, and as you know there are a lot of them.