Friday, November 30, 2007

Another indication for the health 2.0 trend

I wrote last week that the rumor is spreading :

Health 2.0 is becoming as a known niche outside the professionals world.

Today im showing you even a strong indication for this:
A post from the well known and respected Tech blog - readwriteweb.

It was about finding your personal medical information- from the patient eyes.
The theme was diabetes but this was only a start point for making a nice review concerning the health/medical 2.0 world.
So, its about time that our niche/sector will have a respected place in the web 2.0 world.

I can mention another indication for the trend. In the blog Somewhat Frank that is covering general technology and web 2.0 issues there was post about Healt 2.0 few days ago.Frank Gruber wrote and reviewed some of the health 2.0 SU and applications that exist.

For us, it can be a nice and positive sign that we are moving forward to an higher step.
The general population, the consumers and our patient are going to discover more and more the health 2.0 sector.
This trend will be the biggest booster for everyone in this field.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The influence of the Health 2.0 trend

I noticed about an interesting post on Gigaom related to the Health/medical 2.0 sector.

First, its another indication for the growing up of this sector. Gigaom is one of the popular and respectable blogs concerning the web world including web 2.0 .

Second, the post concentrated about ventures arising in Germany. Its another indication for the rising popularity concerning Health 2.0.Its not only in the states but it live and kicking all over the world.

Third, its about the ventures that was discussed in the post. They are all on the concept of rating Physicians and medical procedures.

Its interesting because its so easy today arranging algorithm observing and ranking physician but the question is if it will give added value to the patients/consumers.
Because ,how can you rate quality of medical service in ampiric numbers/values?.How can you compare between and calculate academic skills with clinical skills with reputation and years of experience (not mention many others values need to be calculated)?.
Another question is comparing between physicians on the base of prices.
The author mention the existקnce of sites which offer the consumers the ability to compare prices and make pre-shopping before theט choose the right doctor.
This can be dangerous in complicated medical service and also be dangerous because as I wrote above how can you compare only by prices alone?. There are so many quality aspects that need to be calculated.
It can cause to canabilazation of some medical sectors.

What do you think about it?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Medicine 2.0 Carnival-New edition

I was thinking today that we are almost celebrating half a year for this carnival (Thanks to Bertalan Mesko , the Founder).

So many things are happaning in the world of health 2.0 . Many new ventures, many other S.U. It seems that this sector is becoming to be a mature one. One of the symptoms for that is so many posts all over the blogsphere that are dedicated to the content of medicine and web. By that fact , this blog carnival is becomung more and more important. Its more complicated but more challenging to give the right scope of "what happaned in the last two weeks in Health 2.0 world".Also we must to be more criticized and ask more questions regarding every new venture which appear to us every second morning.

I think that that we are close to a critical mass of Health 2.0 applications that offer service to professionals and or consumers by using a "traditional" components of web 2.0 ( amazing that some of the web 2.0 components already looks to us as traditional , not mention conservative).We are waiting to see and also contribute to the next generation of the health 2.0 ventures ( im sure they are on the way).

I hope you are dont dislike the fact Im using this stage for some opening sentences in the beginning. I want to offer to some of my friends and collegues to start more "friendly criticize" writing and discussion between us. I also think that C.E.O's in our field can contribute more and more to challenging dialoges.

And now to our carnival's content :

Constructive medicine 2.0 wrote a post that showing how big is the "wave" of medicine 2.0 in the web .He mentioned some example for that. Thanks Rahul for writing about my "meical 2.0 directory" while giving examples for your theme.

Dean Giustini from Open Medicine Blog wrote a post which summerize some aspects and direction who belongs to the "health 2.0 applications for the consumers".Its including the new service which gives the patients the ability to book appointments online.

My friend walter jessen from Highlight Health offered us review about the new Elseviers project for sharing knowledge with consumers, patients ands family members in the fields of biomedical and cancer research.

Its an opportunity to say : "happy birthday" to scienceroll.

Bertalan Mesko worked so hard this year and became one of the central players in the health 2.0 scene.

And as i mentioned his work through its blog I think its worth writing about is post about interesting material on other educational opportunities of Second Life.If you are reading his blog , Bertalan is offering us excellent reviews about the medical materials on this virtual world.
Another interesting post is about Facebook applications in science and medicine. Bertalan summerize for us interesting applications in the health 2.0 world on the big hype- Facebook.

David Rothman showed us some examples of the excellent Google's costum search engines for health information.

BBGM shared with us a cover of a new service started last october in Pubmed :
PubMed users will see links to a drug information resource on over two million citations. PubMed’s AbstractPlus display format includes links to “Patient Drug Information” from MedMaster™.

In Sciencebase there is an important and clever review about Yahoo pipes for scientists.What is Yahoo pipes?.Allow me to cited from the post :
"Yahoo Pipes is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Pipes is a free online service that lets you remix popular feed types and create data mashups using a visual editor. You can use Pipes to run your own web projects, or publish and share your own web services without ever having to write a line of code.”

Microsoft's worldwild health director Bill Crounse, MD, wrote in his blog about the future and opportunities regarding mobile phones and medicine.Regarding my words at the beginning here is a new horizon for the health 2.0 sector.

In web 2.0 and medicine I found nice post dealing with the question : "Why is important to learn about web 2.0 and medicine?".


The is written and edited by the Co-Founders of the health 2.0 conference. Im sure its going to take central place in the nearest future.

Good luck.

Its important to mention their last post regarding web video series called The Digital Health Revoution.

Franky Dolan is the founder of medworm . She started lately writing a personal blog about the health 2.0 world. Its worth mention it for two reasons :
Im sure she has many wise things and ideas to write about them.
As an important contribuer by her medworm project/s.


Maybe is the U.I maybe is the subject, or the magnificant design and graphics, I cant really put my finger on ,but it tooks my attention and I decided its worth to write about it to all of you in this carnival. I had a post about it in my blog and I already add it to Medical 2.0 directory but I recommend all of you to watch and see Visiblebody - the new platform for learning Anatomy by and through the web .

I hope you enjoyed reading this edition
Please, share with me your ideas and thoughts

Next edition is going to be in web 2.0 and medicine

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Scirus topic pages - Scientist sharing their knowledge

Its more a science 2.0 platform than medical 2.0 platform but it has the potential to aggregate a strong professional content.
It is in the Beta phase and its still lack enough content but this is the "magic problem" of many others medical/health 2.0 platforms who are strongly depends on the users traffic and involvement.
Scirus topic pages :
Its contain two majors section :
1. Niche search engine ( There is already strong competition in this field)
2.Platform for collaboration and sharing for scientis. Its based on the concept of open access combined with a Wikis like platform.

Disadvantages :
Without focusing ( search engine , community/sharing platform)
Dont add something unique . Its looks like you see it or hear about it before.
Not so crowded yet (for scientists)

Medical 2.0 directory

As most of you already know we published our directory almost month ago.
One of our goals is to add more new and old platforms and web sites that adjust to the "health 2.0" theme.
We are adding these platforms on a weekly basis .
I want to thanks all of you who are giving us information, advice and sharing with us your knowledge.
Special thanks Im sending to Tiziana Mucci for her great help and dedication.
Tiziana is an Italian Electronic engineer,specializing in the biomedical field.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The twitter guide

Some of you already read in the past my posts concerning micro blogging and health 2.0 .
Today I found an highly productive guide that can gives all of you a good and comprehensive guide about twitter. We should all thanks Caroline Middlebrook which shared with us this guide as part of her blog.

Its contains:
Definition of twitter
Way of using it
Tools (including mobile)
Advices how to "multiply your twitter audience"
And many others things and sections....

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Anatomy E-Learning Tools

Lately I was exposed to two anatomy E-Learning tools.

One of them was introduced already in "Medical 2.0 directory".
It's the Visiblebody.
It will be open to the public in mid November but from what I can observe its going to take central place in the web regarding to Anatomy studies and education.The site will include whole body 3-D model .Its going to be fully interactive and free to use by everyone through the net.

A competitor on the exact field is the already exist web tool for learning anatomy on the web called : AIA 4 (A.D.A.M Interactive Anatomy 4).
Its the fourth version from A.D.A.M company - An interactive web tool for anatomy education and learning.
Contrary to Visiblebody, AIA4 is not free. You can try a demo by filling short register file in their website.
AIA4 offering :
1. 3-D library
2. digital database of detailed anatomical images , including illustrated, fully dissectible male and female bodies.
3.over 570 Clinical Illustrations to apply anatomy learning in a clinical setting.

Its cannot replace the traditional anatomy studies but it can offer great added tools and added value for Med students as others on the field.
It can be a place for so many curious people who desire to learn understand and explore our magnificent human body your on-line storage backup

Although its not an health/medical 2.0 tool and even not a classic web 2.0 tool, is almost an essential one.
By Carbonite you can save some or all of the content that are saved in the hard drive. No more fears from technology disasters .
Yes, I know thats its not a new application. By technology scale its even old one, but on the other hand important one.
For doctors, researchers and other professionals in the medical fields its becoming essential. We are aggregating so many details, information, databases and knowledge (personal one) on the hard drives.
How much of that precious knowledge are we saving? . Probably a minority.
So, this is the answer why this platform is becoming to be part of the health 2.0 revolution. (You should know by now my state of mind regarding this revolution. We are already implemented it in our Medical 2.0 directory by adding general web 2.0 platforms to our lists because they are giving some kind of solution to physician and researchers in they work /professional activities).
BTW : the cost per a year is low and suitable for everyone