Aug 31, 2009

Web 2.0 in health

A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.

With increasing avenues for communication and knowledge dissemination, the practice of health care is changing faster than imagined. Free services like you tube, face book, Wikis, blogs, Twitter, social networks eg. Patientslikeme and a host of other services provide a health consumer with ample information and opinions. No longer is a patient forced to blindly trust his doctor"s judgment. The patient can easily search for more opinions, review personal experiences of friends and strangers plus the latest research studies in the field. This has changed the role of a Doctor to one of facilitator of health, rather than the unquestionable saviour .

E-Health insider has come up with a 108 paged report titled ‘Web 2.0 in the Health Sector: Industry Review with a UK perspective’. {£575.00 (inc VAT)}

The report argues that e-health 2.0 will first and foremost be consumer-led. Health is consistently one of the most searched for subjects online. The application of web 2.0 technologies into health is already challenging traditional doctor-patient relationships and beginning to place far greater power in the hands of consumers. These changes are likely to be rapid and may prove highly disruptive. Further, it concludes that new applications based on social health networks and content generated by health service users themselves - such as reviews of doctors and hospitals – will rapidly evolve to challenge existing healthcare systems and create new ways of delivering healthcare.
The profiles provide a snapshot of innovation across healthcare: from organisations providing online communities for patients with specific conditions, tools for chronic disease management, sites that enable patients to rate the quality of care they receive, together with tools to enable clinicians to better search for and share research data.
No doubt Web2.0 has changed the game, bringing about a total rethink in long established practices.But this is just the beginning.

With Web3.0 and Personalized Medical services like Webicinia and 23andme , internet technologies are bound to change the rules of health care for ever.

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Aug 24, 2009

Using iPhone as CDSS

Technology use has made the practice of medicine more accurate and more precise.One important feature has been knowledge management, in a way to achieve clinical advice for patient care based on number of items of patient data. Broadly called CDSS - Clinical Decision Support systems

"Clinical Decision Support systems link health observations with health knowledge to influence health choices by clinicians for improved health care"
The latest such application (pun intended) is eRoentgen™ for iPhone. It helps doctors order the most appropriate radiology test for their patients based on a diagnosis, sign or symptom.

eRoentgen Radiology DX 1.0- Size:- 1.6 MB
Physicians and other healthcare professionals use eRoentgen™ to choose the most appropriate imaging study for a selected diagnosis or symptom. The eRoentgen™ quickly and easily improves patient safety and the quality of the imaging workup.It is extremely useful in locations which do not have a radiologist to guide a general Physician regarding the most appropriate imaging test to be ordered for further work up of any patient. It reduces wasteful and needless tests, and also improves diagnostic accuracy.

This app can be purchased online or via the iPhone apps store.Priced at $49.99.
This app gets my Vote, for sure.

In addition to eRoentgen™ for iPhone, iAtros is in the process of developing applications for a variety of mobile devices.

Aug 10, 2009

Special Interest Group -SIGGRAPH 2009

SIGGRAPH 2009 is over.(Conference: 3-7 August (Monday through Friday) and Exhibition: 4-6 August (Tuesday through Thursday).
It was sponsored by The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges.Its one of the best scientific animation/hypermedia/multimedia platform in the world.
... to stimulate communication and growth, and foster the fusion and mutual inspiration of science, art, and technology.

It was full of galleries, competitions, events, presentations, Papers and exhibitions. A real feast!
We @markivmedcom / @LastMohican hope to participate the next time round. (2010). Here are Two interesting Interfaces which surfaced in SIGGRAPH 2009.

  • 1) Immersive 3D plus Virtualization to let you move freely in Virtual world- A team from INRIA and Grenoble Universities in France (will) demo a new virtual reality system called Virtualization Gate.

Virtualization Gate that tracks users' movements very accurately using multiple cameras, allowing them to interact with virtual objects with new realism.A user wears a head-mounted display (HMD) and moves through a virtual space while several cameras track his movement. The video here shows a guy kicking over virtual vases and pushing a virtual representation of himself around. A cluster of PCs is needed to perform the necessary image capture and 3D modeling.

MxR works with USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies and the Interactive Media Division at the School of Cinematic Arts. ICT projects create and analyze immersive systems for education and training simulations that incorporate both real and virtual elements. IMD projects push the boundaries of immersive experience design and alternative controllers. The VRPsych Lab and Graphics Lab at ICT are frequent collaborative partners.

HeadSPIN: A One-to-Many 3D Video Teleconferencing System from MxR on Vimeo.

The MxR at the University of Southern California rapidly prototypes and explores techniques and technologies to improve the fluency of human-computer interactions and create visceral synthetic experiences.

Aug 3, 2009

Top 9 e-quipped Hospitals in India


The Cybermetrics Lab recently published their world ranking of hospitals, taking into account the instituion"s activities in field of e-knowledge and their use of digital media for communications.
Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are our primary targets...The Web covers not only only formal (e-journals, repositories) but also informal scholarly communication.

The Web indicators measure electronic contents, especially those used for scholarly communication, but also basic information about the hospital, its organization, services and personnel. The rank takes into account both the volume of information published and the impact or visibility of such contents measured by the number of external links the web pages receive from others. As expected, about 45 % of top 200 and 38% of top 1000 hospitals are situated in North America.

The Laparoscopy hospital at N.Delhi is the only Indian hospital to figure in the top 100 hospitals from Asia ( 47/100, Asia), and also the only Indian hospital in top 500 worldwide. Amongst the others, Sir Gangaram hospital scores much better than Apollo and Tata Memorial.

L.R.S Institute of Tuberculosis and respiratory diseases records a very enviable world rank of 19, in number of papers and citations visible on Google Scholar., a noteworthy list headed by The Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Below is the list of 9 hospitals from India in the first 2000 worldwide , and their world rankings ( as per Cybermetrics Lab).




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