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Still more health 2.0

Here is another link in the health 2.0 category:

Visual Medical Dictionary (beta)

There’s a five-minute screencast tutorial of a related Medline/PubMed-based research interface at http://www.curehunter.com/screencast/research/

One of the other health 2.0 offerings I listed in my Sept. 24 post, the Within3 social network for physicians and medical researchers, has a upgrade scheduled for unveiling on Monday.

So there, I’ve just set myself up for a flurry of e-mails from other health 2.0 projects wanting a mention.

On a totally unrelated subject, I stumbled across a Dutch-language healthcare blog today called MedBlog.nl. The site also has an aggregation of English-language healthcare blogs, but that’s not why I call your attention to it. Today’s post has a photo scanned from the Roanoke Times in Virginia of a pregnant woman who “worries about the effect on her unborn child from the sound of jackhammers.” She’s holding a lit cigarette.

And as I was typing that last paragraph, I got a call from a robo-dialer. The recording said, “Please hold for an important call.” The message repeated itself before I hung up. I guess it wasn’t important enough for you to have a live person make the call.

There’s proof once again technology can’t fix broken processes.

October 18, 2007 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Video HITs, cartoon style

I guess it was inevitable, with all the health 2.0 efforts that have come out of the woodwork of late, but the people behind HIT Transition, namely Martin Jensen and Michael Christopher, have had a beta launch of The Health IT Channel, otherwise known as HITCHtv. There are only two videos posted so far (both hosted on YouTube and embedded on the HITCHtv site), but the first seems like it required a bit of effort.

It’s an animated swipe at Microsoft‘s new HealthVault, the product that seemingly everyone but the Redmond Empire itself is calling a personal health record. Without naming names, the parody also makes fun of Dr. Deborah Peel and her Patient Privacy Rights Foundation for endorsing HealthVault.

OK, so Jensen does name Peel in a HIT Transition blog post that explains what he thinks is wrong with HealthVault. Kudos for not hiding behind the shield of anonymity. I’ll add HITCHtv to my blogroll.

In the other video posted so far, Jensen comments on the threat that Wal-Mart poses to traditional healthcare delivery methods. Commentary is fine. Parody is better. Do they have the budget for more cartoons? This 37-year-old fan of Adult Swim sure hopes so.

October 14, 2007 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.