Should Medical Software Be Free?

I’ve been looking a lot at open source medical software and business models recently. Co-incidentally, there’s a new book by Chris Anderson (Editor of Wired and author of ‘The Long Tail’) on the subject of products being free:

Google Health Login -> Google Coop Health Page

The previously non-functioning Google Health Login is now directing to the Google Coop Health section.

Super-speed internet could help Telemedicine

Japan has recently launched a new Satellite capable of providing internet connectivity at speeds of 1.2GB/sec around the world.

The satellite will initially focus on the Asia-Pacific region around Japan.

“Among other uses, this will make possible great advances in telemedicine, which will bring high-quality medical treatment to remote areas, and in distance education, connecting students and teachers separated by great distances,” JAXA said.

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Health Informatics selected as Grand Challenge for the 21st Century

Leading tech visionaries and futurists such as Google’s Larry Page and J. Craig Venter have chosen the advancement of Health Informatics as one of the 14 most important engineering challanges of the 21st century.

Other important challenges identified by the National Acadamy of Engineering include reverse engineering the brain and making solar energy economical.

Web 2.0 and Medicine

Bertalan Meskó has uploaded his Web 2.0 and Medicine talk from the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference:

[splashcast MPWF5381CE]

(Spotted this via a tweet by Richard MacManus pointing to his blog post – Twitter is a useful way to get snippets of info on subjects you are interested in)

Google Android $10m Competition

Google have announced a $10 million fund for new Google Android apps. Lots of potential for medical apps – portable EMRs and PHRs, drug references, etc…

If you haven’t seen Google Android yet: