At the National Institute for Health Innovation at Auckland University, we’re running a new research project looking at using Social Media to track flu symptoms. We’ve written an application for Facebook that allows users to input whether or not they have flu symptoms. We’ll then track the users over the weeks to see how long their symptoms last and track their location by IP address.
If you have time to be part of the study, please sign up at:
This study is an HRC funded Summer Studentship project by Dr Chris Paton (supervisor) and Chen Lou (medical student) at the National Institute for Health Innovation, a research unit at Auckland University. Please contact Chris or Chen at the emails below if you want more information:
Dr Chris Paton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chen Lou: email@example.com
HIMSS are running a series of Webinars (free to members) about the Health IT stimulus in the US:
Dr Mo Al-Ubaydli is helping organise a very interesting looking conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on May 19th.
Improving patient care with the EPR
Louise Liang, MD
SVP forQuality andClinical Systems Support
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, USA
Director Healthcare and Life Sciences
Dr Lola Ruiz
HP Healthcare, Spain
Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
CEO, Patients Know Best
Technology transformation in clinical practice
Head of ICT Helsebygg Midt Norge
Prof John Morgan
Professor of Cardiac Rhythm Management,
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
Prof Ricky Richardson
Consultant Paediatrician and Visiting Professor
of eHealth at Imperial College and VP, International
Society for Telemedicine and ehealth
CEO, South East Coast Ambulance Service
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medicine 2.0 conference in Toronto Canada is now accepting submissions for abstracts and panel presentations. Abstract submission deadline is May 15th 2009. Submit your proposal here.
There are also two prizes for best abstract, the IMIA Medicine 2.0 Award and the JMIR Medicine 2.0 Award. Click here for more information.
Prof. Jim Warren, Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland has been blogging from HIMSS 09 in Chicago:
It’s the world’s largest health software exhibit; and it looks it, too. More than once I was simply lost in the acres of vendor booths, and equally felt a surge of vertigo when looking out over the forest of vendor banners – Siemens, Perot Systems, Allscripts, etc., etc., etc. Somehow the vertigo seems to increase after they start giving away drinks around 4.30pm.
Nonetheless, the opportunity for hours of back-to-back demos, all in one spot, is just wonder and so informative. Before talking about personal highlights from the demos, I might mention a couple of the keynote presentations.
If you want technical presentations that take you to the leading edge of methods of information in medicine, go to the AMIA Annual Symposium, not HIMSS. For glitz and big names in the plenaries, however, HIMSS has AMIA beat to the nth degree.
Read Jim’s blog post in full on the NIHI Blog
So, who’s blogging from HIMSS09 in Chicago?
Karen Day is holding up NIHI’s blogging effort here: http://nihi.net.nz – her blog on Day 2 of HIMSS is here.
Apart from Karen, bloggers around the world are covering the event. There are several ways to scan the blogosphere for HIMSS goodies:
1. Read the HIMSS tag page at wordpress.com
2. Do a search on Google Blogsearch for HIMSS
3. Read the Technorati tag page for HIMSS
4. Catch up on the latest tweets about HIMSS on Twitter
Here’s a selection of blog posts from the past 24 hours or so. Lots of talk about achy feet and general buzz around at HIMSS this year. Could it be something to do with the Obama Stimulus Package??
Matthew Holt from the Healthcare Blog
Mr Histalk (and Inga)
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn from Health Populi
Ben from TempDev
Business Technology Blog
John from Chilmark Research
Ben Mehling from Medsphere
Dr Joe Kim
Shelly from Legacy Data Access
Microsoft’s Bill Crounse
Tim J Edwards
Plus – watch videos from HIMSS from EMR Update
Dr Karen Day from the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Health Innovation is blogging her experiences from HIMSS 09 in Chicago: http://nihi.net.nz/