Facebook Influenza Tracking Project

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: c.paton@auckland.ac.nz
Chen Lou: cluo012@aucklanduni.ac.nz

HIMSS Webinar on Health IT Economic Stimulus

himss webinar

HIMSS are running a series of Webinars (free to members) about the Health IT stimulus in the US:


Using IT to deliver improved patient outcomes

Dr Mo Al-Ubaydli is helping organise a very interesting looking conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on May 19th.

Part one
Improving patient care with the EPR

Louise Liang, MD
SVP forQuality andClinical Systems Support
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, USA

John Coulthard
Director Healthcare and Life Sciences
Microsoft UK

Dr Lola Ruiz
Clinical Director,
HP Healthcare, Spain

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
CEO, Patients Know Best

Part two
Technology transformation in clinical practice

Tore Indreråk
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

Paul Sutton
CEO, South East Coast Ambulance Service

RSVP to admin@2020health.org

Medicine 2.0, Toronto, Sept 17-18, 2009

Medicine 2.0 Congress

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 Blogs from HIMSS 09 in Chicago

Prof. Jim Warren, Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland has been blogging from HIMSS 09 in Chicago:

Prof Jim WarrenIt’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

Who’s Blogging HIMSS 09?

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)
Pharm Aid
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn from Health Populi
Ben from TempDev
Business Technology Blog
John from Chilmark Research
Ben Mehling from Medsphere
John Sharp
Neil Versel
Dr Joe Kim
Oliver Emmler
Shelly from Legacy Data Access
Microsoft’s Bill Crounse
Dr Val
Tim J Edwards

Plus – watch videos from HIMSS from EMR Update