Full Text of Obama’s Speech to the AMA

Full text of the speeach that President Obama gave to the AMA:

AMEE 2008

I’ve just arrived back in New Zealand after an enjoyable and productive trip to Prague in the Czech Republic for AMEE 2008. On the way back I stopped off at the Medicine 2.0 conference in Toronto, but more about that later.

I was at AMEE 2008 to present about using Online Communities in medical education and I talked about my use of communities for supporting university papers (e.g. Web 2.0 Summer School at Otago University), professional communities (e.g. Health Informatics Forum) and communities of medical students (e.g. New Media Medicine).

I was also there to meet up with the MEFANET team to discuss international collaboration on medical e-learning projects. We met up with MEFANET organisers and Julien Broisin from ARIADNE at the ‘Faust’ house at Charles University Medical School.

MEFANET is a new collaborative networks of 10 European medical schools with the aim of sharing e-learning content and technology. The network is already up and running and appears to have a good uptake from the schools involved. They have a number of learning ‘objects’ that the schools have shared with each other and have a single sign on, managed using the shibboleth software.

There was also a wide range of presentations on e-learning at the conference from other groups and universities. There seems to be a lot of progress in some areas and a lack of progress in others. Many universities are now using learning content management systems and allowing students access to internal e-learning content, but there appears to be some reticence about opening up communities and learning resources to outside users.

I found the work of the eVIP group to be particularly interesting. They are aiming to create a bank of electronic virtual patient scenarios that can be shared between partner universities. They also seem to be generating useful research on the problem of patient consent and anonymisation which appears to be very much in demand.

All in all, it was a very successful conference, with attendees from all over the world. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed and Prague was a wonderful venue. I’m looking forward to watching the development of MEFANET and the other e-learning initiatives demonstrated at the conference.

Medicine 2.0 Conference

JMIRGunther Eysenbach has announced the date and location of his latest conference and accompanying theme issue of JMIR:

Medicine 2.0


Call for Papers: Medicine 2.0 – How social networking and Web 2.0 technologies revolutionize health care, wellness, clinical medicine and biomedical research

In the past few years we have seen the rapid evolution of new tools and programming techniques collectively called “Web 2.0 tools”, which facilitate the development of collaborative and user-friendly Web applications.
Typically, the Web 2.0 is a term which refers to a) improved communication between people via social-networking technologies, b) improved communication between separate software applications (“mashups”) via open Web standards for describing and accessing data, and c) improved Web interfaces that mimic the real-time responsiveness of desktop applications within a browser window. Semantic web applications (sometimes called Web 3.0) and 3D environments (Second Life) can also be seen as second generation Web technologies.
These technologies have led to a flurry of new applications and speculation on their potential to revolutionize health care and the entire spectrum of health and medicine – from consumer-led preventive medicine, home care, to clinical care. This coincides with a strong push towards personal health records, with major players such as Microsoft and Google entering the scene. High-profile takeovers and valuations of companies such as YouTube or Facebook also have led to a flurry of investment activities – Venture Capitalists are once again investing in Web start-ups, but much of the linguistics and hype is reminiscent of the Web 1.0 bubble in the late 90ies.
As academics, we have the responsibility to look beyond the hype, and to dissect what works and what doesn’t.
As the leading peer-reviewed journal in eHealth, JMIR, together with a number of sponsoring organizations, is currently preparing the first academic international “Medicine 2.0”TM conference on Sept 4th/5th 2008 in Toronto (MaRS Conference Centre). (to receive more information about this conference please register with this site). Note that with the term “medicine” we do not necessarily mean clinical medicine, but also preventive medicine, and the part of “medicine” which is the consumers’ responsibility.
This cutting edge conference will bring together academics and business leaders and is hoped to catalyze new collaborations between academia, health providers, and the private sector.
We envision this to be an annual conference, with peer-reviewed contributions, panels, and invited speakers, focussing on “next generation medicine”, which incorporates ideas of collaboration and consumer empowerment.
To celebrate the first Medicine 2.0 conference in 2008, JMIR will publish a “Medicine 2.0” Theme Issue focussing on Web 2.0 applications for health, health care, and the future of medicine. We will publish peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, tutorials, and viewpoints (opinion articles).

NEW Submission deadline for full articles: March 3rd, 2008.

Examples for topics that are within the scope of the theme issue as well as the conference include the following:

• Collaborative Filtering and recommender technologies
• Consumer empowerment
• Personal health records and Web 2.0
• New models of academic / scholarly publishing and peer review, e.g. what is the role of blogs and wikis?
• New models of e-learning, patient education, medical training and continuing medical education
• Youth and digital learning
• Business models in a Web 2.0 environment: User-generated content is free – so who makes money how? What is the role of the private sector?
• Developing and nurturing online communities for health
• The nature and dynamics of social networks
• Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring, public health and biosurveillance
• How patient – physicians relationship change based on Web 2.0 platforms
• Virtual health care learning environments (web 3D: eg second health
and the ALIVE project at U of Southern Queensland, Australia)
• Use of Web 2.0 applications in health care and education (eg
YouTube…UC Berkeley is the first US university to put lectures
online via YouTube)
• Semantic Web applications

Prospective authors are encouraged to send an email with the title and an abstract to the editor at geysenba at gmail.com (email subject: “Medicine 2.0 theme issue”).
We also welcome inquiries regarding potential speakers and co-sponsoring organizations of the Medicine 2.0 conference.

Manuscripts must follow the Instructions for Authors. Note that JMIR is an Open Access journal and our regular publication fees apply (submission fee and – for non-institutional members – Article Processing Fee in case of acceptance).

To submit, please register as author and make sure to select the section “Special Theme Issue: Medicine 2.0” when you submit the paper.

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Welcome to the Health Informatics Blog!

Hi Folks,

Welcome to the new Health Informatics Blog! This blog will be covering news and developments in the field of Health Informatics.

I’m a Lecturer in Health Informatics at Otago University in New Zealand and am currently working on a PhD looking at EHR and e-Learning standards.