I’m collecting as many videos and presentations as I can find and uploading them to my new Ning website:
Take a look and if there’s a cool video you know about, feel free to add it on. If you are already a Ning user, log in and click ‘Add a Video’.
Interesting commentary on the New England Journal of Medicine article about new commercial PHRs published in the NYT:
In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.
The authors, Dr. Kenneth D. Mandl and Dr. Isaac S. Kohane, are longtime proponents of the benefits of electronic patient records to improve care and help individuals make smarter health decisions.
But their concern, stated in the article published Wednesday and in an interview, is that the medical profession and policy makers have not begun to grapple with the implications of companies like Microsoft and Google becoming the hosts for vast stores of patient information.
The arrival of these new corporate entrants, the authors write, promises to bring “a seismic change” in the control and stewardship of patient information.
David Cameron recently gave a speech where he expressed his preference for Open Standards and Open Source Software such as Linux for use in the NHS and other government projects:
We will follow private sector best practice which is to introduce ‘open standards’ that enables IT contracts to be split up into modular components. So never again could there be projects like Labour’s hubristic NHS supercomputer. And we will create a level playing field for open source software in IT procurement and open up the procurement system to small and innovative companies…
…look at the private sector’s take-up of open source software, developed collectively by a community of individuals, universities and small and large firms from around the world.
They build the product, suggest improvements, check the source code and critique each others’ work.
Linux, the open source pioneer, is now the fastest growing operating system in the world, and even IBM is basing their new hardware on it.
Information liberation could be hugely beneficial in the new economy.
After all, what are the great new giants of the internet – from Myspace to eBay – but information processing systems?
HC 2008 in Harrogate is taking place on 21-23 April.
A 3 day conference and exhibition for everyone involved in handling and managing information in healthcare. Matthew Swindells, Department of Health’s acting chief information officer, has been confirmed as the opening speaker at HC2008. He is expected to talk in his keynote presentation on the strategic role of information in the NHS, and, in particular, the part it plays in supporting and delivering changes described in the interim ‘Darzi review’.
Discovered this via David Rothman’s Twitter stream: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Magazine have an article about AskDrWIki:
Wiki is a Hawaiian word for “fast”, and cardiologist Ken Civello, MD, is all about fast. When he wants information, he wants it pronto. And a year ago, he decided to do something about it.
Along with cardiology colleagues Brian Jefferson, MD, Shane Bailey, MD, and Michael
McWilliams, MD, Dr. Civello established AskDrWiki.com, a non-profit, grassroots, physician-run, physician-maintained online community to publish review articles, clinical notes and medical images.
Modeled after the popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, the four doctors thought it would be a great way to share information with each other. Doctors have been consulting each other for years. Dr. Civello thinks those consults don’t always have to be face to face. When the idea came to him, Dr. Civello says it was truly like a light bulb appeared above his head. “In medicine we are constantly looking to share information across long distances,” he says. “I couldn’t believe no one ever thought of this before.”
For those who missed this report:
Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s a video about OpenMRS being used in Uganda: