Scoble Interveiws Christopher Longhurst

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Robert Scoble and Christopher Longhurst chat about Electronic Health Records at Stanford. They discuss the importants of standards and interoperability of medical devices. Great video!

Link to the post on Scobleizer

Link to a shorter version of the interview

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Health Informatics Round-Up

HL7 gets a new CTO, Accenture’s John Quinn.

Jay Parkinson, MD MPH – employs the latest communication technology to offer a new kind of primary care practice.

British Computer Society says ‘One Patient, One Record’ unrealistic.

Archives of Internal Medicine study says Electronic Health Records fail to boost patient care in routine doctor visits.

Microwave Bras designed to help detect breast cancer.

Company ditches telemedicine for online gambling, shifts operations to Ireland.

The NHS IT Project

NHS IT ProjectMy new Health Informatics books have arrived. The first one I’m tackling is ‘The NHS IT Project’ by Sean Brennan.

This book is a great read so far. I particularly enjoyed the vignettes from the point of view of Patient, GP and Consultant. The idea of discovering each morning that yet another patient has been placed on a inappropriate ward on the far end of the hospital and marching the whole medical team down there for a quick check up rang very true. I also remembered a conversation with my registrar who told me not to expect electronic patient records in either of our lifetimes… How quickly things have changed! We now have the NHS NPfIT ‘appearing like an army out of the dark’ to quote the book.

The book goes on to describe the basic structure of the NHS and how the ‘legacy’ systems (many actually only recently introduced) formed the pre-NPfIT NHS IT landscape. Further explanation of the programme and it’s possible benefits and drawbacks are discussed in the latter sections of the book.

The style of writing makes this a very interesting book to read and is highly recommended for anyone interested in health IT projects. If you want to read a sample of the book check out the preview on Google Books.

Web 2.0 in Healthcare

Generated ImageI’ve been watching the Web 2.0 meme for a number of years. I run an online community site that could be said to fit into the Web 2.0 realm. At first, the term Web 2.0 stuck me as a clever bit of ironic marketing: traditional software comes in nicely packaged releases, therefore wouldn’t it be fun to pretend the next ‘version’ of the www has just been released. Well, the marketing worked and the term has gradually come to represent some of the newer and more interesting trends in website construction and use.

 If you want a quick summary of Web 2.0 in Healthcare or ‘Health 2.0’ as it’s now being termed, check out this video from the recent Health 2.0 Conference:

The IMIA has recently set up working group to look at how Web 2.0 is affecting healthcare. There is a portal site at: http://differance-engine.net/imia20/and a new Ning social network: http://imia20.ning.com/

The Medical Librarian’s Association also have a Web 2.0 group and have recently released the results of their  into Web 2.0 usage amoungst librarians: http://sns.mlanet.org/blog/2007/09/24/what-mla-members-told-us-about-social-networking/

There’s also a recent ‘Blog Carnival’ to celebrate Web 2.0 in Health Informatics going on: http://healthinformatics20.blogspot.com/

If you want to keep up-to-date with Web 2.0 in Healthcare, Bertalan Meskó’s Scienceroll is the blog to watch.