Archive for July, 2008

Medpedia: A New Model for Health Information

Creating the worlds largest body of health information on the web is no easy feat but Internet entrepreneurs are teaming with doctors, researchers and other medical professionals to create Medpedia – a Wikipedia for health. According to an article in today’s LA Times, the website which is in its beginning stages is being written and [...]

Technology That Adapts

The basic premise of most technologies is that people need to adapt to the technology to make it function at an optimal level. But shouldn’t it ultimately be the other way around? A paper presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Chicago this week describes a system that for the first [...]

Physician Information on the Web

Just how important is it for physicians to review their online profile? Have you Googled yourself to find out what information is available and how it is presented? Chances are that your patients have done this. According to the current JAMA, authors Tristan Gorrindo, MD and James E. Groves, MD from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, [...]

Studying The Impact of the InterWeb

A new organization has been formed to study the impact of the World Wide Web. The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) is a joint endeavour between the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. It was formed by Sir [...]

Technology and Smoking Cessation

There is a great deal of information on the Internet about smoking and a number of websites that offer self-help programs for those who wish to give up smoking, but interesting and new technologies are emerging to motivate quitters and help physicians track the progress. Software The Handheld Computer Smoking Intervention Tool (HCSIT) was developed [...]

EHR Implementation Timeline

So how long does it take to implement an EHR in a clinical practice? According to an article in MedPage Today, approximately 2 years. Consultant Rosemarie Nelson offers an interesting discussion on the steps and timeline needed to make it happen. Her article applies more to group practices but offers some valuable insights into the [...]