Google came up with a new feature that lets us decide should happen to our photos, e-mails and documents when we stop using our account. If you don’t log into your account for a specified period of time (I used 3 months), trusted contacts you add will get a chance to download your data. I now set it up just in case.
You might want your data to be shared with a trusted friend or family member, or, you might want your account to be deleted entirely. There are many situations that might prevent you from accessing or using your Google account. Whatever the reason, we give you the option of deciding what happens to your data.
I’ve been using Google Reader for many years to check the latest updates of my favorite online resources (over 400 of them) by RSS. Checking these RSS feeds is an important part of my work. Therefore I was more than surprised when Google Reader alerted me Google would shut it down on the 1st of July.
I know social media has changed a lot and we actually follow news through our communities. I know because I use those social channels for even crowdsourcing in medicine. But I very much need structure and order when I have to check thousands of news items every single day.
This structure has been provided by Google Reader, but now I have to find another solution. I just cannot believe Google couldn’t finance it any more, I’m pretty sure there has to be a more serious reason in the background which, maybe as a feature, we will see soon on Google+.
Mark my words, RSS is not dead. For those who are happy to find relevant news pieces accidentally online, it’s been already dead. For those who want to filter the web with strategy, RSS is still the only viable and efficient solution. I even teach these methods at the medical school.
I’m now experimenting with Feedly as it offered a very smooth transition from Google Reader to their service. If you have any other suggestions, I would really appreciate it.
People have been thinking about the potential ways Google Glass could be used in medicine and healthcare. Even though it will probably be bad for your eyes, early testers seemed to love using it and didn’t feel it would distract them from anything. A few examples how it could be used in the future:
- Displaying the patient’s electronic medical records real-time.
- Assisting the doctor in making the diagnosis with evidence-based and relevant information from the medical literature.
- Recording every operation and procedure from the doctors perspective. Every movement of doctors will be archived and screened for potential mistakes. (I know it’s harsh.)
- Based on the lab tests of the patient, it will give an estimated prognosis and suggest next steps in the treatment.
- Live consultations with colleagues as they will be able to see what I see live.
- It will guide users through all the steps during an emergency situation. It could save lives if used by laypeople.
- It will suggest treatment plans based on the patient’s genomic data.
Hopefully, Google Glass will not be only a smartphone attached to our glasses:
Such mobile technologies will make a much more significant impact on the practice of medicine than any smartphone applications so far. Fujitsu’s Generation walking stick that features GPS technology to track and monitor users was a big hit at the recent Mobile World Congress, just to come up with one example.
But what about the company that could revolutionize the use of mobile phones in healthcare? Apple is working on iWatch, a smart watch that could be used for consultations, as a pager or even for displaying fresh lab test results from the patients. While it can be a hit as well, I’m pretty sure Google Glass will rule this market for some time.
Moreover, imagine all these technologies with IBM Watson being the brain behind them. It seems Watson will eventually fit on a smartphone and diagnose illness. If Watson could be used by Google Glass, iWatch or any other disruptive mobile technologies, even though medical professionals will have to go through the traditional educational systems, the revolution of the practice of medicine will be imminent.
Do you want to become better at searching online? The advice I give to my students is that it works just like with other skills: You need to practice more and more. The best way is to do this in an organized manner and that’s what “A Google A Day“, a new game on Google+ provides.
It asks you special questions in many topics and you have to find the solution through online search. It will give you hints or even show you the right search terms.
You can also check the Google Story prezi with post-test in The Social MEDia Course.
Google Now plans to answer the questions we haven’t even asked yet. It it works, it will be a crucial platform in medicine and healthcare by facilitating the workflow of doctors and the way patients search for information.
Joshua Schwimmer, the most famous kidney doctor and blogger, had an interview with the Google team about using Google Book Search in medical education:
Yesterday, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced the launch of Project Glass which should be commercially available in 2013 for $1500.
Brin noted that Project Glass is what Google believes could be the next form factor of computing. As it stands now, many of us are willingly beholden to our smartphones with all the web browsing, twittering, pathing, instagramming and whatever else consuming most of our time. Human interaction has all but faded away. The fact that people play the “stacking game” is comical and cute but a sign of how infatuated we are with technology. Glass has the potential to buck that trend by “keeping people in the moment,” said Steve Lee, Product Manager for Glass. Brin also mentioned that Glass shouldn’t be used to fill idle time or to browse the web and that your phone or tablet perfectly fits those needs.
Let’s imagine in what areas it could help in medicine and healthcare.
- Immediate cross check regarding medical decisions (drug interactions, checklists): when a doctor makes a decision, he/she could look up and see the potential problems through the glasses.
- Live operations recorded from the surgeon’s point of view.
- Immediate consultation with other doctors worldwide.
- Better time management through the constant suggestions and tips through the glasses
What about your ideas?
Have you realized that now scientisits can create Google Scholar profiles and receive citation reports automatically? It saves plenty of time and efforts. Great service!
This video has been circulating in many of my social media networks in the past couple of days. It shows how glasses could include augmented reality and Google’s online services mashed up:
Imagine this in the OR when doctors can “see through” patients by mixing the picture they see and radiology images. Then imagine adding additional information and accessing those through eye movements.