The 7th week of my Internet in Medicine university course was dedicated to healthcare in social media and also collaboration online.
First slideshow: Healthcare in social media
- What is social media, web 2.0 and the difference between them
- Focusing on 3 topics:
- 1) hospitals in social media
Lee Aase’s slideshow about Mayo Clinic
- 2) doctors promoting practices via social media
- Describing Hello Health
- Why doctors can organize their practices properly?
- Homepage = reputation
- 3) science 2.0
- problems with impact factors and presenting article level metrics
Take-home message: Doctors, hospitals and scientists use social media for different purposes. Find your strategy and the proper tools.
Second slideshow: Collaboration Online
- Collaboration so far: mails, e-mails, back and forth, etc.
- Now: docs.google.com (how to edit, open, save, publish, etc)
- What kind of offline tools we have to substitute online?
- Table = wiki
- White board = Twitter
- Notes = Google Docs
- Talk = Skype
- And many more: Google Groups, blogs, Friedfeed rooms, Ning.com, Flickr.com…
- Sharing examples: writing manuscripts with Google Docs; finding collaborators on Friendfeed.com, etc.
Take-home message: There are no boundaries of collaboration any more.
The 6th week of the world’s first university accredited course focusing on medicine and social media was dedicated to virtual reality in medicine.
A shorter version of the original slideshow with my own narration:
- More than 20 million users, 30,000,000 online hours
- What does SL mean for people?
- It used to mean gambling (but not now)
- Game? work? (The number of Second Life residents generating more than $5,000 in monthly income has more than quadrupled to 116 in the past year, according to San Francisco’s Linden Lab, owner of Second Life.); place?; tool?; entertainment?; sport?; opportunity?; appearance?
- Technological barriers: register, download, install, open, log in
- You can fly, walk, teleport, buy, sell, build.
- Communication (chat, IM, e-mail, voice)
- advantages (3D, media content, fast communication – SL fitness)
- disadvantages (reliability, serious hardware requirement)
- why do we need a SL?
Take-home message: great opportunities for patients and medical professionals as well.
Take-home message: Second Life provides useful tools to organize meetings, educate and learn without borders.
Free e-guide about medicine and virtual worlds on Webicina.
The 5th week of the Internet in Medicine university accredited course was focusing on e-patients and medical communities.
First slideshow: The world of e-patients
- Who is a good patient? (referring to I am a good patient, believe it or not; Alejandro R Jadad, Carlos A Rizo, Murray W Enkin; BMJ 2003;326:1293-1295 (14 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1293 )
- Types of patients: the powerful other; external controller, internal controller or google patient or brainsucker or googlers
- An e-patient is equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equal and expert.
- Examples (several stories) including maartensjourney.com, Jen, Kerri and many more
- What do e-patients use? Websites (Web MD), blogs (fightpompe.com, sixuntilme.com); Second Life (Healthinfo Island), services (sugarstats.com or traineo.com)
- Community sites:
- Patientslikeme.com: Featuring the research they’re doing
- imedix.com: real-time chat
- dlife.com: biggest diabetic community
- What to do with medical charts and papers? Introduction to the world of personal health records (Google Health, Microsoft Healthvault).
- How does a community work? I posted a message on Twitter, Kerri replied to it and made a video message for the students.
Many thanks to e-Patient Dave deBronkart who also had his voice heard:
Other videos from e-patients:
- Statistics about how patients use the web (source is Pew Internet Project Survey)
- How to help e-patients as doctors (don’t use jargons, be patient, show credible sites focusing on medically reliable information)
- How to judge the quality of a medical website, step-by-step. Using Webicina, HONcode, HBCE.
Physicians of the 21st century must be qualified to meet the expectations of e-patients. They’re the new generation of patients.
Second slideshow: Doctors in social media
- What is social media?
- Traditional vs social media (pros and cons)
- I have an opinion and post it online, but others have their own opinions as well
- It becomes hard to find information and we need places/sites where information is collected and selected by other experts and collegues.
- How to find a collegue or get answer for a medical question? By using telephone, Google or Facebook? Certainly not…
- We need medical community sites
- Examples: Tiromed.com, Sermo.com, Nature Network and many more.
- Microblogging (Twitter and Friendfeed)
- Advantages of medical communities, disadvantages
- Privacy issues: can you communicate with patients online?
- Facebook stats and optimal privacy settings for doctors in Facebook
Without properly designed strategy, don’t even think about using social media in your practice.
Lectures this semester:
The 4th week of the Internet in Medicine university accredited course was focusing on Medical wikis and Wikipedia.
First slideshow on medical wikis.
If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.
I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. Second slideshow is dedicated to Wikipedia issues.
- Facebook + Google + Flickr (=) Wikipedia
- How to build an encyclopedia? Pay professionals? Certainly not.
- I believe in the power of masses.
- Wikipedia statistics, history (Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales)
- 10 most visited websites in the world: Wikipedia is the 6th one.
- Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
- Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
- Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
- Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
- A Wikipedia article minute by minute:
Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.
Lectures this semester:
The third week of the Internet in Medicine university accredited course was dedicated to RSS and microblogging. In the first slideshow, I described what RSS is, how to use trend trackers and which tools can help you follow the medical literature easily.
- How to read RSS (browser -example=Firefox; Google Reader; desktop-based readers – Feeddemon).
- An example, a real tutorial about how to follow the latest articles published on NEJM. Step by step.
- Best friend of docs? Of course, Pubmed. How to follow Pubmed updates easily.
- What to do when a site doesn’t have RSS feed.
- Biowizard.com and other 3rd party Pubmed tools
A step-by-step guide on Webicina.com about how to keep yourself up-to-date easily.
Let the information come to you and follow your field of interest easily.
Second slideshow focused on microblogging:
Twitter is the fastest channel of communication these days, but only use it if you have a well designed strategy.
We just finished the second lecture of the “Internet in Medicine” university credit course which was dedicated to medical blogging. Here is the summary of my presentations.
- Definition of blog, post, trackback, pingback, comment, tag.
- First blog: Jorn Barger, 1997
- Technorati statistics about the state of the entire blogosphere
- Blogs in plain English:
In the second slideshow, I described how to start a new blog step-by-step.
- You need to answer 3 questions first before starting a blog:
- What kind of blogger will I be?
- Where should I blog? WordPress.com
- How should I blog?
- My “3 blogging rule” described what you need to become a good blogger: commitment, consistency and openness
- Shared many examples about how to build a successful medical blog.
A medical blog can be a perfect channel to make new contacts, find new opportunities and share your ideas with the world.
The 2 slideshows are described in details on Webicina.com’s e-guide:
See you next week when we will talk about Twitter in Medicine and also how to keep yourself up-to-date with RSS.
It’s a real pleasure that the new semester of my Internet in Medicine course just launched with 140 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.
- This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
- Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a journal.
- Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
- Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
- Social media statistics
- Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
- Potential solutions: Webicina.com; Hon.ch, evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
- I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
- As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
- The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
- Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
- The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.
Next week’s topic: Medical blogging, from the first comment to blog carnivals
The new semester of my Internet in Medicine university elective course for medical students is coming soon, so I’ve already started looking for new materials and updates about the topics I cover. There is a presentation about Google in the 9th week and I just found this periodic table of Google elements. So far, I’ve been using the periodic table of collaboration.
In the Internet in Medicine electice course for medical students, I always mention how Wikipedia works in real-time in the Wikipedia lecture. I also show a video to them about the London bombings and how the related entry changed from second to second:
Well, this semester I will show them something even better, the real-time visualization of Wikipedia edits:
In 2008, I launched the world’s first university elective course focusing on internet and medicine for medical, dentistry and pharmacy students. Now the 4th semester is just over and I thought I would share the material again. Over 130 students, 10 weeks, 20 slideshows. I tried to cover all the important topics in this area.
What I’m most proud of in this semester is that E-Patient Dave sent a personal video message to my students about being an e-patient and what kind of doctors they should become.
Students filled a questionnaire before and after the course and I plan to publish the results in an open access journal during the summer.
See you this September in the next semester with new materials, Prezi.com slideshows and more.