There are more and more ways for crowdsourcing clinical questions, and the newest addition to the family of web tools and services is Figure 1, a photo sharing site for healthcare professionals. Registered physicians can share images, learn from others and bookmark useful cases.
I’m not sure this is what the medical community requires right now, but I’m always curious about further developments.
According to the co-founder, Joshua Landy, MD:
“I developed Figure 1 because I wanted a safe way to share medical images with the medical community, while protecting patients’ privacy.”
Years ago, I had a chance to receive a few copies of Re-Mission and distribute it to local pediatric clinics. I can tell you children fighting cancer loved the game. Now I was glad to read the news about the launch of Re-Mission 2. The company behind it, HopeLab, managed to find big sponsors including the LiveStrong Foundation to improve the game and push it to the next level.
More than five years in the making, Re-Mission 2 consists of six free-to-play online minigames launching tomorrow with a host of support from charities, medical researchers, and major corporations.
The new titles are on the leading edge of “games for health,” a movement to take the engagement of gaming and turn it to the cause of improving health.
Here is the official trailer:
It was time for the FDA to step up and represent the very loud voice of e-patients as well. The FDA Patient Network was just launched to educate patients and advocates about FDA; recruit patients and advocates to serve in meetings and to speak at FDA events; and ensure that patients and advocates can express their concerns about FDA decisions. It’s a good first step.
We are the Patient Network, a part of the FDA. We work to bring the unique perspective of patients, family members, caregivers, and patient advocates to the decision-making processes of the FDA. Through the Patient Network, you can learn more about FDA and how it works, provide input in decisions about new or current medical products, and talk with FDA experts about issues and concerns that are important to you.
John Brownlee at Clear.md did an interview with me in a special format. 5 questions in 5 minutes and I didn’t know about the questions in advance.
I had the pleasure to give a talk at the recent amazing TEDxNijmegen event organized by the team of Lucien Engelen. I described how I used crowdsourcing in social media to find a diagnosis and what my role is in this area as a medical futurist. I hope you will like it!
Eric Topol, MD, the author of the Creative Destruction of Medicine appeared in a recent episode of The Colbert Show. This is a great chance for spreading the word about the importance of using disruptive technologies in the practice of medicine and Topol did a good job.
Topol had Colbert try AliveECG, an electrocardiogram attachment for the iPhone from Oklahoma City-based startup AliveCor, showing the host’s heart rhythm in real time. Then he demonstrated the ViSi monitor from Sotera Wireless, a company Topol is an investor in, to show heart rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and other vital signs on a device not much bigger than a watch. “We can do an intensive care unit on the wrist,” Topol explained. That’s when the banter picked up.
Doctors 2.0 & You is far the best conference every year in the health/medicine 2.0 space. I’m not saying this because last year I proposed my fiancée a few hours after my keynote, but because that is the most informative, multi-national (literally) and content-rich conference every single year.
Web-savvy medical professionals, real e-patients, pharma companies, startups and even policy makers will present their mission, findings and plans to make healthcare better by using social media and digital technologies.
It takes place in the beautiful city of Paris! I hope to see you all there this June!
Here are details about early bird tickets.
My keynote speech last year (I’m preparing something really different this year too):
The Dutch Parkinson Charity wanted to ride the social media wave around the Harlem Shake phenomenon and created a video in which the leader of the charity didn’t take his medications to show its effect on his movements.
I must say this is a clever way of using social media to promote something very important related to health.
I’m a geek and you know how much I support the inclusion of digital technologies in medicine, healthcare and medical education. At the same time, I always highlight the fact that doctors will be needed for practicing medicine, robots cannot do their job. I know Vinod Khosla thinks otherwise.
Now, after watching the video demonstration of how Watson could help a clinician, I have doubts about a future. We will see how it gets integrated in everyday medicine. I support the IBM Watson project very much, but I hope medical professionals, humans, will always play the major role in the practice of medicine.
See also the Medgadget report.
Day 3 of FutureMed and this long day was centered around personalized genomics/medicine, design in healthcare and the future of medical intervention.
Also see Medgadget and the Futuremed Magazine for recaps. And here is day 1 and day 2.
- David Ewing Duncan quantifies himself and has had 22 500 genetic traits analyzed, 22 hours of brain MRI, and over clinical 1000 tests. He used the expression environgenomics for describing the importance of the environmental factors in developing diseases. He also had an experiment when his brain was analyzed with MRI and looked for signs of excitement while watching different types of films. In the future, we might be able to get film recommendations based on our brain MRI.
- Nic Volker was the first boy to be saved because of next generation sequencing.
- In 2014, cost of whole genome sequencing will be the same as an X-Ray.
- Biocurious and iGEM bring biotechnology to very young students around the world. Procedures in molecular biology that have been used by researchers could be used by students now.
- Beers that fight cancer or contain caffeine can be brewed with genetically modified yeast species.
- Microbes can create circuits by producing silicon on a Petri dish.
- Andrew Hessel: The Beijing Genome Institute sequences more genomes than all the other centers around the world together.
- Biotech is going to be the new IT industry.
- If cells are cell phones, viruses are the applications.
- Atul Butte: With Gene Expression Omnibus, students can download genetic data as they download music from iTunes. (video below)
- Ajay Verma said that we should be prepared for EEG controlled games (Star Wars Force Trainer).
- Catherine Mohr talked about surgical robots.
Simple suggestions about controlling aging.
Surgical workshop (I haven’t practiced that since the first years of medical school).
Music played on a smartphone can induce dancing movements electronically on the leg of a cockroach. Biohacking!
Finally, Lucien Engelen arrived.
Data storage of the Apollo program in an old McDonald’s on this campus.