In the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube channel, I talk about how to tackle the information overload. Enjoy and please share your methods!
Just like you, every single day I face an ocean of information. It’s really hard to keep myself up-to-date in my fields of interest, it’s really hard to tackle the information overload. Although, I’ve been using some methods in order to let the information come to me instead of chasing that.
A few days ago, I linked to a really comprehensive review of the online medical symptom checkers. Now here is GuidedMed that helps you find health information by selecting symptoms and answering questions.
I had a nice discussion today with a few Twitterers including Jay Parkinson about the quality of online medical information. It started when I mentioned many great medical blogs are not accredited by HONcode, the Health On The Net Foundation, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve online health information quality. I try to summerize the keypoints of the discussion.
Then I found a publication, Indicators of Accuracy of Consumer Health Information on the Internet that states:
One hundred Web pages were identified and characterized as “more accurate” or “less accurate.” Three indicators correlated with accuracy: displaying the HONcode logo, having an organization domain, and displaying a copyright. Many proposed indicators taken from published guidelines did not correlate with accuracy (e.g., the author being identified and the author having medical credentials) or inaccuracy (e.g., lack of currency and advertising).
I believe patients seeking medical information online need guidance. Regarding tech blogs or art blogs, it doesn’t really matter who determines quality. But in the medical blogosphere, I think it’s crucial to have a neutral third party that works to assure quality and try to help patients how to find reliable content. So the conclusion is I’ll keep on promoting HONcode and will try to get all of my medical sites accredited (Scienceroll and Webicina are both accredited).
I follow more than 570 users on Twitter that leads to more than 100 new tweets an hour and I don’t have hours a day to check all the messages. Co-bloggers frequently ask me how I can follow all of them efficiently. Well, I have a few tips on this and feel free to share yours with us:
- Tweetdeck: The best tool to organize your tweets. I created a Health 2.0 group to filter the tweets of the users who are writing about medicine or health 2.0.
- Twitter Search: I always do a search for a few keywords to find new people twitting about my field of interest.
- Twilert.com: It works like Google Alerts which means it lets you receive regular e-mail updates of tweets containing your keywords.
- Filter by replies: It’s easy to discover ongoing discussions as people reply to each other so sometimes it’s enough to follow the buzz. Omnee helps you with it:
- Tweetree: It puts your Twitter stream in a tree so you can see the posts people are replying to in context.
- Tweetscan: You can get updates via e-mail, RSS and scan up to five phrases for daily or weekly delivery.
- Twitscoop: Insert a twitter username or keywords in the search box to track a conversation, topic or conference.
- Power Twitter: A Firefox Add-on that integrates search, images and videos into you stream.
- Friendfeed daily best: I subscribed to many of my Twitter followers on Friendfeed as well. So the Friendfeed daily best feature helps me filter the most valuable discussions.
- FFholic.com: A collection of the most discussed, commented, liked, etc. Friendfeed messages.
What are your tips?