David Rothman has recently linked to RateADrug.com and said:
I’ve seen stupid applications of social media in healthcare, but this may take the cake as the dumbest I’ve seen in a good while.
I believe the concept that patients know better which drugs work the best is good, but you just cannot make sure those patients reviews are not coming from pharma representatives or companies. That’s why you can never trust the information on that site.
Mashable also has a review about RateADrug.com.
If I have to show a site to my patient that focuses on drug interactions and side effects, I would say Pharmasurveyor.com is the best one to use.
I’ve come across the third example on the BioCS blog. SIDER seems to be quite useful as well.
After using side effects to predict drug targets, we now created a public database of side effects with a total of 62269 side effects for 888 drugs. The database was created by doing text-mining on labels from various different public sources like the FDA. Furthermore, I developed rules to extract frequency information from the labels, this worked for about one third of the drug–side effect pairs.
Here is the slideshow I presented at the AcuteZorg.nl Health 2.0 event in Nijmegen, The Netherlands on the 24th of March, 2009.
We’ve recently had a long discussion on Twitter about why many doctors are not open to these web 2.0 tools. There is no question, they don’t have enough time to use these even if they were designed to help them save time and effort.
That’s why we’ve been working hard on Webicina.com to come up with a free tool that helps those users who cannot spend much time online (e.g. medical professionals). PeRSSonalized Medicine helps them track medical journals, blogs, news and web 2.0 services really easily and creates one personalized place where they can follow international medical content without having a clue what RSS is about.
Being up-to-date is crucial for medical professionals, but it takes time and effort. Sitting in a library with a few medical papers is not a proper solution any more. Learning to use an RSS reader is not that easy for those who don’t spend much time online.
PeRSSonalized Medicine is a free tool that lets you select your favourite resources and read the latest news and articles in one personalized place. You can create your own “medical journal” and as we are totally open to suggestions, let us add the journals, blogs and websites that you would like to follow.
Click on “Personalize It” to hide the resources you don’t want to follow.
You don’t have to register to use it, but if you want to make sure it will save your settings, you can register in a few seconds here.
Now you can follow:
- Medical journals
- Medical blogs
- Medical news
- Medical Media including Youtube channels, Friendfeed rooms or Del.icio.us tags
One more thing. The developer behind PeRSSonalized Medicine and the whole Webicina platform is Gergő Vargyai. Many thanks to him for his ownderful job!
As always, we are open to suggestions so please let us know which resources to add to the database.
Webicina.com is my service that aims to help medical professionals and patients enter the web 2.0 era by providing e-courses, consulting and personalized packages. Why did I launch Webicina?
I envisioned a bridge. On one side of the river, there are patients who don’t know how to use the web, how to find health information online. I think NextHealth will be their best tool to use.
On the other side of the bridge, there are physicians. Their best guide is Jay Parkinson and his Hello Health practice as he was the first really web-savvy doctor.
Who will connect the two sides? Who can become an efficient and valuable bridge?
Yes, I hope Webicina will close this gap…
When I talked with Jen McCabe Gorman, a prominent blogger at Health Management Rx, she envisioned this:
Now I’m happy to announce Webicina is starting to co-operate with more and more organizations and communities. Just three examples, CureTogether, CareFlash and Ozmosis.
And it seems it’s getting a serious coverage from the blogosphere as well.
Let’s start educating physicians about how to use the web efficiently, let’s help patients how to find information online. Let’s reform healthcare! What is your view on this?
Richard Akerman from Science Library Pad published this interesting slideshow about history leading up to Web 2.0, characteristics of Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.