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Bertalan Meskó from Scienceroll.com attended the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) 17 conference. He's posted some pictures here and here.






The Seattle Times published an article titled, "With Smartphone, Doctors Reinvent House Calls."

Google is working on a peer review system, gpeerreview.
1. First, you read someone's paper.
2. Next, write a review. (The review is just a simple text file that contains a few scores and your opinions about the paper.)
3. Use GPeerReview to sign the review. (It will add a hash of the paper to your review, then it will use GPG to digitally sign the review.)
4. Send the signed review to the author. If the author likes the review, he/she will include it with his/her list of published works.
5. Prospective employers or other persons can easily verify that the reviews are valid.
A new report from Manhattan Research discusses the use of online social networks by physicians. iHealthBeat has a summary. Sermo and Medscape Connect are the two biggest online physician communities, each with about 100,000 users.
Physicians participating in such online communities are more likely to:

* Be primary care physicians;
* Be female;
* Own a PDA or smartphone;
* Go online during or between patient consultations; and
* Be slightly younger than the average physician.
Finally, In The New York Times, Alan Krueger writes about calculating the opportunity cost of the time patients spend waiting for physicians. His conclusions are surprising.
If you count health care-related activities writ large – including time traveling to a doctor, waiting to see a doctor, being examined and treated, taking medication, obtaining medical care for others, and paying bills – the average American spent 1.1 hours a week obtaining health care in 2007...

If we value all people’s time at the average hourly wage of production and nonsupervisory workers ($17.43 in 2007), Americans spent the equivalent of $240 billion on health care in 2007.
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