Au Revoir! So Long!
It's been a pleasure sharing with you here over the last year, but all good things must come to an end and lead to new beginnings. I'm handing the reins of Tech Medicine to the very capable Joshua Schwimmer MD, FACP, FASN, (also the author of Kid...
A Visual Medical Dictionary and the CureHunter Engine
Curehunter.com offers a free "visual medical dictionary" at https://www.curehunter.com/public/dictionary.do. The idea is similar to Healthlines' HealthMaps -- an interrelated web of complex terms is displayed as a simple map or diagram to enhance ...
Searching for Health Information Online (Part 4)
The last three parts of this series reviewed searching for online health information designed for patients. In part 1, I discussed Healthline's approach and the use of HealthMaps. In part 2, I discussed MedlinePlus and the individual web pages of ...
The Physician Success Strategies Conference: What Can Doctors Learn From Consultants?
Many doctors, in their daily practice, have the nagging suspicion that there must be a better way to do things.The blog focuses on strategies and ideas that doctors can use to stay organized, increase productivity, and take better care of patients...
Radiotherapy Sets Off Airport Security Screening
This was news to me, which came out in the British Medical Journal editorial today.  The BMJ publised a case report of a man who received radiation therapy (radioiodine) to treat his overactive thyroid gland, thyrotoxicosis.  Unfortunately...
Thanks to Musings of a Dinosaur for Grand Rounds!
Grand rounds is here. Thanks for including my post on Creating a Medical Wiki.
Rate of the spread of flu Is linked to airline travel
The New York Times today reports on a PLoS Medicine study by Brownstein, Wolfe & Mandl showing that the rate of spread of influenza is related to the number of people flying in airplanes.They studied the spread of influenza timed to the amoun...
RFID Chips Prevent Sponges From Being Left Behind During Surgery
Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) chips are not just in your Mach3 razor packages, they're showing promise in surgery as well. In the July Archives of Surgery, Stanford researchers found that they could detect sponges left behind with an RFID ...
Someone Please Create Free, HIPAA-Compliant Patient-Physician Email
This is a rant. Or a plea. Or a pitch for a product idea that I wish someone would just run with. It would be invaluable to everyone involved.Free, encrypted, HIPAA-complaint patient-physician email. Simple. Easy-to-use. Ad-supported. Perhaps by G...
Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine
Image from WikipediaWhat's this blog all about?My goal in Tech Medicine will be to explore the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet. This is a purposefully broad topic. Several times weekly I will post focused reviews of is...