Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine
What'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 issues interesting to ...
Most Disruptive Changes in Healthcare (According to Sermo)
Last month I gave a talk on Health 2.0: Disruptive Changes in Healthcare. I spoke about online communities of physicians and patients, and one of the communities I discussed was Sermo:Sermo was founded on the idea of information arbitrage, that th...
New cure for hiccups via the oldest medical technology: digital rectal exam
One of the first medical technologies physicians-in-training are tasked with perfecting is our physical exam. For male physicians, one of the most dreaded parts is the digital rectal exam, since we know that we ourselves will need to be subjected...
Followups and Links of Interest
A few things that caught my eye these last few weeks:OR-Live offers live and archived webcasts of more than 600 surgical procedures.From the NEJM:This spring the U.S. Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees1 will rule on the constitutionality of the three-d...
Thoughts on Patient-Physician Email (Part 1)
I'm a believer in patient-physician email communication. Let's face it -- just about every profession has enthusiastically adopted email as a rapid, non-interrupting, easily documented form of communication -- so why hasn't medicine?There are many...
Praise for Audiobooks and Audible.com
Five years ago, I thought Audible.com was surely doomed. With the proliferation of free podcasts -- including many medical podcasts -- how could a company selling downloadable audiobooks survive?I was wrong. A few months ago, I rediscovered Audibl...
Searching for Health Information Online (Part 2)
In part 1, I introduced ways of searching for health information online and discussed Healthline's approach and its innovative use of HealthMaps. In this post I'll discuss MedlinePlus.MedlinePlus.gov is a service of the National Library of Medicin...
Hilarious Journal Articles and NCBI ROFL
Levitating Frog, Image via WikipediaTwo years ago, I began collecting "hilarious journal articles" and posting them on kidneynotes.com. Here's a sample:The untapped potential of virtual game worlds to shed light on real world epidemicsDidgeridoo p...
Grand Rounds is up at Med Valley High
Grand Rounds, this week's best posts of the medical blogosphere, is up at Med Valley High. Thanks for including my post on The Value of Mind Mapping.
A Better Pillbox from MIT
Researchers at MIT have built a better pillbox.The hurdles to taking medications are many. Patients forget their medications, purposefully don't take their medications, or accidentally take too much or too little. And sometimes, taking medications...