Case Study of a Physician's Use of the iPhone 3GS (Part 1)
I recently upgraded my original iPhone, which I purchased two years ago, to the iPhone 3GS. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much of a change. Sure, I read the marketing hype — faster processor! 3G speed! GPS! voice control! better camera! — but I d...
My Picks for This Week's Best of Healthline Blogs
You know, I'm one of a bunch of great bloggers here at Healthline, and I wanted to point you to my highlights of this last week:Paul Auerbach reports on the latest stingray attack in "Another Stingray Attack". Attacks are so rare, it's strangely ...
HEALTHmap Maps Epidemic Text Alerts to a Graphical Map of the World
HEALTHmap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.It "brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified an...
Electronic Stethoscope Oddities
Happy New Year!If acoustic stethoscopes — the kind physicians have used for over two hundred years — are the equivalent of typewriters, then electronic stethoscopes are like word processors. Okay, this analogy is non-intuitive, but hear me out. El...
Three Visions of the Future of Healthcare
Below are juxtaposed three visions of the future of healthcare. The first is from Microsoft, a conceptual video which echoes 2001. But the computers don't remind me of HAL. They remind me of, um, the iPhone. The video follows a pre-diabetic (presu...
An Introduction to Medical Podcasts (Part 2)
These posts are for two types of people: those who already own an iPod or other digital music player, are familiar with podcasts, and are interested in listening to new medical podcasts... and those who don't yet have an iPod and want a quick intr...
FluChip shows promise in diagnosing A(H5N1) avian flu, and others including pandemic flu
The New York Times reports on a new test for A(H5N1) avian influenza (commonly called bird flu) which is undergoing further research. The FluChip was designed by Robert D. Kuchta and Kathy L. Rowlen, a University of Colorado chemistry professor w...
Best Tech Medicine Posts of 2008 (Part 2)
Image by satosphere via FlickrHappy New Year. The following is part 2 of a collection of the best posts from Tech Medicine in 2008.The New 3G iPhone, Doctors, The App Store, and MedicineWhat follows is the result of a brief brainstorming session a...
Grand Rounds is up at Urostream
Urostream is written by Keagirl, a urologist. She writes well, and her stories are often provocative and humorous. Her Grand Rounds is here. (She included my post on "The Use and Misuse of Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors.")
Feed Reading, Three Ways
Here's a simple version of the story of feeds.First, the Internet had too much information. Then, RSS feeds came along, which were designed to reduce the torrent of information from the Internet into something more manageable. RSS feeds (or just "...