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Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine

Graphic representation of less than 0.0001% of the WWW, one of the services accessible via the Internet, representing some of the hyperlinks. The use of the Internet as prior art in patent law is surrounded by concerns as to its reliability.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 issues interesting to health professionals and nonprofessionals alike. Posts may include examinations of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, scientific advances, internet services, and other technologies involving health care and the practice of medicine. Mirroring as it does the nature of the Internet and the sometimes surprising nature of new technologies, the content may also include topics that are wonderful, unusual, hilarious, or strange.

What are some recent posts on Tech Medicine?

Topics of recent posts have included Twitter Dispatches from the New England Journal of Medicine, Robert Scoble Interviews Healthline's CEO, Health 2.0 Conference Updates, The Health 2.0 Conference, Futurology and Medicine, A Comparison of "Mediquations," "MediMath," and "Medical Calculator" for the iPhone, and The Problem with EMRs in the United States.

Who are you?

I'm trained as a nephrologist (a kidney and blood pressure specialist). For the last three years I've written Kidney Notes, a blog designed to filter and process medical news. Most recently, Kidney Notes has become a collection of links, commentary, and scraps of information — a reference database of interesting things with the help of a popular social bookmarking service called del.icio.us. While I will continue posting to Kidney Notes, several friends have asked me to write longer posts of original content — and this is what I will be writing on Tech Medicine. Recently, I have also written a blog on personal productivity called The Efficient MD (in association with the American College of Physicians) and hosted The Efficient MD Wiki. I'm also writing a book with the American College of Physicians on physician productivity and life hacks. My collected posts may be found on jschwimmer.net, a tumblelog.

There are many topics I plan to cover, but I'm also open to suggestions, tips, and even posts by guest bloggers. My email is techmedicine@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!
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Dr. Schwimmer's blog explores the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet.