YouTube for eHealth related content?


Last week was quite different for me. I wrote on friday about the virtual conference in Second Life; Later that evening and on into saturday, I lurked (a lot) and contributed (a little) to the backchannel/IRC at the bloggercon event in San Fransciso . If you have never experienced this type of interaction and debate it is quite something.


If you cannot attend a conference because of geographic dislocation, a backchannel along with a live audio or video stream is the next best thing. I was
initially frustrated with the experience – my IRC client kept dropping
over the wireless broadband connection; I’m sure other attendees loved
that as I barged in every 10 minutes or so. Then I wised up, installed
Chatzilla – thank you very much.
Karlin Lillington wrote about her views on the medium a few weeks
ago in the Irish Times. If i remember
correctly, she suggested a big case of attention deficit to the presenter,
while monitoring/contributing to the backchannel. I would agree with
this – it is difficult to maintain a level of concentration on the
threads of conversations that are all happening at once; this was
especially true of bloggercon, where an open mic was the order of the
day for contribution and interaction between actual attendees.
Anyway, one of the sessions talked about podcasting. I posed a question to the backchannel about a
recent query I had from a client (with distributed offices, dispersed
infrastructure, not much content) on streaming video and how one might do this
efficiently and reliably with a streaming content provider; This has
become so cheap over the last few years. On the other hand, you now
have sites like YouTube. Informaticopia  have recently commented on this as a quick and easy way of education/demonstration for medics.
What was the reaction to my suggestion of hosting corporate
content (which has no privacy, IP or copyright issues) on a social
media site like this? I wasn’t blown out of the water, though some
thought it was a bit bizarre.
The obvious things for consideration would include the following.
blocked through the firewall. most corporates probably block the
likes of youtube, but in a messy way specific urls could be allowed.
this would probably be the case with specific urls from an streaming
media provider (for example opening ports for Windows Media)
– video categories not appropriate. but i don’t think these would be necessary anyway.
– terms and conditions; a brief scan does not reveal any surprises; usual restrictions of IP, copyright, etc are mentioned.
privacy for a group of users; while you can tag content to make it more visible, you can also make it private by only sending links to friends or family. presumably, one could make one of these a distribution list?
– 100mb or 10minutes allowed per video; i cannot imagine any corporate material being much longer if attention and a concise message is delivered; episodic delivery would also be ok.
Remember, the above scenario is probably only relevant for distributed/autonomous offices, that have small amounts of video
content, and do not want to deploy streaming servers. I wonder will we begin to see a little bit more of this?


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