Allscripts attempts at doing Viral Video

I don’t normally respond to the many requests from PR companies that come to me looking for coverage on this blog.

In my experience, they still have a lot to learn when engaging with bloggers in general – I agree with most of Damiens bullet points on pimping stuff.

So this Youtube short from AllScripts breaks the mold just a little bit. As someone who has professionally created this type of material – my comments relate to the medium rather than the message.

  • an intriguing opening, a flaccid middle part and a strong ending.
  • at just over 5 minutes it’s too long; between 2-3 minutes would have been much better, particularly with the strong messages at either end.
  • with reference to the middle bits that flagged, the imagery was just overused; yes, i did like that that zooming in on the screencast, but half the time spent would have been enough. likewise with the medical records library shots.
  • I didn’t see any "patients" – and maybe that’s the difference between the Irish Health System and the US Model; all of those empty clinic seats freaked me out a bit!

Overall though – nice try.

Cult of the Amateur and Medicine…oops.

I can almost hear the howls of protest as the Irish Blogging community, if they did by chance hear the interview this morning with Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur; maybe not as loud as the howls from the Irish Medical community however. A medical student texting in to the programme claimed that over half of their class used Wikipedia as medical reference.

I’m really surprised that Ryan Turbridy would find this interesting – after all, he is a noted blogging and technology fan …8)


Medical tourism matchmaking site launches

New Irish web startup describe themselves as a matchmaking site for those interested in having medical procedures in other countries. Users sign up to the website and enter details of the procedure they want to have carried out and the country to which they wish to travel to.

The site then matches the prospective patient with a suitable clinic in their country of choice. Clever. Funding comes from the backers of Newbay, Propylon and Hostelworld.

The last one there is interesting – a straightforward business opportunity or a complement to core business?

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Mapping Disease Outbreak with Google Maps

The unofficial Google Maps mashup site gives an outline of HEALTHMapa global disease alert mapping system. Given that the information is taken from currently available online resources, I think the word "alert" in the sense that it might be used for disease surveillance is ambitious, but at first glance appears to be very thorough.

According to the site

HEALTHmap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified
and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious
diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely
available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability,
ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal
accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World
Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the
data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for
user-friendly access to the original alert. 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.

A few weeks back, my foray into the area of mashups was mentioned in the GMM roundup of Irish sites. is
a site which collates and presents patient numbers waiting for
admission to A&E departments in Irish Hospitals. It is currently
undergoing work which will allow most recent data to be available
(method of recording this changed back in May).

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Integrating Social Bookmarks as Blog Posts

A lot of bloggers use the links saved on their social bookmarking tool
of choice as proxy blog posts when they are too busy/too indifferent to write themselves.

This blogger is probably somewhere in the middle of those two
extremes. The bottom line though, is that I come across links on a
daily basis that are of interest to the readers of this blog and don’t
necessarily require any added commentary.

With this in mind, I’ve started to re-use my account
with the view to using the Daily Blog Posting Feature. Of course,
quickly came to a problem. Using this feature infers that all links
collated in a day will be uploaded to the specified blog site. For the
narrow focus here, that would mean  many of the links that I harvest
might not just be relevant or of interest.

I would prefer just to make readers aware of all my healthcare tech
links but not others under a general technical or software development
tag structure.

I emailed the good Yahoo people to clarify I was not doing anything
stupid. It seems not – under the Daily Blog Setting of – it
would seem easy to add another element to the api – either a bundled
tag heading or a number of individual tags; Only these tags would be
uploaded as bookmarked links to your blog. The response from Yahoo
support  leads me to believe they are looking at this –

"Some people choose to have a second account for their post-to-blog items in order to do this, which may work for you. It is more inconvenient, though, so we’re working on adding the ability to do this to the built-in blog posting feature."

the moment then, I’m marking practically all of my bookmarks as
private. Creating another account did cross my mind – but I quickly
shook myself – life is just too short…

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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.


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