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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Lazy passwords and MySpace

A post from the Guardian Technology Blog last week on a breakdown by Bruce Schneier of "typical" MySpace passwords. Typical here is in the context of the 34,000 accounts that were phished from the social networking site – but are these representative ?

From the analysis

The top 20 passwords are (in order):
password1, abc123, myspace1, password, blink182, qwerty1, fuckyou,
123abc, baseball1, football1, 123456, soccer, monkey1, liverpool1,
princess1, jordan23, slipknot1, superman1, iloveyou1 and monkey.

Amazing –  password has been overtaken by password1. Looking at the examples, at least some comfort might be taken from the fact that the most basic alphanumeric combinations are seeping through…

Update : regarding my naive final comment – MySpace requires a password at least 6 characters long, including a number/punctuation.

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Google Search and Healthcare IT Blogs

Yesterday, Google launched a refinement of their search engine – Google Co-op – that enables searches to be curtailed to specific websites. I’ve created a simple search engine for Healthcare IT Blogs – in time, will probably add this on a side-bar.

For the moment, I have added the following Healthcare IT Blogs, and for good measure the NHS Blog Doctor.

Medical Connecivity Consulting
Health 2.0
GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News
Family Medicine Notes
The Candid CIO
Australian Health Information Technology
The Health Tech Blog



The home page for the custom search engine is here – feel free to add your own Healthcare IT Blog to the sites that are already there – you will need to create a google account to do this.

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