Monthly Archives: November 2011

‘Healthier’ decision making through information technology: report from ‘Health 2.0’ conference, San Francisco

San Francisco served as the host city for the 5th Annual Health 2.0 conference on 25–27 September 2011, which gathered more than 1,500 people interested and actively involved in innovation in health care through information technology. I had the privilege to attend this conference and a report published on ecancermedicalscience. I shared what I thought were the highlights of the event: from new tools to redesign medical data; to synergistic interactions between web 2.0 tools and public health; to the use of the internet as a positive catalyst for behavioral change to improve health and lifestyle; to direct to consumer genetic testing that drive a new, community-driven approach to research and to electronic health records adoption and data liberation. Continue reading

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‘Helping the Wounded: Disability and the Military’: special event at the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons.

As wards fill up with injured servicemen and women requiring long-term help along the road to recovery and newspapers highlight stories of the problems faced by the wounded, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons is hosting on December 1st at 7 pm an event to discuss the nature of modern war injuries, the recovery processes for those wounded and injured on operational duty, and what the future holds for the new generation of disabled ex-servicemen and women. Continue reading

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Online information for cancer patients: source of learning, or burden? Recommendations from the Eurocancercoms Project.

Unless it has been ‘properly processed and organised’, (online) information can become a burden for those patients turning to the internet for a second opinion or an aid for decision making. But what does it mean to be ‘properly processed and organised?’ And what are the strategies that can be put in place to be sure it is? In order to answer this question, a pan-European survey was conducted by the Welsh cancer charity Tenovus under the auspices of the FP-7 funded Eurocancercoms project during the period September 2010–March 2011. It was designed to broaden public policy understanding of patients’ specific needs when seeking online cancer information and aimed to identify gaps in the current online cancer information provision across Europe. The results are now published on the European Journal of Cancer, together with some recommendations to make online information a benefit and not a burden. Continue reading

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