What's a blog carnival? It's a quick way to keep up to date on the "blogosphere" around a particular subject -- in this case, Medicine 2.0, the intersection of health care and the social Web. We had a deluge of submissions and I've tried to pick the best ones.
One of the most interesting Health 2.0 events of late is the Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting icon program, meant to identify thoughtful analysis of peer-reviewed research. I'm all for anything that makes it easier to find high-quality content online, and will be interested to see how this program plays out.
Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, the folks who brought you the Health 2.0 conference last month, are doing it again, with another conference planned for San Diego in March.
Berci Mesko of Scienceroll, founder of this blog carnival, argues for the reliability of Wikipedia and Citizendum in a post that attracted some controversy and discussion elsewhere in the blogosphere.
The National Library of Medicine/NIH's new style guide includes a section on citing blogs and other information found on the Internet. Joshua Schwimmer, M.D., best known for his Kidney Notes blog, was surprised to be included as an example, and writes about the ensuing debate at Tech Medicine.
Philips has announced a device called the Cliniscape, meant to be a portable IT solution for physicians and other health care providers. It's bigger than an iPhone and smaller than a laptop. Full press release from DoctorsGadgets.
John Halamka, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, joins the ranks of bloggers at Life as a Healthcare CIO. Right now he's writing about efforts to run greener data centers. Thanks to Bob Coffield at the Health Care Law Blog for the tip.
Social networking sites are everywhere -- it seems like every day I get another e-mail inviting me to the latest community for chihuahua-owning editors who love Renaissance music, or whatever. Disaboom.com stands out a bit from the pack -- it's aimed at people with functional limitations, and recently acquired Lovebyrd, a dating site for singles living with disabilities. Medical director is Dr. Glen House (not THAT Dr. House!), a spinal-cord injury specialist who gets some of his knowledge from his own experience as a C7 quadriplegic. Tip of the hat to JC Jones of Healthline Connects on this one.
How many times have you heard that Google is planning a health product? eHealth notes that the official rollout of Google Health -- a personal medical records system meant to rival Microsoft's new offering -- will be released early in 2008.
Carnegie-Mellon's listing of the 100 Most Informative Blogs included a couple in the medical field. GruntDoc picks them out for you.
Zagat, known for its restaurant reviews, is moving into the doctor-review space with a guide specifically focused on physicians in Blue Cross and Blue Shield's WellPoint network. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of Health Populi notes that it won't tell you what consumers really want to know -- cost and outcome.
Toni Brayer, M.D., of EverythingHealth was either pleased or disappointed not to find herself listed on RateMD, but had a good time looking up her colleagues and agrees that patients' experiences are going to be more and more important to understanding the quality of medical care.
One of the struggles every would-be medical student faces is writing a personal statement to go with medical-school applications. Victor Castilla of Web 2.0 and Medicine gathers up some resources to help with this sometimes daunting task.
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