In memorial: e-Patients Have Lost an Important Leader

On Sunday, May 25, 2008, The Sojourner died. She was perhaps one of the most active and loved e-Patient users of the virtual world Second Life. In the real world she was Karen Gans, a stroke survivor, mother and wife. She was 57. I came to know her through my work...

It’s Not Just about Healthcare…

All this talk about Health 2.0/ Web 2.0 and the wisdom of crowds has got me noticing things I probably would not have noticed before. For that reason I am directing readers to the following article by Craig Morris at truthout...

The Democratization of Academic Medicine

A post many weeks ago by Andrew Leonard in his blog “How the World Works” mused about the significance of the declining number of publications from “top” academic economists. It was July 26, so the original post is in the archives here. (a day...

E-Patients And The Participatory Internet- Part II

In a post a couple of weeks ago (Part I), I talked about the participatory nature of the internet and related platforms. OK, I agree that “Web 2.0″ is already becoming a somewhat empty concept, as some of my colleagues have noted on this very site. No matter...

E-Patients And The Participatory Internet- Part I

I’ve recently been attending some very excellent conferences that I will describe in more detail over several future posts. What follows here will, I hope, set the stage. As most people reading this blog are well aware, the World Wide Web and the Internet itself are...

Too Radical?

I have been struggling with what kind of post should go into the “found on the net” column, but finally discovered something that must certainly qualify. Granted, I’m a little late in drawing attention to it, but better late than never. About two...

At least one Medical School starts to “get it”

If you’re like me and wonder why- oh- why our medical education system is not embracing the information age more quickly, then an editorial recently written by Dr. Joe Martin at the Boston Globe is for you. Dr. Martin is the retiring Dean of Harvard Medical...
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