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Learning tools and search engine ranking

Posted by drneelesh on April 30, 2009


Recently read the Latest edition of Journal of Health informatics in developing countries. Specifically, Search engines : a study of nine search engines in four categories by Dallas Knight (Health Informatics Programme University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand). This study’s objective was to determine how search engines within different categories compare, and to look at features and trends of search engines that are commonly used for queries by both health consumers and professionals.

The query terms used for this study are

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma
  • “online tool” for help with depression
  • exercise after bowel cancer operation

Evaluation of the first ten sites for each scenario in each search engine included relevance, usefulness, usability of sites, and quality of health information evaluation.


Search engines within the general category (Google, SearchYahoo!) performed best overall. Meta search engines (Dogpile, Jux2) also performed well with vertical search engines (Healia, Kosmix, Healthline) next. Health portals (Revolution Health and WebMD) produced relevant useful results for common terms, but not for unusual query terms.



Other important medical education and learning tools the study talks about include

  • Custom built Search engines ( eg Google, Rollyo and EureksterSwiki )
  • Blog sites, wikis and podcasts
  • social bookmarking with Del.icio.us and Digg.com
  • RSS site feeds read by aggregators or emails
  • Yahoo Pipes! for channelizing information

The few services and tools it missed include,


I think i shall now close this list or i shall be spending hours trying to compile a complete list. Anyways, most of the useful tools for medical education and learning have been mentioned here. If you can think of any more study tools or services, kindly add them in the comments.

Read the complete study Here

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Easy Widgets from your Blogs

Posted by drneelesh on April 26, 2009

I Love playing with Web2.0 functions and today let me show you a simple way to publish your blog as a Blidget ( Widget ) Online. There are a number of free services, but i like the smooth features and polished look by WidgetBox.com.

First Log on to widgetbox.com and complete Free registration.


Then simply provide the URL of your blog. In this case i typed in meducationtechnology.blogspot.com.


After submitting the blog address, you will be taken to this  window.


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This window will let you choose the colour, style, background of your Blidget. If you Upgrade to a paid version, you could also add more tabs to

show many more blogs, tweets and video channels. all on one widget.


Dont forget to ” Save for Later” after you finish editing.



Click on your widget in ” My widget box” , and you will come to the final window which lets you publish your Blidget directly as well as via HTML coding and also Java scripts.You could also directly send email links to your widget from here, or Publish on a number of social networks directly, No need to copy + paste HTML code.

Get the Technology in Medical Education widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox!

This is a very simple and easy way to spread your blog content using free web based applications.

Try it. You will enjoy it.
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Patient education Info on Swine Flu.

Posted by drneelesh on April 25, 2009


Planet AppleImage by mmatasic via Flickr

The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves “an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential.”



But on surfing the Web, I didn’t really find too much information on this. So i decided to make a short educational brochure on this. You can find it below as an embed or click on this link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14627912/Swine-Flu-in-North-America

Swine Flu in North America Swine Flu in North America

Prevention of Swine Flu Prevention of Swine Flu NeeleshBhandari Information on prevention and chemoprophylaxis of swine flu.

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Patient education Info on Swine Flu.

Posted by drneelesh on April 25, 2009


Planet AppleImage by mmatasic via Flickr

The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves “an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential.”



But on surfing the Web, I didn’t really find too much information on this. So i decided to make a short educational brochure on this. You can find it below as an embed or click on this link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14627912/Swine-Flu-in-North-America

Swine Flu in North America Swine Flu in North America

Prevention of Swine Flu Prevention of Swine Flu NeeleshBhandari Information on prevention and chemoprophylaxis of swine flu.

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Create Widgets from Blogs for content publishing

Posted by drneelesh on April 24, 2009

A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.Image via Wikipedia

I Love playing with Web2.0 functions and today let me show you a simple way to publish your blog as a Blidget ( Widget ) Online. There are a number of free services, but i like the smooth features and polished look by WidgetBox.com.

First Log on to widgetbox.com and complete Free registration.


Then simply provide the URL of your blog. In this case i typed in meducationtechnology.blogspot.com.

After submitting the blog address, you will be taken to this window.

This window will let you choose the colour, style, background of your Blidget. If you Upgrade to a paid version, you could also add more tabs to show many more blogs, tweets and video channels.

Dont forget to ” Save for Later” after you finish editing.

Click on your widget in ” My widget box” , and you will come to the final window which lets you publish your Blidget directly as well as via HTML coding and also Java scripts.You could also directly send email links to your widget from here, No need to copy + paste HTML code.


Below is the Blidget for my Meducation Technology Blog.


I hope you try it. Its fun and easy.

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Create Widgets from Blogs for content publishing

Posted by drneelesh on April 24, 2009

A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.Image via Wikipedia

I Love playing with Web2.0 functions and today let me show you a simple way to publish your blog as a Blidget ( Widget ) Online. There are a number of free services, but i like the smooth features and polished look by WidgetBox.com.

First Log on to widgetbox.com and complete Free registration.


Then simply provide the URL of your blog. In this case i typed in meducationtechnology.blogspot.com.

After submitting the blog address, you will be taken to this window.

This window will let you choose the colour, style, background of your Blidget. If you Upgrade to a paid version, you could also add more tabs to show many more blogs, tweets and video channels.

Dont forget to ” Save for Later” after you finish editing.

Click on your widget in ” My widget box” , and you will come to the final window which lets you publish your Blidget directly as well as via HTML coding and also Java scripts.You could also directly send email links to your widget from here, No need to copy + paste HTML code.


Below is the Blidget for my Meducation Technology Blog.


I hope you try it. Its fun and easy.

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Expensive American Healthcare

Posted by drneelesh on April 22, 2009

We're Only in It for the Money album coverImage via Wikipedia

I had made these observations a few months back. I really dont know how true they may be today since Obama has upped the ante.

That the American healthcare delivery system is out of control and wasteful is a no-brainer. Needless battery of investigations and over diagnosis, use of branded drugs over generics of better quality, impractical insurance laws, free-markets approach to health care and sedentary lifestyle are all major factors in creating the current scenario.Its like a bad spiraling black hole which only sucks you into unnecessary and wasteful consumption of health services.

Keeping the whole machinery ticking seems to be the raison d’itre de patient existence.

This video below touches on a few reasons on why health care is so expensive in America. Features like this convince that India must be doing something right in its public health policy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYC2DJWU41s

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Glogging in Medical communication

Posted by drneelesh on April 22, 2009

I have often seen Glogs on other blogs and websites and have been attracted to them, though i usually don’t like the Untidy look that most glogs seem to favor. So i tried to make a glog for myself which is tidier and could be put to creative business use as a tool for digital marketing media. Well done, a Glog can be very attractive and eye catching.Just an experiment, really, but exciting.
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10+2 uses of Medical animations

Posted by drneelesh on April 22, 2009

A short gif animation Wikipedia

Medicine is a very visual science requiring a lot of imagination of processes taking place at cellular and sub cellular levels. Almost none of the disease processes currently understood can be seen. Even something as simple as a Flu infection(influenza virus) has to be imagined to be understood, forget opaque diseases like Danubian endemic familial nephropathy. Animation helps in simplifying the process for a large number of visual learners. Education, thus, is the most obvious use of high quality medical and scientific animations. Besides, the whole section of applications based on gaming principles have yet to be tapped for health related matters.

A few other uses of Medical animations ( besides medical education and gaming) include-

  • Medical field related Web sites,
  • Sales Training,
  • Patient Education,
  • Slide Kits and Presentations,
  • Multimedia Posters/Abstracts,
  • Health promotion,
  • Advertising and traditional marketing,
  • Trade shows and Symposium,
  • Multimedia journals,
  • Online social marketing, etc.
I use Medical animations frequently and am always on the lookout for interesting and original Medical animation sites. There are many animation sites out there but very few achieve the required levels of professionalism and accuracy. I have prepared this slide-kit to showcase a few of such sites. This list is by no way exhaustive but only a limited view of this field. To keep the list short and interesting, i had to fore go a few websites. Kindly pardon me if i missed yours.

You could add other such interesting sites as comments at the end of this post.
Enjoy.

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Expensive American Healthcare

Posted by drneelesh on April 22, 2009

We're Only in It for the Money album coverImage via Wikipedia

I had made these observations a few months back. I really dont know how true they may be today since Obama has upped the ante.

That the American healthcare delivery system is out of control and wasteful is a no-brainer. Needless battery of investigations and over diagnosis, use of branded drugs over generics of better quality, impractical insurance laws, free-markets approach to health care and sedentary lifestyle are all major factors in creating the current scenario.Its like a bad spiraling black hole which only sucks you into unnecessary and wasteful consumption of health services.

Keeping the whole machinery ticking seems to be the raison d’itre de patient existence.

This video below touches on a few reasons on why health care is so expensive in America. Features like this convince that India must be doing something right in its public health policy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYC2DJWU41s

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