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Top Websites in India – October 2009

Posted by drneelesh on November 30, 2009

Top Networking sites

1) Orkut
2) Facebook 
4) Linkedin  

5) ibibo.com

    Top eCommerce sites

    1) eBay
    2) Amazon 
    4) Bookmyshow – BookMyShow offers advance booking of local movie show times, movie ticket, buy concert tickets, new release movies, etc
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      MedPedia.com, Inc. – Whats the story ?

      Posted by drneelesh on November 27, 2009

      The MedPedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. In fact, many of my friends and colleagues have already joined the wiki as editors, including staunch supporter @Berci.

      Users of the platform include physicians, consumers, medical and scientific journals, medical schools, research institutes, medical associations, hospitals, for-profit and non-profit organizations, expert patients, policy makers, students, non-professionals taking care of loved ones, individual medical professionals, scientists, etc.

                                    
      MedPedia is taking the collaborative route to high quality content generation. 

        All content on the MedPedia wiki is freely available for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License (CC-BY-SA) except as otherwise noted.This means content on the wiki may be copied, modified and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges MedPedia as the source of the Article.

        • MedPedia is a wiki with a difference. Anyone can suggest changes in the wiki but the final approval has to come from a physician or PhD editor.
        It allows people to form committees and communities of shared interest and generally provides good platform for interaction. I hope it grows in stature over time and becomes our premier online medical encyclopedia.

        The brains behind this project is James Currier. He  founded Tickle, (1999) a self assessment testing company and later sold (2004) to career site Monster.com. Tickle was acquired by Monster.com for $100MM. His new venture,  MedPedia, aims to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of medicine online.In the following podcast, James Currier, talks of his vision for MedPedia and  explains  some recent controversies which have engulfed the project.

        Medpedia.com, Inc. is funded and managed by Ooga Labs (www.oogalabs.com) a technology greenhouse in San Francisco.

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        MedPedia.com, Inc. – Whats the story ?

        Posted by drneelesh on November 27, 2009

        The MedPedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. In fact, many of my friends and colleagues have already joined the wiki as editors, including staunch supporter @Berci.

        Users of the platform include physicians, consumers, medical and scientific journals, medical schools, research institutes, medical associations, hospitals, for-profit and non-profit organizations, expert patients, policy makers, students, non-professionals taking care of loved ones, individual medical professionals, scientists, etc.

        • MedPedia is taking the collaborative route to high quality content generation. 

        All content on the MedPedia wiki is freely available for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License (CC-BY-SA) except as otherwise noted.This means content on the wiki may be copied, modified and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges MedPedia as the source of the Article.

        • MedPedia is a wiki with a difference. Anyone can suggest changes in the wiki but the final approval has to come from a physician or PhD editor.
        It allows people to form committees and communities of shared interest and generally provides good platform for interaction. I hope it grows in stature over time and becomes our premier online medical encyclopedia.

        The brains behind this project is James Currier. He  founded Tickle, (1999) a self assessment testing company and later sold (2004) to career site Monster.com. Tickle was acquired by Monster.com for $100MM. His new venture,  MedPedia, aims to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of medicine online.In the following podcast, James Currier, talks of his vision for MedPedia and  explains  some recent controversies which have engulfed the project.

        Medpedia.com, Inc. is funded and managed by Ooga Labs (www.oogalabs.com) a technology greenhouse in San Francisco.

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        FAQs regarding use of Internet in health care.- Pew Research report

        Posted by drneelesh on November 26, 2009

        The Pew Internet/Health FAQ |
        Original post on e-Patients.net

        The lessons learnt from Pew internet research report on e-patients.

        Susannah Fox is an Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and principal author of the Project’s survey reports on e-patients and online health. Here, Susannah displays an almost naive view of a health consumer”s requirements and sounds arrogant at places, especially while talking of Privacy rights.

        Read her <edited> views on Use of internet by e-patients.

        • Is a cultural shift affecting health care?

        Yes. Thanks to the internet, people increasingly expect to have access to information. They increasingly expect to be able to comment on and easily share information. And it turns out that participation matters as much as access.

        • How do people judge the quality of health information online?

        The best they can, but probably not the way you think they should. Most people’s first stop for health information is a general search site. Google dominates the search market. A British Medical Journal article found that Google is a pretty good diagnostician. Very few people report bad outcomes from their online health research.

        • Who’s in charge of vetting health information online? Shouldn’t we be concerned about this?

        Nobody’s “in charge” and to some degree, yes. The base of the internet population is broadening to include people with less education and lower health literacy/numeracy. E-patients with a high school degree or less are more likely than better-educated e-patients to say they were confused by the health information they found online. But note that the two groups are equally likely (and more likely) to say they felt confident to raise new questions or concerns with their doctor, too. Also read-*Medical Library Association’s consumer guide  AND*Alicia White’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” advice for reading health news (PDF).

        • What are doctor’s attitudes?

        I don’t know, but Manhattan Research and ThinkHealth do.

        • Are patients ready for this?

        The Center for Studying Health System Change’s study measuring “patient activation” is one indicator. The central role of family caregivers is not addressed in the study, however. Another indicator is the relentless popularity of health information online. Lots and lots of people are looking up information on all kinds of health topics.

        • What about privacy?

        Daniel Solove’s taxonomy of the word “privacyhas forever changed my thinking about the changing nature of personal information. In fact, I try to avoid using the word at all (instead: confidentiality, security, anonymity…)

        Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, is a good source on health privacy regulations and enforcement. Jules Polonetsky, Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, is a more general source.

        • Does the internet cause cyberchondria?

        Caution: “cyberchondria” is a loaded term. E-patients.net has hosted discussions of how to describe people who use the internet to gather health information. For example: Googlers vs. e-patients vs. cyberchondriacs.

        • What business opportunities are there in this field? What does the future hold?

        I am watching the spread of wireless internet use very closely. Wireless access has a significant, independent effect on how someone uses the internet and it’s the trend I am most excited about tracking over the next year or so.

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        FAQs regarding use of Internet in health care.- Pew Research report

        Posted by drneelesh on November 26, 2009

        The Pew Internet/Health FAQ |
        Original post on e-Patients.net

        The lessons learnt from Pew internet research report on e-patients.

        Susannah Fox is an Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and principal author of the Project’s survey reports on e-patients and online health. Here, Susannah displays an almost naive view of a health consumer”s requirements and sounds arrogant at places, especially while talking of Privacy rights.

        Read her <edited> views on Use of internet by e-patients.

        • Is a cultural shift affecting health care?

        Yes. Thanks to the internet, people increasingly expect to have access to information. They increasingly expect to be able to comment on and easily share information. And it turns out that participation matters as much as access.

        • How do people judge the quality of health information online?

        The best they can, but probably not the way you think they should. Most people’s first stop for health information is a general search site. Google dominates the search market. A British Medical Journal article found that Google is a pretty good diagnostician. Very few people report bad outcomes from their online health research.

        • Who’s in charge of vetting health information online? Shouldn’t we be concerned about this?

        Nobody’s “in charge” and to some degree, yes. The base of the internet population is broadening to include people with less education and lower health literacy/numeracy. E-patients with a high school degree or less are more likely than better-educated e-patients to say they were confused by the health information they found online. But note that the two groups are equally likely (and more likely) to say they felt confident to raise new questions or concerns with their doctor, too. Also read-*Medical Library Association’s consumer guide  AND*Alicia White’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” advice for reading health news (PDF).

        • What are doctor’s attitudes?

        I don’t know, but Manhattan Research and ThinkHealth do.

        • Are patients ready for this?

        The Center for Studying Health System Change’s study measuring “patient activation” is one indicator. The central role of family caregivers is not addressed in the study, however. Another indicator is the relentless popularity of health information online. Lots and lots of people are looking up information on all kinds of health topics.

        • What about privacy?

        Daniel Solove’s taxonomy of the word “privacyhas forever changed my thinking about the changing nature of personal information. In fact, I try to avoid using the word at all (instead: confidentiality, security, anonymity…)

        Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, is a good source on health privacy regulations and enforcement. Jules Polonetsky, Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, is a more general source.

        • Does the internet cause cyberchondria?

        Caution: “cyberchondria” is a loaded term. E-patients.net has hosted discussions of how to describe people who use the internet to gather health information. For example: Googlers vs. e-patients vs. cyberchondriacs.

        • What business opportunities are there in this field? What does the future hold?

        I am watching the spread of wireless internet use very closely. Wireless access has a significant, independent effect on how someone uses the internet and it’s the trend I am most excited about tracking over the next year or so.

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        Top learning tools of 2009

        Posted by drneelesh on November 20, 2009

        Pen tool

        Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
        as at 15 November 2009
        KEY
        F = Free, C= Commercial,  W = Windows, M=Mac, S=Server, O = Online
        Cells shaded blue are new tools on the list this year
        Cells shaded green are tools returning to the list this year

        Current ranking in 2009
        2008 2007
        TOOL
        #
        Votes
        Name
        Platform Cost
        1 11 43= Twitter
        Microblogging tool
        O F
        159
        2 1 2 Delicious
        Social bookmarking tool
        O F
        95.5
        3
        18 22=
        YouTube
        Video sharing site
        O F
        79.5
        4 3 7= Google Reader
        RSS / Feed reader
        O F
        79
        5
        7 14 Google Docs
        Office suite
        O F
        78.5
        6
        5 6
        WordPress
        Blogging tool
        O F
        69
        7
        20 31= Slideshare
        Hosting presentations
        O F
        64

        8

        6 3= Google Search
        Web search tool
        O F
        56

        9=

        12 11 Audacity
        Sound editor and recorder
        W M F 54
         
        2 1
        Firefox
        Web browser and extensions
        W M F
        54
        11=
        16 31= Ning
        Social networking platforms
        O F/C 49
         
        4 3= Skype
        Instant messaging/VoIP
        W M F/C
        49
        13
        8 5 PowerPoint
        Presentation software
        W M C
        47

        14=

        10 9 Blogger
        Blogging tool
        O F
        45

        9 12= Moodle
        Course mgt system
        S F
        45
        16
        17 17= iGoogle
        Personalised start page
        O F
        37.5
        17
        13 26= Wikipedia
        Collaborative encyclopedia
        O F
        36
        18
        15 16 flickr
        Photo storage/sharing site
        O F
        35
        19
        23 101= VoiceThread
        Collaborative slideshows
        O F
        33
        20
        26= Jing
        Screen captures/ casting tool
        W M F/C 30.5

        21

        14 7= Gmail
        Web-based email
        O F 30
        22=
        27 17= Adobe Captivate
        Demo and scenario tool
        W C
        29
         
        35= 72= diigo
        Social annotation site
        O F/C
        29

        24

        25 22= Articulate
        Presenter/Engage/ Quizmaker
        W C
        27
        25
        21 26= SnagIt
        Screen capture tool
        W C
        26.5
        26
        26= 50= Camtasia Studio
        Screencasting tool
        W C
        25.5
        27
        Evernote
        Note taking tool
        O F
        25
        28
        Prezi
        Presentation software
        O F 24
        29
        19 15 Wikispaces
        Wiki tool
        O F/C
        23
        30
        Wordle
        Word cloud generator
        O F 22
        31=
        animoto
        Create videos from your images
        O F
        21

        24 17= Facebook
        Social networking site
        O F
        21
         
        50= 43= iPhone/iPod/ Touch and apps 21
        34
        35= 43= PBworks (prev PBwiki)
        Wiki tool
        O F/C 19
        35
        59= 50= Adobe Photoshop
        Photo/Image editing tools
        W C
        17
        36=
            Blogs
        16
         
        22 10 Word
        Word processing software
        W M C
        16
        38=
        38= 43= Flash
        Animation authoring tool
        W M C
        15
         
        66= 101= Google Apps
        Google application suite
        O F/C
        15
         
        30= 31= LinkedIn
        Professional social network
        O F 15

        41=

        66= 72= Adobe Connect
        Web meeting/ conferencing
        O C
        14.5

        28 26= iTunes/iTunes U
        Music/podcast player and site
        W M F
        14.5

        43=

        Dimdim
        Web conferencing
        O F/C
        14
         
        50= 50= Elluminate
        Web conferencing
        O F/C
        14
         
        40= 40= Google Earth
        Satellite and aerial imagery
        W M F
        14
         
        Tweetdeck
        Desktop social software client
        W M F 14
         
            Wikis and wiki tools 14
        48
        65= 72= Keynote
        Presentation software
        M C
        12

        49

        59= 72= Edublogs
        Educational blogging tool
        O F
        11.5

        50=

        29 36= Google Calendar
        Web-based calendar
        O F
        10
         
        Sharepoint
        MS Intranet portal and collaboration environment
        S C
        10
          44= Wetpaint
        Wiki tool
        O F 10
        53=
        44= 26= Dreamweaver
        Web authoring tool
        W M C
        9
         
        40= Elgg
        Social engine
        S F 9
        55=
        83 Bubbl.us
        Online mindmapping tool
        O F
        8
          59= Garageband
        Personal recording studio
        M C
        8
          Glogster
        Make an interactive poster
        O F
        8
          Google Chrome
        Web browser
        W M F 8
          42= 17= Mindmanager Mindjet
        Mindmapping software
        W M C
        8
          37 26= Netvibes
        Personalised start page
        O F
        8
          Posterous
        Blogging/posting place
        O F
        8
          Screenr
        Screencasting tool
        O F 8
        63
        57= Picasa
        Photo organiser
        W/O F
        7.5
        64=
        Lectora
        Course authoring tool
        W C
        7
          80= 57= TeacherTube
        Instructional video sharing site
        O F
        7
          Udutu
        Online collaborative course authoring tool
        O F/C 7
        67=
        Cirip
        Micro-blogging platform
        O F
        6.5
          34 36= Google Maps
        Maps of the US. UK, etc (and mobile version)
        O F 6.5
         
        38= 17= Outlook
        Email client
        W C 6.5
         
        Webex
        Web conferencing tool
        O F 6.5
        71=
        66= Basecamp
        Track and manage projects
        O F/C
        6
          Dropbox
        Sync files online and across computers
        O C
        6
         
            Email
        6
         
        Etherpad
        Real-time document collaboration
        O F
        6
          Flip
        Digital camcorder
        C
        6
          54= 50= Freemind
        Mind mapping tool
        W M F
        6
          59= Google Sites
        Create web/wiki sites
        O F
        6
          GoToMeeting/GoToTrain
        Web conferencing system
        O C
        6
         

        41=

        31= OpenOffice
        Desktop office suite
        O F 6
          Picnik
        Photo editing tool
        W C 6
          ScreenToaster
        Screencasting tool
        O F 6
          83= 50= Scribd
        Document hosting/sharing
        O F
        6
          54= SecondLife
        Virtual world application
        O F
        6
          xtranormal
        Movie-making software
        D F 6
          Yammer
        Private micro-blogging platform
        O F 6
        86=
        30= 12= Bloglines
        RSS/Feed reader
        O F
        5.5
         
        Friendfeed
        Info sharing tool
        O F
        5.5
        88= 59= 72= Adobe Acrobat Pro
        Create and control PDF documents
        W M C
        5
         
        57= Adobe Fireworks
        Image editor
        W M C
        5
          Edmodo
        Educational micro-blogging service
        O F 5
          33 57= Google Alerts
        Keep track of new information
        O F
        5
          66= iMovie
        Video editing software
        M C
        5
          59= MindMeister
        Mind mapping tool
        O C
        5
          83= Movie Maker
        Create, edit and share home movies
        W C
        5
          31= Pageflakes
        Start page tool
        O F 5
          83= Paint.NET
        Image/photo editing software
        W F
        5
          72= Paintshop Pro
        Image editing software
        W C
        5
          54= Survey Monkey
        Survey/questionnaire tool
        O F/C

        5

          83= Twhirl
        Twitter desktop client
        W M F 5
          44= 57= TypePad
        Blogging tool
        O C 5

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        Study on use of interactive e-learning in Medicine

        Posted by drneelesh on November 19, 2009

        ELearning Rooms at UC-BCF


        Small study on use of interactive e-learning in Medicine


        <words> are mine.


        Technology used– live interactive webcasting using a scan converter, mixer, and digitizer, and video server to embed a presenter-controlled talking head or copy of the presenter’s computer screen (normally a PowerPoint slide) in a student chat room.

        Activity studied 16 students from six countries underwent weekly 2.5-hour live sessions for 10 weeks.<small size, but lets not be choosy.>

        Content used included the use of computers by patients, patient access to records, different forms of e-learning for patients and professionals, research methods in eHealth, geographic information systems, and telehealth. – <bias galore!>

        Conclusion– The model of synchronous e-learning based on interactive live webcasting was a successful method of delivering an international postgraduate module. Students found it engaging over a 10-week course. Although this is a small study, given that synchronous methods such as interactive webcasting are a much easier transition for lecturers used to face-to-face teaching than are asynchronous methods, they should be considered as <important>part of the blend of e-learning methods.


        Detailed study here-
        Use of Live Interactive Webcasting for an International Postgraduate Module in eHealth: Case Study Evaluation | Jones | Journal of Medical Internet Research


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        Use of interactive e-learning in Medicine- JMIR

        Posted by drneelesh on November 19, 2009

        Elearnroom


         
        A Small study on use of interactive e-learning in Medicine

        all words <within> are mine.



        Technology used– live interactive webcasting using a scan converter, mixer, and digitizer, and video server to embed a presenter-controlled talking head or copy of the presenter’s computer screen (normally a PowerPoint slide) in a student chat room.

        Activity studied – 16 students from six countries underwent weekly 2.5-hour live sessions for 10 weeks.<small size, but lets not be choosy.>

        Content used included the use of computers by patients, patient access to records, different forms of e-learning for patients and professionals, research methods in eHealth, geographic information systems, and telehealth. – <bias galore!>

        Conclusion– The model of synchronous e-learning based on interactive live webcasting was a successful method of delivering an international postgraduate module. Students found it engaging over a 10-week course. Although this is a small study, given that synchronous methods such as interactive webcasting are a much easier transition for lecturers used to face-to-face teaching than are asynchronous methods, they should be considered as <important>part of the blend of e-learning methods.

        Detailed study here-
        Use of Live Interactive Webcasting for an International Postgraduate Module in eHealth: Case Study Evaluation | Jones | Journal of Medical Internet Research

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        drneelesh’s elearning topic- Nov 2009

        Posted by drneelesh on November 19, 2009

        — 
        healthcare IT

        drneelesh’s e-learning topic  

        November 2009



        • ResearchGATE MasterBlog: The best of the scientific world
        • A Google Wave Cheat Sheet
        Posted: 16 Nov 2009 12:49 PM PST
        scienceroll.com


        It’s a pleasure to announce that I will manage the MasterBlog of ResearchGATE, the biggest scientific community site. My job is to find and select the best content written by scientists in the community and share these with the readers. Here is what I wrote today in my new ResearchGATE blog:

        Today we start streaming the best content produced by the ResearchGATE community here by sharing selected blog entries and microarticles. Blog entries will cover a wide variety of topics from all disciplines while microarticles are a summary of a peer-reviewed publication in 300 characters or less. We hope you find this blog useful and if you are a researcher, academic, journalist, or someone who uses research, we encourage you to join our community.

        And an excerpt from the press release:

        Efficient communication is the key to scientific progress, which is why the world’s largest academic  networking platform ResearchGATE is offering so many tools for exchanging ideas, papers, schedules and more. The latest application, to be introduced this week, makes it even easier for the 180,000 members to share news, thoughts and research results: Every profile within ResearchGATE now contains a personal blogging function.
        Users are offered the choice between publishing just within their network or to a greater audience through their public profile. They can also submit entries to ResearchBLOG, the new public channel of the ResearchGATE scientific community. The highest quality posts from individual members are aggregated here to provide a reputable source for science news, commentary, research, and innovation from all fields of enquiry.

        rg


        Posted: 14 Nov 2009 05:37 AM PST
        wave

        The Google Wave Info blog has published a quick list of commands for use in Google Wave with the Google Wave Cheat Sheet. This mega-list provides syntax definitions in the following categories:

        • Search Cheat Sheet
        • Status
        • Participants
        • Date Search
        • Folders
        • Attachments
        • Tags
        • Gadgets
        • Expressions
        • Phrases
        • XML Search
        • Wave ID
        • Zero Inbox
        • Saved Searches
        • Filters
        • Folders
        • Language Filter

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              Global Healthcare advertising awards for Langland and Mother advertising

              Posted by drneelesh on November 19, 2009

              The IPA Best of Health Awards celebrate the best creativity in Healthcare advertising, a sector which embraces the promotion of brands to both healthcare professionals and consumers.This years awards took place on Thursday 9th July,2009 at Gilgamesh Studios in Camden.

              Mother Advertising was awarded the ‘Best of Show’ for advertising to consumers, for their ‘Pablo campaign’ for Frank; the Government’s anti-drug website and telephone helpline that offers advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs. The television advertising campaign features Pablo the dog as a drugs mule witnessing first-hand the dark side of cocaine.

              Langland , founded in 1991, and claiming to be “largest independent health care advertising agency in the UK”, was awarded the ‘Best of Show’ for advertising to healthcare professionals, for their ‘Smell the stilton’ direct marketing piece for Nexavar; a drug used to treat renal cancer sufferers. Their book comprises a collection of the surprising and uplifting things people choose to do after being diagnosed with cancer.

              And BTW, Langland is the same company which produced an award-winning cinema commercial this year which showed a man pulling a dead rat out of his mouth (advt. for Pfizer).

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