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>Use of Social and Mobile Media for Health Change.

Posted by drneelesh on March 5, 2011


Margaret Morris, PhD, clinical psychologist and senior researcher in Intel’s Digital Health Group, studies the ways that emerging technologies can enhance mental and physical wellbeing. She shares her latest research into the use of social and mobile media for health change.
Filmed September 28, 2010 | Philadelphia

Margaret covers 3 theories and research into how to apply them to helping people make healthy choices:

* Emotional Awarenes
Facilitating awareness of behaviors through mobile therapy – can your phone be your psychologist?
* Social Psychology
People are very affected by what they think other people are doing – how can we tailor messages that will motivate people to make the right choices?
* Loss Aversion
Loss affects us twice as much in a negative way as gain affects us in a positive way – how can we use this “stick” to help people change?


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>Inkling, iPad and Medical Textbooks.

Posted by drneelesh on February 28, 2011


We have been waiting for a good interactive medical textbook for a long long time. We have earlier looked at Blio Reader. Blio reader accepts as input a PDF or ePub version of a text and allows the addition of interactive multi-media elements, including video, quizzes and live internet content, while allowing annotations and note taking.

Now we have interactive textbooks on iPad via Inkling.

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>The Future of eCommerce is Social commerce

Posted by drneelesh on February 24, 2011


Social commerce is a subset of electronic commerce that involves using social media, online media that supports social interaction and user contributions, to assist in the online buying and selling of products and services.

More succinctly, social commerce is the use of social network(s) in the context of e-commerce.

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>Tracing The First Decade of Wikipedia (Video)

Posted by drneelesh on January 23, 2011


Wikipedia has been around for Ten years now. Over the years, it has proved itself to be a much maligned and under-appreciated source of information to a large number of people.

The WikiMedia foundation has now set its eyes on the developing markets like India, and it will be interesting to see Wikipedia make it through another few years without advertising revenues.

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>6 Great Ways to Kick start Your Health Community.

Posted by drneelesh on January 11, 2011



Despite all the debate about the many differentiating feature of health communities, they are at their core like any other online community. And growing a health community faces almost the same challenges as growing  any other non-specialist communities.

Feverbee is a good source of gyan for building online communities. Created by Richard Millington, it is overflowing with solid practical advice in building vibrant online communities. We have taken one of their recent posts and edited it to answer our own question.

How to Kick Start a passive Health Community? 6 questions which will enthuse activity in your community forum and encourage people to share:

(1) What is your average day like? People love to talk about themselves winning over their arthritis/ diabetes/ whatever. Ask them what their average day is like and they’ll tell you. They’ll also compare it with anyone else that answers.

(2) This question can be difficult to monitor/ balance but will surely get you a lot of traffic. Can anyone recommend ( a healthcare service provider, source of information, treatment strategy which worked for you)…..? People like to be helpful and show off knowledge. Asking for recommendations will solicit knowledge and engagement from users. Another variant of this is Who/What are your top 5 …………… ? Ranking is addictive. Ask people to rank their top 5 anything and then try to create an overall ranking based upon the community.

(3) What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you whilst you have been unwell….. ? Self explanatory. Let members share their stories. It’ll almost certainly boost activity and return visits. Members will slowly get to know and like each other.

(4) Has anyone tried…………….. ? Again, has anyone is all-encompassing and people are likely to share their experiences.

(5) What would you do if ……. ? Create a hypothetical situation, perhaps a problem lots of people face, and ask members what they would do. Life problems work well here.

(6) What should every newcomer know about ….? Well, what should every newcomer know about something relevant in your community? It’s great and much needed advice – perfect for a sticky-thread. 

PS: We recommend an Editorial board of independent experts for every health community.  Plus, Always let users flag content as spam or promotional. Contact for help in creating health communities targeting physicians/ health consumers in India.

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>The History of Medicine : Video 2.0

Posted by drneelesh on January 10, 2011

>Video recounts the history of medicine from ancient China to web 2.0

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Exploring Virtual Worlds for Scenario-Based Repeated Team Training of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Medical Students

Posted by drneelesh on September 7, 2010

Exploring Virtual Worlds for Scenario-Based Repeated Team Training of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Medical Students: “Background: Contemporary learning technologies, such as massively multiplayer virtual worlds (MMVW), create new means for teaching and training. However, knowledge about the effectiveness of such training is incomplete, and there are no data regarding how students experience it. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a field within medicine in high demand for new and effective training modalities. Objective: In addition to finding a feasible way to implement CPR training, our aim was to investigate how a serious game setting in a virtual world using avatars would influence medical students’ subjective experiences as well as their retention of knowledge. Methods: An MMVW was refined and used in a study to train 12 medical students in CPR in 3-person teams in a repeated fashion 6 months apart. An exit questionnaire solicited reflections over their experiences. As the subjects trained in 4 CPR scenarios, measurements of self-efficacy, concentration, and mental strain were made in addition to measuring knowledge. Engagement modes and coping strategies were also studied. Parametric and nonparametric statistical analyses were carried out according to distribution of the data. Results: The majority of the subjects reported that they had enjoyed the training, had found it to be suitable, and had learned something new, although several asked for more difficult and complex scenarios as well as a richer virtual environment. The mean values for knowledge dropped during the 6 months from 8.0/10 to 6.25/10 (P = .002). Self-efficacy increased from before to after each of the two training sessions, from 5.9/7 to 6.5/7 (P = .01) after the first and from 6.0/7 to 6.7/7 (P = .03) after the second. The mean perceived concentration value increased from 54.2/100 to 66.6/100 (P = .006), and in general the mental strain was found to be low to moderate (mean = 2.6/10). Conclusions: Using scenario-based virtual world team training with avatars to train medical students in multi-person CPR was feasible and showed promising results. Although we found no evidence of stimulated recall of CPR procedures in our test-retest study, the subjects were enthusiastic and reported increased concentration during the training. We also found that subjects’ self-efficacy had increased after the training. Despite the need for further studies, these findings imply several possible uses of MMVW technology for future emergency medical training.

This is the abstract only. Read the full article on the JMIR site. JMIR is the leading open access journal for eHealth and healthcare in the Internet age.

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Access Dermatology – free multimedia educational site by Reuters

Posted by drneelesh on July 6, 2010

According to the website, Access Dermatology is a multimedia educational platform aimed at delivering continuing education to dermatology professionals that follows a yearly academic syllabus.

The Scientific Skills section includes:

– Webcasts of congress and other scientific meetings sessions

– Image Bank – a library of images on several disease areas with an alphabetical search engine

– Breaking News – drug development, diagnosis and treatment, congress highlights, symposia webcasts, keynote speaker interviews

– Core Papers – series of articles on disease, treatment and novel therapeutic approaches

– Clinical Trials – a guide to key clinical trials in dermatology

This is the link to the Advisory Board of the website. The project is sponsored by Prous Science S.A.U., a part of Thomson Reuters.

The access to most of the resources requires free registration.

Breaking news
Clinical Trials
Congress Reports

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New Tools for Educators in Second Life

Posted by drneelesh on July 2, 2010

Over 5000 educators use Second Life to teach including Harvard Law professors Charlie and Becca Nesson.  The new viewer promises to draw more teachers to the fold as virtual life is a lot easier for newbies and inworld tools are a whole lot more collaborative.

What new tools for educators are breathing life into Second Life?

HTML on a Prim

In Second Life, sharing websites has been slightly cumbersome.  In the old-old days, the only way to do it was to open a browser outside the SL platform.  While not terribly taxing, it was a pain for students to toggle back and forth.

Those days are long gone, and improvements and upgrades allowed you to set a parcel to a specific web page for viewing, but NOW you can actually WRITE ON the prim, click it, use YouTube, search for images, Google, check email, or even edit a collaborative wiki.

second life educators

This is an uber cool feature for teachers because it allows them to use a wiki as a live chalkboard.  While students will have to refresh their views to see updates, they won’t have to leave Second Life to do it.  Sweeeet.

Easy Peasy Menu

In the old viewer, the infamous pie wheel appeared when you right-clicked on yourself.  Now, life is not so complicated.  There is a menu bar on the right side that hosts all of the options you will need as a new or advanced user.

second life educators

This is truly helpful to teachers because most of the initial class time spent in world was devoted to trying to show students how to find things like their inventory (hair is really important in creating your second self!).  Everything a new resident needs is on this new side menu.

People Locator

One of the fair criticisms of Second Life is that there is never anybody in it.  That isn’t actually true, since 65,000 users are always logged in and millions of people have accounts.  The problem is, like in real life, people are scattered and pockets of people are hard to find.  It isn’t any different than real life; if you were to go to a bank at 3AM, you would hope to find it empty.

second life educators

Since Second Life is a 24 hour operation with people from every corner of the earth, there is a great chance you are logged in at a time when other folks are sleeping.  The new people locator helps you find the hot spot pockets of people.  If you want to send your students to do a survey or to observe avatar behavior, they can simply click on the people finder and teleport to the nearest cluster of people.

Easy Talk

The new viewer includes a much easier way to use the voice system.  Now there is one simple button to push, and you are able to chat away with your students.  The old menu wasn’t hard, but it was a bit cumbersome and not at all intuitive.  This one-button approach will help students get connected instantly.

Educators in Second Life

Educators will love the new Second Life viewer because it is easier to use and more functional.  Less time will be spent showing students how to wear shoes, and more time can be spent working in groups on collaborative content.

Lots of seasoned SL bloggers have been discussing the new viewer, and experienced users have mixed emotions about the new look and feel of it.  How do you feel about the new viewer?  Do you think it will be easier for educators to use, or should Linden Lab tweak it a bit before it goes out of Beta?

Image credit: Daniel Voyager

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>Best Practices in Maintaining Blogs

Posted by drneelesh on July 2, 2010

> I am a regular reader at ProBlogger and love the tips i get there.See the presentation below to get an overview of best blogging practices in a nutshell. 

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