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MEDTING Collaboration Groups, Webicina.com and Other Social Media

Many members of IMIA’s Social Media Working Group (SMWG) are actively involved in activities – some commercial, some academic – that are demonstrating practical uses of social media tools in the health and health informatics domains. Below, we share some examples.

MEDTING Launches Collaboration Groups – and chance to win iPad2

MEDTING is a web platform that allows physicians (and others) to share medical images and videos and build clinical cases online. It is also useful for creating a clinical social network for case collaboration, knowledge exchange or second opinion. Founder Miguel Cabrer is an active member of the IMIA SMWG.

MEDTING now allows the creation of work-groups where the users will be able to collaborate and share clinical cases and images privately between the work-group users. Each group is identified by a logo and managed by a group administrator. The groups functionality and management in MEDTING has a small monthly or yearly fee. The MEDTING launch promotion for the collaboration groups is giving away 50 iPads 2 when purchasing the Group. If you want to get an all-new iPad 2, you only have to acquire a collaboration group for twelve months, but hurry up because just the 50 first groups will get an iPad 2. See http://www.medicalexchangemedting.com/ipad2/ for information on the launch promotion and on Collaboration Groups. Further information about MEDTING is at http://www.medicalexchangemedting.com

WEBICINA.COM – Curating Health Resources in Social Media

Webicina.com has been developed to provide free access to curated online health and medical resources in social media, designed for patients and health/medical professionals. It is now available in over 17 languages, providing more than 3,000 resources in 80 health/medical specialties and conditions. PeRSSonalized Medicine, part of webicina.com, is a free, customizable, multi-lingual aggregator of quality medical resources in social media in over 80 medical specialties and conditions.IMIA SMWG members have contributed to several resources, including PeRSSonalized Nursing – http://www.webicina.com/perssonalized/?cat=34 – and are working on a PeRSSonalized Health/Biomedical Informatics resource.

The newly-available free iPhone version of the resources also includes a Health 2.0 Quiz which was designed to help empowered patients and medical professionals know more about the world of medicine and social media (see http://scienceroll.com/2011/03/15/webicina-iphone-application-is-available-in-itunes/). An Android version is expected to be launched soon.

Webicina.com was founded by Hungarian doctor Bertalan Mesko, while he was still a medical student. Bertalan (Berci) also authors the award-winning medical blog, scienceroll.com and teaches the world’s first university course dedicated to “Web 2.0 and Medicine”. He is also an active member of the IMIA SMWG.

mEDUCATOR – Digital Content in Europe

mEducator (http://www.meducator.net) is an EU funded project (under the eContent plus programme) that attempts to establish “best practice” towards the repurposing and sharing of medical educational multi-type content. It has 14 partners from universities and other bodies in several European countries; in addition to collecting resources, it is exploring standards in learning materials. The project is lead by Panagiotis D. Bamidis, of  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, who is an active member of the IMIA SMWG.

New Media Medicine, HIVE

New Media Medicine (http://www.newmediamedicine.com), a social networking website for UK doctors and medical students, Health Informatics Forum (http://www.healthinformaticsforum.com), a social networking website and discussion forum for Health Informatics professionals, students and academics, and HIVE (Health InnoVation Exchange – http://www.hive.org.nz), a community of clinicians, students, technologists, policy-makers and others sharing ideas and promoting innovation in the New Zealand healthcare sector, are among several projects that Chris Paton, Chair of the IMIA SMWG, has active involvement.

DISCLAIMER: The material in this post is provided for information only. It does not imply IMIA endorsement of any products mentioned, and IMIA has no commercial interests.

March 31, 2011 - Posted by | education, miscellany | , , , ,

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