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Prefix, suffix: eeverything and versions out of control

August 15, 2009

It made sense at the beginning. A way to distinguish one format from another. Electronic mail and postal mail. With the Internet came confusion. The sentence, “I will mail it to you tomorrow” lead to puzzled looks. “Do you mean through the computer or by postal mail”? Electronic mail soon became e-mail. Next thing...
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Seven habits of highly collaborative people

August 15, 2009

I recently saw reference to the book, “Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change“, once a very popular self-help style book but now out of print. As I’ve been thinking about collaboration a lot lately, within the context of ehealth, elearning and I started wondering about how we can collaborate...
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The balance of centred care

August 9, 2009

There has been a movement, for some time now, to shift into what has been referred to as a “patient-centred care” paradigm. This pops up in the nursing as well as the IPE (interprofessional education) literature and even within arts informed research. Heck there was even an article calling for a global definition of...
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Collaborate: working together to achieve a common goal

August 6, 2009

Turns out the word collaborate is pretty popular right now. A quick Google search leads to 79,600,000 hits. Ok so it’s no “Britney Spears” (who, BTW, when searched in Google actually yields fewer hits at 77,400,000). The term collaboration has been used in education (collaborative learning theories such as “Communities of Practice“), in recent...
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Motivation, the four minute mile, the Manhattan Project and the EHR

August 5, 2009

Recently my colleague Cameron Norman tweeted about the XPrize and how it could be used to motivate improvements in ehealth. I had also thought of this before as well. What would basement dwelling geeks do if we offered, oh I don’t know, say one million to create a secure, accessible, open source, EHR?? Keyboards...
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The wacky world of Wikipedia

August 3, 2009

In December of 2008 Alex Jadad and I published had an editorial on the definition of health in the BMJ. The purpose of this article was to stimulate discussion on the definition of health, first proposed by the WHO in 1948. We felt it was time to re-visit this issue. One of our ideas...
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The pager, the cellphone, the hospital and EHR

August 1, 2009

Hey, have you ever worked in a hospital? I have. Three of them in fact. Are they really like what is portrayed on TV and in film? Yup. Pretty much. One of the best depictions I’ve seen is “The Hospital” (ok, except for the murder plot). Wrong procedures on the wrong patients…bureaucratic headaches, staffing...
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Social networking and the cure for cancer

July 31, 2009

Well, one might ask, “What does social networking have to do with the cure for cancer”? I’ve been wondering that myself…I think that the kind of information that is shared in health-related social networks, especially as they become more and more refined in the data they collect (e.g. www.patientslikeme.com) are going to be very...
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July 25, 2009

The purpose of this site is to share information about the use of technology as a collaborative tool to learn about health care issues. My interests include patients, caregivers and health professionals. I’m especially interested in finding ways in which all three of these populations can work together. You can also follow me on...
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