Thursday, November 22, 2007

Automated health counselors help reduce readmission rates and encourage positive behavioral choices.

Automated health counselors help reduce readmission rates and encourage positive behavioral choices.
In busy clinics and hospitals, clinicians struggle to spend adequate time with every patient. There are rarely enough hours in the day to answer each patient’s questions or to thoroughly instruct each one in complex medication or self-care regimens, let alone test the comprehension of this information...

Research Data Show Variations in E-Health Behaviors

New data from the National Research Corporation show that e-health behaviors can vary significantly based on a user's age, chronic conditions, insurance coverage and income. To be successful, Web-based health services must be easy to use, offer convenience and provide real value...

Victoria Order of Nurses launches patient monitoring program

VON Canada and the Erie St. Clair Community Care and Access Centre are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative chronic disease self-management program called Stay @ Home. The first phase of the program, in the Chatham-Kent region of Ontario, is aimed at 20-25 individuals with diabetes who are at risk of hospitalization or emergency room visits. It introduces the use of a telehome monitoring program enhanced by disease specific education and self-management classes.

“The project offers yet another tangible example of what can be done to improve patient care and comfort in their homes, while helping to reduce burdens on hospitals and the healthcare system,” says Dr. Judith Shamian (pictured), President and CEO of VON Canada. “This project allows clients to remain in their homes instead of in an institutional setting and to play an active role in their treatment and recovery. It’s a great example of the application of technology bringing about a win-win for both patients and hospitals.”

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Call for Papers

* ICMCC Event 2008
* Patient Empowerment – The Power of Information
* WBS, University of Westminster
* London, UK
* June 9-11, 2008

Please find the call for papers for the ICMCC Event 2008, the annual conference of the International Council on Medical & Care Compunetics – ICMCC (

For its fifth annual event, ICMCC will focus on the power of information. Information is both the result of data put to use and, once combined with experience, the basis of knowledge. If used properly it can empower patients, both actively and passively.
Information is one of the primordial aspects of medical and care compunetics, the field of social, societal and ethical aspects of computing and networking.
Therefore information related aspects will be at the core of the 2008 event program and this call for papers.

The main themes of the conference are:
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Approaches
Patient Record Access
Data- , Information-, Knowledge Management

Authors are encouraged to focus their contributions from a patient’s perspective.

Accepted papers will be published in “Medical and Care Compunetics 5” (IOS Press - "Studies in Health Technology and Informatics"), available at the conference.

Papers can be sent as mail attachments to mentioning "Event paper" in the subject line before February 18, 2008.

For more detailed information please refer to

HC2008 Call for Participations - 7 days to deadline

HC2008 INVITATION TO THE FUTURE 21-23 April 2008 Frontline care services are about to undergo even more substantial change in order to meet the challenges of providing healthcare and social care in the digital age. The focus of the 2008 event, therefore, is on looking forward. It will consider how care services could look in five or more years time and how best to get there.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

“The Digital Health Revolution”

Interesting web site from The Dr Geek M.D.,

ScribeMedia is producing a new WebTV Show called “The Digital Health
Revolution” (DHR):

This bi-weekly program chronicles how the Internet, computers, mobile
phones and other technologies are impacting health globally.

A major emphasis of DHR will be on how social media (e.g, blogs,
podcasts and social networks) have handed unprecedented power to the
masses. It features in-depth and intimate interviews with the people
who are researching, using and creating the digital technologies that
are reshaping health today.

The show is hosted by Fard Johnmar, founder of healthcare marketing
communications consultancy Envision Solutions, LLC
( Johnmar has been recognized globally
for his social media expertise. He also writes HealthcareVox
(, which was listed as one of the world’s top
50 English language blogs by