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Top Websites in India – October 2009


Top Networking sites


1) Orkut
2) Facebook 
3) Bharatstudent
4) Linkedin  
5) ibibo.com

    Top eCommerce sites

    1) eBay
    2) Amazon 
    3) Rediff shopping 
    4) Bookmyshow – BookMyShow offers advance booking of local movie show times, movie ticket, buy concert tickets, new release movies, etc
    5) Indiatimes shopping.

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      Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

       

      MedPedia.com, Inc. – Whats the story ?


      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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      Posted by on November 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

       

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


      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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      Posted by on November 26, 2009 in Google, Research

       

      Quantros to provide health care SaaS in India


      Fatal medical errors in health care services are much commoner than generally believed. The number of years of potential life lost from potential medication errors is greater than the number of years of potential life lost from all accidents combined, including falls and drowning! A recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine showed that deaths due to medical errors are increasing exponentially, with increase of fatal medical errors by 360% over 2 decades. Use of health care IT will go a long way in preventing such consequences.



      >Dr. Sanjaya Kumar’ is a Medical informatics and healthcare technology expert bringing message of patient safety and quality to Bangalore hospitals. His mission is his passion- working to make healthcare safer worldwide, and promoting hospital safety.With a talented team of doctors and technologists, Quantros now provides SaaS in the health care field with special emphasis on decision support system and patient safety protocols, to bring down fatal medical errors. Quantros also provides software and services to healthcare organizations in the areas of quality, risk management, performance improvement, accreditation and compliance, real-time surveillance and centralized business and clinical decision support solutions. Claiming to service more than a thousand clients, Dr.Kumar is now trying to bring his technology to India, via Bangalore.


      Dr. Sanjaya Kumar, of Quantros, Inc., along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom shall visit Bangalore during Late November < 27th november onwards>as part of a San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative. The San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative is a volunteer-driven, not-for profit-organization that aims to engage individuals and institutions in Bangalore and San Francisco in creating sustainable 21st century cities through an exchange of environmental, economic, technological, and cultural ideas, expertise and resources.
      Hoping to see some interaction between Dr.Kumar (Quantros) and Dr.Devi Shetty <Narayan Hradayalay) at Bangalore. Dr.Devi Shetty is one of India”s foremost change-pushers and has already demonstrated some brilliant out-of-the-box ideas , typical to Indian conditions and attitudes, which have clicked superbly.

       
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      Posted by on November 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

       

      Reducing Fatal medical errors- US delegation to Bangalore


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      First, do no harm” – Hippocratic Oath.

       Fatal medical errors in health care services are much commoner than generally believed. The number of years of potential life lost from potential medication errors is greater than the number of years of potential life lost from all accidents combined, including falls and drowning! A recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine showed that deaths due to medical errors are increasing exponentially, with increase of fatal medical errors by 360% over 2 decades. So much so, that doctors are discussing the best ways to disclose fully and in clear language, any possibilities of medical errors. Dr. Sanjaya Kumaris a Medical informatics and healthcare technology expert bringing message of patient safety and quality to Bangalore hospitals. His mission is his passion- working to make healthcare safer worldwide, and promoting hospital safety.

      Dr. Sanjaya Kumar, founder and Chief Medical Officer of Quantros, Inc., along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom shall visit Bangalore during Late November as part of a San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative

      Kumar founded Quantros, Inc., a web-based SaaS vendor that provides software and services to healthcare organizations in the areas of patient safety, quality, risk management, performance improvement, accreditation and compliance, real-time surveillance and centralized business and clinical decision support solutions.

      And Kumar is not alone in his mission. As a mentor to Kumar, a board member of Quantros and a founding director of the San Francisco-Bangalore alliance, businessman Vish Mishra has particular insight into Kumar. “I am very happy to see Dr. Kumar taking his message to hospitals in India about patient safety and promoting use of technology to address this problem,” said Mishra, Venture Director of Clearstone Venture Partners of California and India, and President of TiE Silicon Valley, the founding and largest chapter of TiE, the largest not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.

      Vish Mishra added, “Medication errors are among the leading causes of deaths in U.S. hospitals. By some estimates, it’s 100,000 patients. Given India’s size, this figure could be much larger there. I’m glad that the Sister City Initiative can create an historic opportunity to share these types of best practices from America to promote safer patient care.”

      In advance of the trip, Kumar has pledged to donate to Indian hospitals 500 copies of his book, Fatal Care, which features detailed personal stories of medical errors and practical tips for patients how to safeguard themselves in hospitals




       
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      Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

       

      Global Healthcare advertising awards for Langland and Mother advertising


      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 In 2009 which produced an award-winning cinema commercial which showed a man pulling a dead rat out of his mouth 9 for Pfizer).

       
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      Posted by on November 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

       

      Global Healthcare advertising awards for Langland and Mother advertising


      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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      Posted by on November 19, 2009 in Advertising, UK