Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Grand Rounds: Healthcare Innovations and New Technologies

Welcome to Grand Rounds, this week's best of the medical blogosphere.

The medical blogosphere is made up of a growing number of physicians, nurses, students, PAs, patients, scientists, social workers, administrators, engineers, IT professionals, librarians, EMTs, consultants, and many other people involved in health care.

On the right is a graph of the blogs that mention "Grand Rounds." The spikes on the graph represent Tuesdays, when Grand Rounds are traditionally posted.

The theme of this Grand Rounds will be "Healthcare Innovations and New Technologies." Some background on this theme: I chose "Healthcare Innovations" because I will be participating in a panel discussion titled "Healthcare 2.0: Technology & Healthcare Services of the Future" at the 5th Annual Healthcare M&A and Corporate Development Conference. (And by all means, if you'll be at the conference, look me up.)

Update: The Medscape pre-rounds interview is here (free registration required).

Thanks to all who submitted. There are a wide variety of posts, including many that discuss innovations and many that discuss the implications of new scientific knowledge and technologies. Here are the posts:

(Scenic byway, uploaded to Flickr by Smcgee)

Gene Ostrovsky from Medgadget.com has two submissions, both on "mind-reading" devices. The first showcases Ambient, a company which created a thought-driven wheelchair. And there's a video. The second is on Microsoft's research to create mind-reading software based on EEGs.

How to Cope with Pain
discusses "mirror therapy," a new treatment for phantom pain and other types of chronic pain.

Amy Tenderich at Diabetes Mine has two posts. The first is on "the oxygen sandwich", a new method of keeping insulin-producing beta cells alive until they're ready for transplantation. The second is on the Charmr, an insulin pump that doesn't exist yet. Here's what happened. Amy wrote an open letter to Steve Jobs asking him to design a medical device with all the sophistication and user experience of the iPod. Adaptive Path, a design firm, took her up on the challenge. See the video below for the result.

Dr. Paul Auerbach, in Medicine for the Outdoors, discusses the SteriPEN, an innovative technology the uses ultraviolet light to provide safe drinking water.

At Healthline Connects, JC Jones discusses the health problems of private military/security contractors in war zones.

At Nurse Ratched's Place, new and old ideas in psychiatry -- Freud, brief therapy, and the "hepatic douche" -- are discussed.

Eric Turkewitz from the New York Personal Injury Law Blog talks about the decision by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to put data on infection and death rates online. It's part of an effort to provide greater transparency and improved outcomes in healthcare.

Julie Bookspan of the Fitness Fixer discusses an innovative way to relieve back pain by concentrating on the abdominal muscles.

David Williams has two posts this week. On MedTripInfo, he interviews Maggi Ann Grace, author of State of the Heart, who discusses her husband's heart valve surgery in India. On the Health Business Blog, he discusses some of the problems with concierge medicine.

Henry Stern from Insureblog posts on "borrowing your way to health," the new trend of low-interest financing for medical procedures.

The second annual healthcare blogger's survey, sponsored by Envision Solutions, LLC, and Trusted.MD Network, is here.

At DiseaseProof, Dr. Joel Fuhrman discusses the implications of having a slow metabolic rate.

Dr. Nancy Brown at Teen Health 411 introduces two web sites on teen health created by the Adolescent Interest Group at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She also discusses ways of getting teens hooked into preventive health care.

Six Until Me discusses an innovative way of teaching about diabetes: Captain Glucose and Meter Boy.

Laurie Edwards from A Chronic Dose interviews Jonathan Shaw at Healia.com about the creation of an application for the social networking site Facebook.

ERnursey discusses the use of pain medications during disasters, with an eye towards the case of Dr. Anna Pou in Hurricane Katrina.

Ves Dimov at Clinical Cases and Images shows how to make your own shareable online library using Google Books.

Can mobile phones interfere with medical devices? Previous studies suggested no, but On the Wards evaluates new evidence suggesting they can.

Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good, written by a volunteer emergency department chaplain, talks about how it must feel to be the last person who doesn't receive the latest new medical advance.

And finally, Roy from Shrink Rap wonders whether, ironically, the increase in suicide rates among children and adolescents may be due to the decrease in antidepressant prescriptions caused by the black box warning that antidepressants can increase suicide in children. Got that?

It's been a pleasure to host Grand Rounds for the third time. Thanks to all who submitted! (And thanks, as always, to Dr. Genes, for organizing Grand Rounds.) Next week's Grand Rounds will be held at Six Until Me, a blog about diabetes mellitus.


Kim said...

Looks like a great edition! This was an interesting theme!

enoch said...

great job! hope to see some of you all in Chicago next monday & tues at CDHCC, and next thursday at Health2.0 in San Francisco

hgstern said...

What an outstanding job...Thanx, Doc!

And thank you for including our post.

AmyT of www.diabetesmine.com said...

Excellent job on a big, clear Grand Rounds. Loved the theme, too :)

Roy said...

Great job (as usual :-)