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2011 Autumn Semester Week 10: The Future

December 5, 2011

This is the last week of this semester.

First part of the slideshow: Life after web 2.0

  • History of the internet
  • Buzzwords! (there is no physical difference between web or web 2.0)
  • Features of web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0
  • Concept of semantic web: example of collecting stamps
  • I write documents about all of my stamps and later I want to find stamps with red background
  • What to do? I do a search but will find the Red Cross stamp and other stamps that have red in their names but don’t have a red background.
  • Solution: tell the computer stamp is a stamp, but red is a colour.
  • Give meaning to information.


Take-home message: The story is just about to begin…

Second part of the slideshow: Summary of the last 10 weeks

  • 10 weeks – 20 slideshows
  • 2 slideshows each week
  • 2 major questions in each slideshow
  • Examples for all the tools and sites we have talked about. Many many examples.
  • This is the first university credit course of its kind in the world.

Take-home message: I hope I could help you on your way towards web 2.0…

Third part of the slideshow: Survey results

  • Students filled in a survey before and after the course.
  • Now I analyzed the results which we will publish in a peer-reviewed journal soon.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 9: Second Life and Virtual Reality in Medicine

November 27, 2011

First slideshow:

A shorter version of the original slideshow with my own narration:

  • More than 20 million users, 30,000,000 online hours
  • What does SL mean for people?
  • It used to mean gambling (but not now)
  • Game? work? (The number of Second Life residents generating more than $5,000 in monthly income has more than quadrupled to 116 in the past year, according to San Francisco’s Linden Lab, owner of Second Life.); place?; tool?; entertainment?; sport?; opportunity?; appearance?
  • Technological barriers: register, download, install, open, log in
  • You can fly, walk, teleport, buy, sell, build.
  • Communication (chat, IM, e-mail, voice)
  • advantages (3D, media content, fast communication – SL fitness)
  • disadvantages (reliability, serious hardware requirement)
  • why do we need a SL?



Take-home message: great opportunities for patients and medical professionals as well.

Second slideshow:

Take-home message: Second Life provides useful tools to organize meetings, educate and learn without borders.

Free e-guide about medicine and virtual worlds on Webicina.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 8: New Media and Education 2.0

November 18, 2011

First slideshow: New Media in Medicine

  • Lifehacks about how to be efficient online


Take-home message: Make your online work as efficient, productive and time-saving as possible.

Second slideshow: Education 2.0

  • What we have to face: lack of inspiration (educators) and lack of motivation (students)
  • But we can find motivation and inspiration online
  • e.g. Ted Talks – Ken Robinson
  • Why? We’re changing (students, even children use different communication channels) – Vision of students;
  • We’re digital natives, Generation Z.
  • Many examples, statistics about the problems with education
  • “If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me”

Take-home message: The web is full of educational resources. Use them wisely.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 7: Social Media in Healthcare

November 14, 2011

First slideshow: Healthcare in social media

Lee Aase’s slideshow about Mayo Clinic

  • 2) doctors promoting practices via social media
  • Describing Hello Health

Take-home message: Doctors, hospitals and scientists use social media for different purposes. Find your strategy and the proper tools.

Second slideshow: Collaboration Online

  • Collaboration so far: mails, e-mails, etc.
  • Now: (how to edit, open, save, publish, etc)
  • What kind of offline tools we have to substitute online?
  • Table = wiki
  • White board = Twitter
  • Notes = Google Docs
  • Talk = Skype
  • And many more: Google Groups, blogs, Friedfeed rooms,…
  • Sharing examples: writing manuscripts with Google Docs; finding collaborators on, etc.

Take-home message: There are no boundaries of collaboration any more.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 6: Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

November 6, 2011

This week we focused on Medical wikis and Wikipedia.

First slideshow on medical wikis.

Take-home message:

If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. Second slideshow is dedicated to medical Wikipedia issues.

  • Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
  • Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
  • Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
  • Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
  • A Wikipedia article minute by minute:

Take-home message:

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.


2011 Autumn Semester Week 5: E-patients and Medical Communities

November 1, 2011

First slideshow: The world of e-patients

  • Who is a good patient? (referring to I am a good patient, believe it or not; Alejandro R Jadad, Carlos A Rizo, Murray W Enkin; BMJ  2003;326:1293-1295 (14 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1293 )
  • Types of patients: the powerful other; external controller, internal controller or google patient or brainsucker or googlers
  • An e-patient is equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equal and expert.
  • Examples (several stories) including maartensjourney.comKerri and many more including Jen:

Many thanks to e-Patient Dave deBronkart who also had his voice heard:

Other videos from e-patients:

  • Statistics about how patients use the web (source is Pew Internet Project Survey)
  • How to help e-patients as doctors (don’t use jargons, be patient, show credible sites focusing on medically reliable information)
  • How to judge the quality of a medical website, step-by-step. Using WebicinaHONcodeHBCE.

Take-home message:

Physicians of the 21st century must be qualified to meet the expectations of e-patients. They’re the new generation of patients.

Second slideshow: Doctors in social media

  • What is social media?
  • Traditional vs social media (pros and cons)
  • I have an opinion and post it online, but others have their own opinions as well
  • It becomes hard to find information and we need places/sites where information is collected and selected by other experts and collegues.
  • How to find a collegue or get answer for a medical question? By using telephone, Google or Facebook? Certainly not…
  • We need medical community sites (and crowdsourcing)
  • Examples: Sermo.comNature Network and many more.
  • Microblogging (Twitter and Friendfeed)
  • Advantages of medical communities, disadvantages
  • Privacy issues: can you communicate with patients online?
  • Facebook stats and optimal privacy settings for doctors in Facebook
  • General principle: Same rules apply for social media as for real life. If there are things you would never do offline, please do not do that online neither!

Take-home message:

Without properly designed strategy, don’t even think about using social media in your practice.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 4: Medical blogging

October 21, 2011

The fourth week of the newest semester was dedicated to medical blogging. Here is the summary of my presentations.

In the second slideshow, I described how to start a new blog step-by-step.

  • You need to answer 3 questions first before starting a blog:
  • What kind of blogger will I be? (there are 7 types)
  • Where should I blog?,,, etc.
  • How should I blog?
  • My “3 blogging rule” described what you need to become a good blogger: commitment, consistency and openness
  • Shared many examples about how to build a successful medical blog.

Take-home message:

A medical blog can be a perfect channel to make new contacts, find new opportunities and share your ideas with the world.

The 2 slideshows are described in details on’s e-guide:


2011 Autumn Semester Week 3: RSS and Twitter

October 15, 2011

The third week is dedicated to being up-to-date online and microblogging. In the first slideshow, I described what RSS is, how to use trend trackers and which tools can help you follow the medical literature easily.

  • How to read RSS (browser -example=Firefox; Google Reader; desktop-based readers – Feeddemon).
  • An example, a real tutorial about how to follow the latest articles published on NEJM. Step by step.
  • Best friend of docs? Of course, Pubmed. How to follow Pubmed updates easily.

A step-by-step guide on about how to keep yourself up-to-date easily.

Take-home message:

Let the information come to you and follow your field of interest easily.

Second slideshow focused on microblogging:

  • Definition of Twitter, post, reply, direct message, tweeple, twitterview, etc.

Take-home message:

Twitter is the fastest channel of communication these days, but only use it if you have a well designed strategy.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 2: Medical Search Engines and the Google Story

October 12, 2011

First slideshow: The Google phenomenon

  • Also some of the dead ones: Google Lively and Knol
  • Google Demo Slam:
  • Google+ guide:
  • Talking about 23andme and how our genomic profiles will affect the future of healthcare

Take-home message: Google can make our lives easier. The question is how close we should let it come to us.

Second slideshow: Medical Search Engines

  • How to search on the web (Google tricks)

Take-home message: Search like a professional and help your patients search properly online.

2011 Autumn Semester Week 1: Social Media and Medicine

October 1, 2011

The new semester just launched with 140 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a slideshow.

  • This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
  • Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a medical journal.
  • Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
  • Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
  • Social media statistics
  • Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
  • Potential solutions:; evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
  • I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
  • As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
  • The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
  • Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
  • The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.

A similar presentation of mine at Doctors 2.0 and You in Paris (June, 2011):

A presentation at REshape in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2009):

Next week’s topic: Medical search engines and the Google story.