27 June 2011

GoogleHealth Flatlines

Just an FYI if anyone is a Google Health user:  As of Jan 1 2012 the product will close up shop. Check out Google official blog post on this for more info!
Official Google Blog: An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter: "In the coming months, we’re going to retire two products that didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential mode..."

24 June 2011

Help make a real difference to health research: Ontario Health Study

I've often seen posters for this on the subway and I've meant to check into it for months now but it has constantly been pushed aside for other things.  Then I saw this video and thought, "This is my business; this is what I am shouting over a loudspeaker everyday, Medicine based in research and quality information!"  How can I push this aside any longer and hold my head up as a Medical Librarian :).

So I want to take this opportunity to mend my ways and promote participation in my readers. I am fully aware of how easy it is to say "I'll do that later" but let's face it: will it ever actually be done?  So please try and take the time now to watch this video (below) , read about the study and then take the survey!

*Note that these are YouTube videos and may be blocked at your place of work but make sure to check them out at home!*

You never know who this could help, it may be one of your family members, it may even be you.

14 June 2011

From Road Maps to Body Maps

I've just come back to work from a wonderful holiday through western Canada where we relied heavily on our trusty maps to keep us on route (though sometimes not so trusty GPS) but on my first day back I've come across a different kind of map called "BodyMaps": Visualize Better Health by HealthLine.  Not only is this an excellent resource allowing you to look layer by layer of various body sections, it also allows you to zoom and rotate the image 360 degrees!  They are colourful, annotated, and include related information and videos meaning it's great for Docs and patients alike.

I think it's fairly self-explanatory why clinical staff would find this tool useful but  I'll touch on why it's excellent for patient care as well.  Having had three knee surgeries before I was in the profession I would have loved to see what exactly a 'Medial Meniscus' and an 'ACL' looked like, as well as the ability to explore the anatomy of my injuries with this tool.  It's often hard to remember that a patient doesn't know what a 'Meniscus' is just by you pointing at it and explaining it's like a c-shaped pad attached to the shin.  As someone outside of the trade at the time I had no real reference point of what that meant:  what's simple to you may be completely foreign to your patient.  Showing that patient quickly and easily interactive pictures of what it is and what's happening to theirs is what any patient would consider 'excellent care'.  You can then point them to the videos or other 'extra' tools offered on that page so they can continue to understand their injury or condition at home.

So check out BodyMaps, bookmark it and use it for all around ease and access!