The 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine sponsored by Med
net is being held this week in Toronto Canada. The Conference has over 1,000 attendees including Microsoft's Director of the Health Industry,
Intel's Managing Director of Health Care and the National Director of Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
Med net 2006 is Improving Public Health through the Internet. I have attended many of the workshops and symposiums. The presentations have covered Research, Practice, and Business, shedding light on the topics from different angles. There is a mix of contributed abstracts, panels, and keynote speakers. Research abstracts contain original research results. practice abstracts contain presentations of useful medical websites or other
health technologies (without a strong evaluation component), and abstracts in the business track present business models, business issues, business ideas etc. It is an outstanding program.
More and more consumers are turning to the internet to search for information their specific disease or health care issue. And the challenge of the Conference is to make
health care more accessible, affordable and convenient for the consumer. There are over 100 workshops, but here is a summary of the basic themes of this very important worldwide conference:
* patient portals;
* putting electronic health records online;
* etrials: using the web and e-technologies for clinical trials;
* public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance;
* Health information on the web: Supply and Demand;
* Next-generation Internet health applications;
* semantic web applications and search engine technologies;
* psycho behavioral interventions on the Internet;
* evaluation and methodological issues in ehealth;
* web-based medical education;
* health communication on the internet;
* Internet for disease prevention;
* ehealth for chronic diseases;
* online pharmacies;
* usability and human factors on the web;
* tale health and medical practice using IP technologies;
* business opportunities in e-health;
* health-e body weight: e-health technologies for healthy eating and active lifestyle;
* cancer and the Internet (cancer-track kindly sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute)
* web-assisted tobacco interventions.
* Internet based publishing and peer-review;
* Open Access publishing in medicine;
* failures in e-Health
I was surprised at the importance of providing an interactive web site for the consumer regardless of of his/her disease. It is remarkable the amount of evidenced based web site interactivity that various healthcare providers are designing to improve patient outcomes. I hope to incorporate some of these functions into my own web site http://www.MajorDepressionTreatment.com
Charles Donovan was a patient in the FDA investigational trial of vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic or recurrent treatment-resistant depression. He was implanted with the vagus nerve stimulator in April of 2001. He chronicles his journey from the grips of depression thanks to vagus nerve stimulation therapy in his book:
i>Out of the Black Hole: The Patient's Guide to Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression
His all inclusive book prepares depression sufferers to make an informed decision about this ninety-minute out-patient procedure. It is a "must read" before you discuss this treatment with your psychiatrist. A prescription for the procedure is required from an M.D. and it is covered by most insurance plans.
He is the founder of the http://www.VagusNerveStimulation.com Web Site and Bulletin.
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