Week 5 – Personal Health IT

Today’s TED Talks

Dave_deBronkart__Meet_e-Patient_Dave_-_YouTube 2Dave deBronkart: Meet e-Patient Dave. When Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online — and found a medical treatment that even his own doctors didn’t know. It saved his life. Now he calls on all patients to talk with one another, know their own health data, and make health care better one e-Patient                                                                   at a time.


Healthcare should be a team sport. When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care — by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team.


Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that. Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

Today’s Discussion

Tom will lead the discussion of the TED Talks, Health IT, and personal health records.


Also, he will introduce the new weblog PHR4us, a beginners’ guide and reference for personal health records (PHR). The weblog is designed to inform users about health information technology and to guide them in the use of online and mobile device resources for creating, managing, and sharing more accurate, complete, and accessible personal health information, thereby enabling them to engage more fully in their own health care with improved healthcare and health outcomes.


Changing Health Care from the Outside In

So you want to make health care work where you work. OK, you’ve heard the insider’s ideas and seen their big plans – physicians, providers and politicians. But what if the innovative solutions aren’t coming from inside where the status quo prevails? What if the disruptive new ideas for health care are coming from outside just as they do in almost every other industry?

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it’s imperative, he says, to create personal, networked home-based health care for all.

Thomas Goetz: It’s time to redesign medical data

Your medical chart: it’s hard to access, impossible to read — and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it. At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it. Goetz is the executive editor of Wired and author of “The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine.”

Google Body Browser & Visible Body


ePatient Dave mentioned the Google Body Browser in his TED Talk. It’s an interesting WebGL application which lets you explore the human body just like you can explore the world in Google Earth. Give it a try?

He also mentioned Visible Body, which you might want to download, install, and play around with.

4 thoughts on “Week 5 – Personal Health IT

  1. tedolliau Post author

    “Patent trolling,” meaningful use,” and the PHR

    Considering the federal ‘meaningful use’ mandate for patient access to their health information, here are several articles about a corporation (MMRGlobal) that is attempting to use US patents it obtained 2007 to extract fees for any implementation/use of PHRs.

    It appears the MMRGlobal patents are written is such general terms that they cover any internet-based access to health information by patients.

    What do you think?

    – Should such a broad/general/non-specific patent have ever been issued?
    – Should anyone be issued a patent that would given them exclusive rights to any implementation/use addressing a federally mandated program?
    – Should the MMRGlobal patents stand as they are?

    Here is related information, if you’re interested in this issue:

    Not quite a ‘patent troll’ but a view of an endgame? | Telehealth and Telecare Aware

    PHRs, ‘meaningful use’ and patent infringement (US) | Telehealth and Telecare Aware

    MMRGlobal Projects Millions to Add Personal Health Records as Healthcare Goes to Retail Pharmacies – Yahoo Finance

    MMRGlobal, Inc. (MMRF): U.S. Patent No. 8,301,466.Read it here is Simple

    Analytics for US Patent No. 8,301,466, Method and system for providing online records

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