Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What is HealthIT - Part 1

Soem interesting video presentation on HealthIT and Informatics from the Discovery Channel

Part 1:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Get on Board the Social Media Train or Get Left Behind Like the Bank of America

Bank Of America Just Had The Ultimate Social Media Fail

Julia La Roche | Nov. 15, 2011, 10:54 AM | 61,418 | 49

This makes you wonder if Bank of America, which is currently axing 30,000 of its staff globally, already cut their social media team.

Or if they don't already have a social media team, they should really consider getting one after this social media fail. 

It's been just a week since Google Plus started allowing for companies to have pages on the social networking site and it looks like someone already beat Bank of America to the punch, according to Carl Franzen at Talking Points Memo.

BofA's Google Plus profile bashes the already embattled Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank. The page, which is no longer available, features unflattering pictures of former CEO Ken Lewis and mocking wall posts.

One wall post said, "Living under a tarp? I am too. My TARP is much bigger, however, and billions of dollars more expensive."

It's possible that the page could have been created by the bank initially and then later hacked. 

However, according to Chester Wisniewski at the IT security blog NakedSecurity, the page was likely created by a group that tricked Google into thinking they were Bank of America. 

We've included a screen shot below. [via TalkingPointsMemo]

BofA Google Plus

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The power of social media - few hospitals or healthcare facilities have any focus on this area (building a web site and running and e-mail server does not count).
The University of Maryland Medical Center (http://www.umm.edu/) springs to mind as one of the leaders in this area with an impressive outreach and connection. I'm not sure what or how they staff it but am willing obey its built into every area and not confined to one or two social media job functions.

For those hospitals considering Social Media - this presentation on slideshare is a good foundation on why this is important and what it can do for your facility and originates from the University of Maryland:

This is not just some passing fad. It is messy and this troubles many facilities and executives as it is hard to control and manage but that is just part of our future engagement with our staff, patents and colleagues around the country and indeed world.

This train has left the station - get on board or get left behind

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Dragon Express - Available now in the App Store

Dragon express was released this week at an amazing introductory price of $49.99. Great news for people wanting to try out Dragon on their Mac and for anyone who wants to effectively speech enable their applications especially social media.

The App store has made the ease of purchase an installation a breeze and finding the app and installing is as simple as clicking the Dragon Express Logo 
or this link (which will take you to the web page and open up your App Store).

Watch the application in action with Peter Mahoney - the Dragon Dictator

There has been good coverage  from GigOMArs TechnicaMacWorld and Cult-of-theMac to mention a few and has done well in the App store rankings reaching #8 (behind 7 apple applications and one other "Growl"). Not bad for the first day

Let me know what you think and how you get on with the application

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Is Siri the New Personal Health Assistant and Coder?

Brian Dolan thinks so:

Based on our own in-house testing here at MobiHealthNews, Siri in its current form could be helpful to both patients and healthcare providers alike. After asking Siri a number of questions, we were surprised how she answered some and that she was able to answer others.

And even for coding in OCD-9

For health and diet

Release a product and people will find new and unimagined ways to use it. We are only just starting to scratch the surface of the potential

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The One Chart You Need To See To Understand Mobile


The "Blue Ocean" (non-smart phones ripe for putting smart phones in the hands of users) is "huge". There remains much opportunity in the mobile market place but the penetration is increasing for Apple and Android with Android on a tear with its open-source strategy.
Mobiel devices are the mainstay of communication tools for people and as these increase in penetration and function voice integration and in particular the addition of intelligent interaction will become increasingly important and necessary.
I imagine the speech recognition business opportunity chart would look very similar offering the potential for a ver exciting and dynamic upcoming year.
Once again - its so great to be in a cool business that's growing so dramatically.

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Improved systems for vehicle voice recognition coming


Cars that understand what you say....coming to a car near you.
Part of the ongoing push and the new age of speech recognition is the ability to understand what the driver asks for with interpretive system that include natural language processing (NLP) and some element of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to offer drivers a more conversational and useful interaction with their voice. A safer interaction that will be easier and faster.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Butterfly Effect of Healthcare Quality Measures


In an interesting unanticipated effect the AHRQ has highlighted the potential for the government changes to encourage physicians
"... may "fire" noncompliant patients from their practices, push back against quality-improvement initiatives, and minimize patient empowerment efforts, CQ HealthBeat reports. Some physicians already are "firing" unvaccinated patients, noting that they pose a risk to others and reflect a lack of trust for physicians' medical advice.
Since there already appears to be some instances of this where patents are unvaccinated it may well extend to other groups and would certainly be classified as an unintended consequence.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mobile Voice Recognition is Going to Rock Your World | Apple's Siri on the iPhone 4S is leading the way | Business News Daily


Voice is cool! Voice recognition and its most recent persona - the now well known Siri on the Apple 4S is a star and has really captured the imagination of the public..... something we have been working at for a number of years in the healthcare sector.
The key to the success is the natural language understanding that is baked in to the solution. We have seen the value of this with the Dragon Go Product in the Apple App store and the healthcare sector is getting medical intelligence built into their solutions in the form of Clinical Langauge Understanding (CLU) and the latest medical intelligence in the new product of Computer Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD)
Instant information and interaction comes to healthcare documentation helping create high quality specific detailed clinical documentation first time.

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Speaking in Context: Medical Language Models and Mobile Dictation

Speech recognition is an increasingly common interface - we interact with speech systems on the phone, using our phones and in our cars. But as Jonathan Dreyer points out in this piece - speech for general use is different to use in healthcare. In Healthcare it requires an appropriate context to attain the necessary levels of accuracy.
>>>What’s “humerus” to a clinician, and what’s “humorous” to a consumer are two very different things

Quite! So using the right versions tuned for the user and his domain - and int eh case of healthcare there are many different domains that can be applied for different specialties (Radiology, orthopedics, general surgery, general medicine...to mention just a few). With the right context and model applied medical speech recognition has become an integral part of clinical solutions and is becoming increasingly important in mobile applications where the keyboard interface is not always ideal or as easily accessible.

So while general speech recognition solutions are delivering real value to derive the same results in healthcare it is important not to fall into the trap of offering generic solutions that will work but generate too many errors to make them useable and worse will turn clinicians off the tools before they have even had a chance to experience the results that are possible today with the right tools for medical speech recognition

So if you are looking to integrate speech into your healthcare applications - use the right version that includes the relevant context and vocabulary models to at the outset and help create a positive experience for users from the beginning.

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