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Free Open Access Medical Education

Terese Bird | Institute of Learning Innovation Blog | July 9, 2013

For some years now, I have noticed that medical educators are looking at learning innovations in their own unique way. I first became aware of medical education happening in virtual worlds and simulations, such as Coventry’s virtual maternity ward in Second Life, and St George’s paramedic training in Second Life. Read More »

From Volume to Value: How Health Execs See the Future of Health Care

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Health Populi | January 31, 2012

Health leaders concur that regardless of the politics of the Affordable Care Act and its prospects for whole or partial survival beyond November 2012, market pressures in the health sector are driving health providers and suppliers to an environment of lower costs and higher quality. Read More »

Go and Play: Gaming and the NHS

Ben Heather | Digital Health | August 18, 2016

Pokemon Go has given a tantalising glimpse of mass gamification’s potential to improve health outcomes. But getting effective “health” games into the hands of patients and clinicians is no easy task. Ben Heather reports from last month’s Games for Health conference in Coventry...

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Google Exec Named New Federal Chief Technology Officer

Rebecca Carroll | Nextgov.com | September 4, 2014

Google executive Megan Smith will be the third person to hold the title of federal chief technology officer, the White House announced Thursday, and former Twitter attorney Alexander Macgillivray was named deputy CTO...

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Google Is Making It Harder For The Goverment To Spy On Your Emails

Emma Roller | Nextgov.com | June 6, 2014

...The Personal Democracy Forum, hosted in New York City by the digital privacy crusaders at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, marked the one-year anniversary of Snowden's NSA leaks. The event also served to promote the Reset the Net campaign, which is trying to get Internet denizens to protect themselves and fellow Web users against surveillance...

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Google, Facebook, Amazon Warn FCC Rules Pose 'Grave Threat To The Internet'

Brendan Sasso | Nextgov.com | May 8, 2014

The world's largest technology companies are coming out in force against the Federal Communications Commission's proposed regulations of Internet access.  In a letter to the FCC Wednesday, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Netflix, and dozens of other companies warned that the FCC's plan to allow Internet service providers to charge websites for faster service in some cases "represents a grave threat to the Internet."

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Googler Megan Smith's White House Job: Basically A Done Deal

Dan Primack | Fortune | September 2, 2014

The White House has selected Google executive Megan Smith to be the nation’s next chief technology officer, and plans to announce her appointment once security vetting is complete, according to a source familiar with the situation...

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Grant Awarded To Project Lungisa – Cape Town SA

Louise Vickers | Indigo Trust | August 30, 2012

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded a grant of £12,000 to Cell Life towards project Lungisa.   Lungisa – which means “fix it” in isiXhosa – will provide a platform to enable Cape Town citizens to send text based, audio and video reports outlining challenges in service delivery. Read More »

Halamka Recounts Early Experiences with Ambient Listening Devices (Alexa and Google Home)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has a long tradition of testing speculative technologies with the notion that breakthroughs often require tolerance for failure. For example, we’ve embraced blockchain in healthcare because we believe public ledgers have promise to unify medical records across institutions. Over the past few months, we’ve developed healthcare applications for Alexa, Amazon’s ambient listening device that combines natural language processing and easy to use application program interfaces. We have also tried Google Home. Here’s our experience thus far...

Health Care Needs Some Spectacles

I've never written about Snapchat.  I didn't really get the point of its namesake app, the point of which was to post content that automatically disappeared.  I knew it was wildly popular among teens and celebrities, both of whom undoubtedly had more content they wished wouldn't persist than an old fogey like me, but it just seemed purposely trivial. With their recent introduction of Spectacles, though, I figured Snap Inc. (as the company renamed itself) deserves a closer look. The Wall Street Journal broke the story (as Business Insider also did) with an in-depth look at Spectacles.  It is not a new app, nor some new service on its existing app (which continues to be called Snapchat), but rather a piece of hardware: a pair of sunglasses that can record short videos.  Users can record ten to thirty second videos, taken from the sunglass's perspective...

Healthcare And Social Media?

Chris Lucena | Phyaura | October 2, 2012

One of our Founders, Dr. Jude Pierre, had the privilege of speaking at the National Quality Forum (NQF) the other week on standardizing medications review and management. Among the other things talked about at the conference he mentioned to me about some organizations wanting to mix Healthcare with Social Media... Read More »

House Committee Demands Answers From CTO Megan Smith And HHS On Healthcare.Gov Data Mining

Jack Moore | Nextgov.com | January 30, 2015

The head of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee says he might call U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to testify about potential HealthCare.gov consumer privacy gaps...

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How A Small Group of Entrepreneurs Transformed Government Services

Aneesh Chopra | Nextgov.com | May 7, 2014

President Obama started with his own White House, recruiting Internet-savvy entrepreneurs to serve as chief technology officer (me), chief performance officer (Jeff Zients), chief information officer (Vivek Kundra) and director for social innovation (Sonal Shah), among other senior positions...

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How AI, Twitter And Digital Volunteers Are Transforming Humanitarian Disaster Response

Katie Collins | Wired | September 30, 2013

On 24 September a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck south-west Pakistan, killing at least 300 people. The following day Patrick Meier at the [QCRI] received a call from the UN [OCHA] asking him to help deal with the digital fallout -- the thousands of tweets, photos and videos that were being posted on the web containing potentially valuable information about the disaster. Read More »

How Data and Open Government Are Transforming NYC

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | October 7, 2011

"In God We Trust," tweeted New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg this month. "Everyone else, bring data." Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P., is now in his third term as mayor of the Big Apple. During his tenure, New York City has embraced a more data-driven approach to governing, even when the results of that data-driven transparency show a slump in city services. Read More »