by John Bennett MD

My website, www.InternetMedicine.com, deals with the rapid-occuring changes that digitalization is making in virtually all medical settings.  Not only in medical apps, medical devices, and iHealth, but in what I call the “New Sciences”, of Medical Robotics, Genomics, Nanomedicine, 3dPrinting in Medicine, Stem Cells, and Big Data.

The increasing power of the internet gives us the tools to keep up with these changes, and the latest research by browsing appropriately, following the thought leaders in the particular medical interest you have  But there is one Killer App, which I feel is a game changer to be educated more profoundly, and, by serendipity, more enjoyably.

Google Hangouts.

Sure, Google could have come up with a better name, but we are stuck with it.

Google Hangouts let you easily put groups of people together, in the appropriate communities, to personally communicate. And that is confluent with the increasing “screenification” of America, where everyone is glued to a screen, no matter where they are.

And I believe Google Hangouts are just starting to be used effectively, in many areas, not just Healthcare.  One area in which it shows great promise, and perfect for today’s fast breaking news is Online Publishing.

Online Publishing is, of course, relatively new, but certainly a boon to education, and rapid communication.  Online publishing carries on the tradition of, essentially, “broadcasting” findings, which I suppose, is a start to

the understanding of a new concept, or the validation of the old.

But Google Hangouts gives us the potential, both to deepen the understanding, and, as the same time, draw in a part of education that is underutilized: People.

Here is the way I see it: the author of an article, put his/her normal byline of, say, “by John Bennett MD”.   But in the line below, he says, “We will have a hangout to discuss the contents of this paper in two days, on Friday 9 PM EST at


Now, when I say “we”, it is, of course, the author and  also any person in the article that has played a significant part of the article.  Say it is “Harry Smith PhD”; and another researcher from MIT, “Dr. Henry Bilkin”.  They are all in the panel of the Hangout, performed a few days after publication.

So this party gets together on the Google Hangout platform, which is televised to a pre-arranged web address with a Tweet Board.  The panel discusses the article amongst themselves, and then opens the discussion up to the audience, to tweet comments or questions, in REAL TIME.  And the audience could be anywhere where the internet goes.

 A potential global broadcast of the article!

Now, how good is that?  Especially if you felt passionate about that article, or felt you could add something to the dialogue, and understanding.  And, to virtually, crowdsource the thoughts of the article further to a potential world-wide audience of that niche.

Certainly, it is too onerous, especially initially, to do it with all the articles, for differing logistical reasons.  But it certainly would be a attractive option to some authors, who wanted to truly reach people with their ideas.

They could be presented with the option, when approved for publication, and communities could follow.  And perhaps follow the idea and create more Hangouts and tangential communities.

Education is changing, folks.  Put your seatbelt on.

 Let’s use the internet tools we have to more effectively communicate and educate, and the Google Hangouts are just a tailor-made tool for this.


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