March 19, 2014,
Wow, three months; I guess this is what you call a hiatus! Glad to say that I was fortunate enough to meet a savvy internet doctors, who, indirectly, led me to discover Google Hangouts. You see the doctor/internet guru makes is living on the internet with web properties. He was nice enough to have a one hour conversation with me, about my website, InternetMedicine.com. He spared nothing, and let me have it; he said, and I later realized he was right, that I was not engaging anyone; no one was leaving comments, people were probably just looking a bit, and moving on. That led me to investigate social media to attempt to do what he said. Twitter is a real science, and one could analyze that, and very effectively use it. Facebook I could not get a handle on. Then Google Plus, and its star feature, the Hangout. Wow. You reach almost anyone, and talk to them. Some don’t like the camera, but many do, and it is great, and I feel will catapault this website to the Fourth Dimension!
DECEMBER 7, 2013
Still trying to understand Nanotechnology; it ain’t easy. The study and manipulation of molecules. Atomic Precise Machinery. Seems like it is going to be a big impactor of everything, especially industry, prepare for the days of abundance, not scarcity.
November 7, 2013
One thing about the internet is that it is changing constantly. Social Media, as the below post shows, is a force to be reckoned with. Now I am trying to learn Google Plus, and it seems very, very powerful, just like Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble said. I read Kawasaki’s book, pictured above, he basically cheerleads the tech, but does not give a “nuts and bolts” approach, but that can be
learned by Shervington’s videos on YouTube. By the way, check out the book he wrote for Google plus, it sells for four thousand dollars!!!
Oct 25, 2013
Am reading Robert Scoble’s book, “Age of Context”. The guy is a whiz, and so far, this book has not disappointed. He wrote another book about 6 years ago, about the importance of Social Media before it boomed, so the guy
knows what is going on. In this book, he seems the increasing importance of sensors, and people will be monitoried for many things, but mostly in a good way, and in a way to make one’s life more convenient. He is a big believer in Gooogle Glass, and thinks it is a real game-changer.
Other than that, have gone over Twitter, and Facebook, now starting with Google Plus. Twitter is awesome for getting new info, Facebook is great for communicationg with people, and Google Plus seems like its Hangout will be great.
September 25, 2013
Came across the “Multitack” technology, when a doctor from the Canary Islands, sent me a video about an app/medical device, that is attatched to a microscope, that projects what you normally see on the slide, onto a big Touch Screen! Awesome tech, see video at
September 14, 2013
Big news on the Lab front. A Stanford drop out, with a background in chemical and electrical engineering has started a Lab Company, Theranos, which will do basic labs test, with a small amount of blood, and, more remarkably, in unusual places, like Walgreens, the corner drug store. Think this is wacky? Yea, me too, but guess who is behind this, and on the Board of Advisors? Henry Kissinger, the noted politician. Now, I have not looked into the technology and feasibility of this idea, but I doubt that Henry Kissinger would get behind a wacky idea. George Schultz, the former Secretary of State, is on the Board too, which is based in Silicon Valley.
September 3, 2013
Will try going throught Twitter accounts of good doctor Twitter accounts, as Dr. Topol says, Twitter is important as a source of what is going on in Medicine. Things sure do act fast. And try not to get too side-tracked, because there is so much interesting stuff out there. Ran across an interesting blog, from a South Carolina psychiatrist, www.gregsmithmd.com. Down home writing, basic issues, from, to me, a hidden part of America, South Carolina. That part of the country seems different than the rest of the South. Hot, dusty, quiet. Anyways, one of the things that struck me, was the above picture of a psych patient, as we docs call them. Striking.
August 29, 2013
There is so many great things happening out there in the digital healthcare field. Seems to be a promising future, with the 3D Printing technology. I bet that will work well with Skin Grafts and Bony Implants, maybe that is being tested already. Some feel very confident that artificial kidneys and livers will be made. Matter of fact, that is already being done in East China.
The future of this website looks promising. Great information does not have to be written, but is easily found with a good internet connection. Publishing, like Medicine, is changing due to the internet. And it does not matter where you internet connection is, as long as it is functional. You could be in the Phi Phi Islands, or Manhattan, you can find the same info.
August 12, 2013
We need to build a team here at InternetMedicine.com, with editors, researchers, from all over the globe, because we foresee this a global site. Digitalization will permeate Medicine, Moore and Moore every year, and it will spread to all parts of the world. Good news, heard from IH, who has an impressive team at his App website. Who knows? Maybe they will be part of the team, or they will be THE TEAM!
August 8, 2013
Some pictures are so beautiful, I just want to make up a story to go with them. But, there was a story about a “Maze”, so I used this. Of course, the most famous labyrinth is that of the ole Minotaur! Met with a potential investor E.D. today. At least he passed himself off as an investor, since I told him I was looking for a someone to contribute capital equity, or sweat equity, but he ended up trying to sell me his web development services.
Must be more careful in future. By the way, this is the VanDusen Botanical Garden a botanical garden in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, one of the most beautiful, greenest cities you will ever see.
August 7, 2013 Daily visitors slowly creepin up, seems correlated with the pictures on the main page. Seems if I put up interesting pictures, the visiting count goes up. Weekends, are always the slowest, and Monday usually the best. August 2, 2013
This gentleman is a licensed Family Marriage Counselor from California, who is building his practice from a novel approach: all on-line. See his interesting website at The Angry Therapist. Here’s a blurb for a sample of what his practice offers:
BREAK IT // MAKE IT is the first workshop in a series created by The Break Up Center and founder Amanda Meyer. It is designed to help you release any anger and pain you may be harboring by smashing breakables and then taking those broken pieces and turning them into beautiful art to mark your fresh, new beginning. It is a day of purging, healing, exploring, renewing and cleaning out anything in your life that no longer serves you. The day will also be a wonderful opportunity to bond with other women experiencing similar trials and tribulations and to offer support to others without judgment.
And, you know, it is California, so his unique approach might work. It is a tough field to work in, so anything that works is welcome.
Some days, it does not even help to face the day. Having a hard time getting an internet-smart Anesthesiologist to be an Advisors for the vids on docvid.com, in the anesthesiology section.
July 22, 2013
Frustrated because cannot get into a wonderful website about Anesthesiogy Simulations from University of Florida; cannot register, even check my Junk Mail
Some days I will talk in pictures. Working on the sister site of InternetMedicine.com, called DocVid.com. Good news for that site, Rafael Grossman MD, the doc that did the first Google Glass surgery agreed to sit on the Board of Advisors! Horray!
Looks like me, except I am old, ugly, and do not wear ties!
May 25th, 2013 Have spent an inordinate amount of time working on another website, www.DocVid.com, a site which is dedicated to showing medical videos to both health care professionals and patients. We feel that there is not many websites out there that have well-organized medical videos. IN addition, we have made a page, where one can view many videos on that particular subject, without leaving the page. Will keep you informed of any developments. Meanwhile, concerning this site….nanotechnology is set to discover many biomarkers for diseases such as cancer, since nanotesting is getting more and more specific and diagnostic. See the latest article on improvements with discovery of Alzheimers and Bladder Cancer with biomarkers. February 15, 2013
Digitalization of Healthcare marches on. There is a constant inflow of Medical Apps, which Apple is now organizing. iMedicalApps.com still seems to be the frontrunner for Medical Apps, because they give timely reviews, written, it seems by local North Carolina doctors as soon as the Apps are released. And, there are many stories to tell of new developments, medical devices, medical blogs, etc. We continue to bone up the video section, creating a “Video Classroom”, for sections of each speciality, and it is a time-burner. We feel that it would be easier for the viewer to sit one one page, and pick the videos of choice, and watch others, without having to leave the page. Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA of University of California at Irvine, seems to think it may be a good idea.
“I like the idea of the video classroom – it is great that you could serve as a curator for medical educational content for both patients and providers.”
That is like a Bill Gates endorsement, since Dr. Wichert changed the medical curriculum at Irvine to be iPad based, which is no mean feat. You see, as Dr. Eric Topol MD, the Dean of Digital said, medicine, when it comes to changes, is ossified, or sclerotic, and slow to change. Dr. Topol cites the case of the stethoscope, which took about 15 years to be adopted, and accepted, back in the early 1800’s.
January 31, 2013 It was revealed today that there is now an App, with which you can download your genome to your Smartphone device. There is not much use for that now, but research is being done, on gene sensitivity to certain drugs, because it has been proven, that drugs like Plavix, and only effective for some patients, but not for other, which is genetically determined, and measureable, and predictable. That applies to some other drugs, and some docs opine that it might apply to all. Gene mapping also can predict propensity to certain diseases, and other applications are sure to increase, along with digitalization…..University of Florida students also invented an app that can diagnose with an app, Malaria….incredible….do not even need an internet connection, but just a smartphone….this will have unlimited applications in the Third World….. December 15, 2011
School of Athens by Raphael
It is only appropriate that we put the “School of Athens” by Raphael at this time, because we have spent lots of time going over educational medical websites, including videos and podcasts. The ancient Greeks were noted for their advances in medicine, and education. And, because of the internet, a new way of medical education is here. From the convenience of ones desktop, laptom, or Smartphone, one can watch short videos, listen to medical podcasts, or browse good medical websites. Each specialty has podcasts, which can be listened to at various times of the day, on the way to work, etc., and short videos can be viewed when needed to brush up on old technologies, treatments, or to catch up on the latest news of one’s specialty.
Perhaps two of the finest medical education websites that I saw are LernersTV, and Wisconsin Medical Center Medical Video Library, both of which have huge collections of medical videos. Like discovering gold!
One pearl discovered when researching the net for medical education site was discovering the Emergency Medical Internet commnunity in Australia, led by Michael Cadogen, an Internet All-Star. Michael has formed a great community of people in that area of the world that shares the latest news, treatments, and technologies in Emergency Medicine, through podcasts, videos and blogs, and has even started a conference dealing with the place of Social Media in Medicine, slated to take place in March, 2013 in Sydney, Australia, called “Social Media and Critical Care“, which is sure to bring that community even closer together.
Tiziano – Amor Sacro y Amor Profano
Spent today working on the “Pediatrics” section of Specialities. I initially did not put it in, thinking that maybe Internal Medicine and Family Practice would cover it, but I received an email from a Pediatrician blogger, Singing Josh, about being ranked ahead of the Stanford doctor rapper, zDoggMD, in the Best Doctor Blogs. I took that as a sign, that I should create a pediatrics section.
This I did today. I was pleasantly surprised to see how active the Blogging community is in Pediatrics. The highlight blogs were Josh, who has made music videos about constipation and scabies. Does it get any better than that? Who says this site is not relevant? And to ” 2 Peds in a Pod“, two Philadelphia Pediatricians who have a great concept; they get together with the community, discuss issues, and make a podcast of it.
Speaking of children, I looked into that subject in the time period of the Renaissance, and found a site that said this about the life of a child in the Renaissance:
“the harshness of family life greatly affected children. Children especially were susceptible to disease and death. Several children in a prosperous merchant or noble family might die of illness in childhood. However, in a peasant family, those children who survived childhood were extremely lucky. A young peasant mother may be lucky to end up with one grown child after years of child- birth. In addition, mothers and fathers often died by the time they reached thirty, leaving children without one or both parents. Babies whose parents could not afford to keep them and babies who were born to slave mothers in wealthy houses might be left at orphanages where they would be cared for by wet nurses.
As a result, death of children and adults was considered to be a matter of fate and happened so frequently that it was considered normal. Montaigne, who lived in the seventeenth century, was quoted by Michel Pierre as writing, “I have lost two or three suckling children, not without regret, but without being much disturbed.”
And there you have it. Dec 4. I have to get a logo for this site for banners, and such.
December 1, 2012
(This painting above, “Wedding at Cana” by, has its own digital story. Peter Greenaway, took this masterpiece by Paolo Veronese, and digitally enhanced it, by giving the guests ability to talk, etc. See a story about it in the New York Times.)
Today was a day spent in accumlating podcasts and separating them into the various categories. iTunes, suprisingly, does not do so, and if they do, I cannot find them. iTunes did the same with med apps, not organizing the medical section, until companies like Happtique came along, which did so. Podcasts are used by docs when there are a few minutes to kill, such as driving between hospitals, finding breaks in hospital routines, etc. So we have to find a way to list them on our site, that are easily accessible on portable internet devices, like iPhone, and iPads, so that the doc does not have to do any meticulous navigation with dem tiny keyboards.
Podcasting seems to be a hidden resource on the net, that needs to be further explored. Some of the reviewer rave about it, as a teaching tool. There seem to be various specialties which do a lot of podcasting including Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. ER guys is not surprising, because it seems that area of medicine loves computers. I bet all ER docs are running around with portable ultrasounds in their pockets within two years. Their podcasting community is very vibrant, including a prominent Australian ER blogger (Life in the Fast Lane), educator, and medical informatics specialist, Mike Cadogan. He’s a Internet star, who will, no doubt, be a continuing force in Internet Medicine in the field of Emergency.
In my ricochet browsing today, ran across a few jewels; one is the short videopodcast done by Errol Morris, called, “Survivor“, an excellent, moving look at the effects of cancer on patients and their families. Another was a podcast done by an anesthesiologist from Vermont, Ian Black MD (look in the Nov. 2012 section to download it), who served in Iraq with the troops; again, moving, and eye-opening from a gas passer who can both write, and wade in galashes-soaked blood.
November 20, 2012
Tondal’s Image by Hieronymous Bosch
The Renaissance did not only have artists that painted beauty, but also artists that painted bizzarre stuff like Hieronymous Bosch. He was a forerunner of surrealists, and painted some interesting work. I picked this, because life is not all rosy, and it is how I felt; frustrated, conflicted, at wits end. Working with the computer, and with different languages that I know little about makes me feel like I am in this painting somewhere.
Having problems with migrating the site to a larger host, as well as the menu. The Menu of this site I love, and am trying to retain, but it keeps crashing; I have consulted developers from American, Moldava, and Bulgaria, and am trying the Netherlands now, to get someone to fix a bug, which, I hope is fixable. At any rate, I will keep trying.
On the Internet Medicine front, the NFL is using EHRs to keep complete records of all the players, since trades are part of the game, and, with EHRs the medical records go with them. They are also setting up sensors in helmets to determine the force of a hit to the head, to see if they can form some kind of measure of when concussions occur, which is a problem to diagnose, since players, who want to keep their jobs, refuse to fess up when asked, “Where are you?”.
November 17, 2012
Rembrandt’s “Anatomical Lecture“
Renaissance artists are much like physicians, in “…that nature is accurately representable only by virtue of careful observation, through anatomical dissection revealing the hidden structure underlying the human form.”
The internet is allowing doctors more powers of observation, and enabling witnessing more “hidden structures” in attempts to improve healthcare.
Anyways, it does not hurt to start this blog with a relevant Renaissance artpiece, because I believe we are undergoing a true Renaissance in Medicine.
I am happy to say I am approaching the first pass at placing content, or, what may be called, the beta stage. I have to finish the Surgery section, and then I can start on what is called “SEO”.
That means going page by page, and placing meta tags, meta descriptions, and cleaning up the page, placing appropriate keywords etc.
It has been almost a pleasure collecting all the information. I am bedazzled on a daily basis what is going on in medicine in the world, due to internet influences, and hope I can pass on the awe of discovery as well as accuracy of such fantastic happenings in Medicine.
Last night, went to a Miami Start-up conference, and met some good internet people, and saw a few good presentations. At this point, don’t know what direction I will go as far as making money, funding, etc. I know the first step is to create a website with good content, and get lots of traffic. It is truly a labor of love. Glad to see the site has a “3” ranking from Google, right out of the gate, and need to improve on it. Also, glad to see we had visitors from India, the Netherlands, England, and Australia. My plans are to get this site going, then work on an International site at www.internetmedicine.org, trying to link the governments together with the discoveries of Internet Medicine.
I will try to blog often, and welcome any feedback. This site depends on “peripheral sensors” like you to give feedback, and welcome any suggestions on what we can do. This blog will document the development of this project, as well as try to mention new happenings in Internet Medicine.
John Bennett MD Miami, Florida