Check out this terrific site. This is the first social network application I've seen that has important application outside of VANITY!!!
Who is Sick?
Amazing and wonderfully simple. Who knew when we were doing the bioterrorism detection stuff in 2000 and 2001 that soon the social networking thing would take off making this obvious? We were frantic to figure out approaches to early detection of bioterrorism when most medical offices and hospitals didn't even have a computer. Now many homes have better computers than the hospitals and clinician offices do, and web based social networking is much more robust in growth and novel development than any health IT project I can think of.
When I think of the time folks spend putting junk on MySpace. Maybe now they'll take a minute to document their symptoms. All we need to do is think of more ways to capitalize on this seemingly natural urge to social network apps...there is an idea for a health IT movement in here somewhere.
Like make some widgets to connect to this site, and get them more servers and bandwidth. I think they are going to need it.
now I can sleep at night...
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