Friday, June 22, 2007

B - Published vs. posted

Gawrylewski A. 2007. New site pits 'published' vs. 'posted': Nature Precedings raises questions over the value of sharing findings before submitting to peer review. The Scientist. 19th June

Nature set up a new site, named "Nature Precedings", to post pre-print articles which are not yet submitted to the peer review. This is a kind of experiment to be interestingly watched, particularly with respect to the consequences on scientific communication, publishing and evaluation aspects.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

B - Communication between Physicians and Patients in the Era of E-Medicine

Stone JH. 2007. Communication between Physicians and Patients in the Era of E-Medicine. New England Journal of Medicine. 356 (24): 2451-2454

An experience of using a secure Internet link to communicate with physicians and medical staff members. Secure Web messaging about routine issues was an attempt to direct round-the-clock communication into a manageable channel. The e-medicine model comprised online appointment scheduling, electronic prescription refills, general messaging capabilities, and "Web visits" with physicians. Despite the advantages of e-medicine, physicians, who face ever-increasing demands on their time, were hesitant to accept new responsibilities that might increase their workload.