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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 72  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 231-232

Response by author


Health Informatics, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Maged N Kamel Boulos
Health Informatics, University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.25789

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Kamel Boulos MN. Response by author. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2006;72:231-2

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Sir,

I fully agree with the author of the letter titled 'Blog your clinical photos'.[1] The latest generation of collaborative web-based tools - namely, wikis, blogs/photoblogs and podcasts/vodcasts - offer many unique and powerful information-sharing and collaboration features. They also have the added advantage of taking the technical skill out of these features, allowing users to focus on the information and collaborative tasks themselves, minus delivery obstacles.[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13]

Wikis, blogs/photoblogs and podcasts/vodcasts carry the potential of complementing, improving and adding new collaborative dimensions to the many existing online dermatology services like Map of Dermatology (http://healthcybermap.org/dermap/),[14] the UK NLH Skin Disorders Specialist Library (http://www.library.nhs.uk/skin),[15] telederm.org (Open Access Teleconsultation in Dermatology - http://www.telederm.org/ and http://teledermatology-society.org/),[16] Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology (http://www.vgrd.org/ - see their supplementary blog: http://vgrd.blogspot.com/) and Dr. Bell Eapen's Virtual Dermatologist (http://www.gulfdoctor.net/vd.htm), to name a few.

However, careful thinking is needed to find the best ways to use these emerging tools to boost our productivity, foster better 'communities of practice' and support our continuing professional development. Healthcare professionals and students with dermatology interests must be adequately involved in this process. Inspired by the successful Yahoo! 360 model,[17] the resultant 'use scenarios' should also be designed to provide the 'binding glue' for the different technologies on offer (wikis, blogs/photoblogs and podcasts/vodcasts) and existing online dermatology services, integrating them synergistically into one coherent, wholesome, and unique user experience.

 
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1.Eapen BR. Blog your clinical photos. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2006;72:231-2.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.The Flu Wiki: A Serious Application of New Web Tools http://marshallk.blogspot.com/2005/07/flu-wiki-serious-application-of-new.html Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Rosacea Wiki. http://rosaceagroup.org/wiki/Main_Page. Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Wikimedia Commons - Category:Dermatology http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Dermatology Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 4    
5.International Teledermatology blog http://dermconsult. blogspot.com/ Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 5    
6.Skiba DJ. Do your students wiki? Nursing Education Perspect 2005;26:120-1.  Back to cited text no. 6    
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8.Wiki: Web Collaboration. Ebersbach A, Glaser M, Heigl R. Last updated: 2005 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/3540259953/ Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 8    
9.Photoblogs.org http://www.photoblogs.org/ and http://wiki.photoblogs.org/wiki/Main_Page Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 9    
10.The iPod photo goes medical. Wu D. last updated: 4th December 2004. http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000713024391/ Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 10    
11.Maag M. Podcasting and MP3 Players: Emerging Education Technologies. CIN: Comput Informat Nurs 2006;24:9-13.  Back to cited text no. 11  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
12.Podcasting and Vodcasting: A White Paper. Meng P. Last updated: 2005 http://edmarketing.apple.com/adcinstitute/wp-content/Missouri_Podcasting_White_Paper.pdf Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 12    
13.Carleton University vodcast experiment http://www.carleton.ca/cutv/vod/vodcast.htm Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 13    
14.Kamel Boulos MN. Map of dermatology: Web image browser for differential diagnosis in dermatology. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2006;72:72-4.  Back to cited text no. 14    
15.Grindlay D, Kamel Boulos MN, Williams HC. Introducing the National Library for Health Skin Conditions Specialist Library. BMC Dermatology 2005;5:4. Available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-5945-5-4.pdf  Back to cited text no. 15    
16.Soyer HP, Hofmann-Wellenhof R, Massone C, Gabler G, Dong H, Ozdemir F, et al . telederm.org: freely available online consultations in dermatology. PLoS Med 2005;2:e87.  Back to cited text no. 16    
17.Yahoo! 360 http://360.yahoo.com/reg/whatis.html and http://360.yahoo.com/reg/sample.html Last accessed: 9th February 2006.  Back to cited text no. 17    




 

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