Global Image Search

By Neil Versel

Sept. 23, 2008 | It’s certainly not the first Web site to be likened to YouTube for medicine, but—formerly called MDPIXX—might just be the first truly global online repository of medical images and multimedia for physicians. The site, developed in Spain, also includes platforms for clinical exchange and telemedicine.

“The idea is to create a Web community,” explains Medting president Miguel Cabrer, a former eHealth coordinator for the Balearic Islands Health Service in who now is an independent health-IT consultant in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Cabrer, who spoke to Digital HealthCare & Productivity at this month’s inaugural Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto, actually sees the site as less of a medical YouTube and more of a multimedia version of Snomed. Indeed, Medting keyword tags are based on Snomed CT terminology, which has become as close as there is to a true, worldwide standard for clinical vocabulary.

The site is free for physicians, and physicians only, who can create public or private groups for peer review, teaching, research, clinical decision support, and seeking second opinions. A telemedicine component, helped by a European Commission grant, is allowing Medting to offer free second opinions to clinicians in developing countries, says Cabrer, a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) governing council for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

“People are using it for reference at the point of care or to discuss cases among colleagues and residents,” says Barry Chaiken, M.D., a Boston-based health-IT consultant and HIMSS board chair-elect who is informally advising Medting in the U.S. “You can get feedback from other people.”

The site currently is fully rendered in Spanish and English, and is starting to add content in other tongues. Snomed helps by automatically translating keywords for indexing in multiple languages.

A highlighted case this week is in French, from Medting partner Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland. The company also has established relationships with the Catalonia Health Department (Barcelona, Spain) and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Cabrer says Medting currently is looking for a dedicated U.S. distribution channel.

At the Toronto conference, Cabrer presented an iPhone 3G to Mayo Clinic pathologist Keith Kaplan for the best Medting clinical case. Kaplan used Medting to post information and images of a rare tumor called primary pericardial synovial sarcoma.



Click here to log in.


Add Comment

Text Only 2000 character limit

Page 1 of 1

White Papers & Special Reports

Wiley Chem Planner Synthesis Solved
Sponsored by Wiley

SGI and Intel
HPDA for Personalized Medicine
Sponsored by SGI and Intel

Life Science Webcasts & Podcasts

medidata_podcast_Sites and Sponsors: Mending Bridges over Troubled Waters  
Sites and Sponsors: Mending Bridges over Troubled Waters
Sponsored by Medidata Solutions Worldwide

This podcast brings together two industry leaders to focus on the issues that divide sponsors and sites. On the one hand sites and sponsors unite in advancing better health care through a common passion for developing better drugs. Yet some issues divide them and bridges need to be built or mended to advance the highest levels of cooperation, coordination and success in clinical trials. Listen as the key issues are debated from the site and the sponsor side and new methods and technology are advanced that offer near-term and lasting solutions.

• Common ground in reaching agreement on a budget

• Improving the pace of agreement on budgets and contracts

• Processes for payment to sites on a timely basis

Listen Now  

More Podcasts

Job Openings

For reprints and/or copyright permission, please contact Angela Parsons, 781.972.5467.