MedBiquitous May 2009 Newsletter


  1. 2009 Conference Recap
  2. Video Webcast and Presentations Available
  3. McGee, Zarski, and Heid Receive Awards
  4. Revised Web Services Guidelines

2009 Conference Recap

Many thanks to the speakers, exhibitors, and participants who made the MedBiquitous Annual Conference such a success! Don E. Detmer and Peter Greene began the conference with a welcome and overview of the MedBiquitous community's accomplishments over the past year. David Cook then gave the keynote, which reviewed the evidence surrounding the use of Internet-based instruction, animations, and virtual patients. He urged researchers to do a better job, and to start by asking the right questions. Gabrielle Campbell provided the closing plenary, advising educators to plan in advance for distribution and sharing of intellectual property. Other highlights included semi-plenary sessions on educational reforms and technology innovations, unconferences on interoperability, competence assessment, and social networking, and panel sessions on e-learning, virtual patients, and second life.

Special thanks to sponsors DLC Solutions and CECity which helped make the meeting possible. The conference was also supported by a generous educational grant from Pfizer

Video Webcast and Presentations Available

It's not too late to learn from the sessions at the MedBiquitous Annual Conference! Video webcasts of the following sessions are available:

  • Welcome
  • Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration: A MedBiquitous Update
  • The Efficacy of E-learning in the Health Professions
  • Education Semiplenary
  • Unconference: Facebook and Social Networking – Can this Really Help me Learn?
  • Second Life and Healthcare Education Panel
  • Tracking Professional Development Panel

In addition, many presenters have allowed us to publish their presentations. Links to presentations are available from the agenda.

Video webcasts are provided courtesy of DLC Solutions, an award-winning producer of Web, e-learning, and social media technologies for medical associations, academic centers, medical education companies, and not-for-profit firms. DLC Solutions creates innovative technologies to advance collaboration, communication, and education across the healthcare community. DLC Solutions is a proud sponsor and the video Webcasting provider for the 2009 MedBiquitous Annual Conference.

McGee, Zarski, and Heid Receive Awards

Each year the MedBiquitous Annual Conference provides an opportunity to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions furthering the mission of MedBiquitous. Jörn Heid of University of Heidelberg received the Innovator Award for his technically rigorous input to the MedBiquitous Virtual Patient specification and the development of tools to assist implementers seeking to exchange cases. JB McGee of University of Pittsburgh received the Implementer Award for spearheading the development of VP SIM, a novel virtual patient authoring system that uses the MedBiquitous Virtual Patient specification as the basis for much of its functionality. And Mike Zarski of the American Osteopathic Association received the Networker Award for his outreach efforts in promotion of the Healthcare Professional Profile following its approval as an American National Standard. Thanks to all of our award winners for their leadership!

Revised Web Services Guidelines

The MedBiquitous Technical Steering Committee has released updated Web Services Design Guidelines. These guidelines provide a consistent approach to Web services development that facilitates interoperability among disparate systems. Web services allow disparate applications to share information and work with one another through the Internet. The new guidelines are compatible with Web Services Interoperability Basic Profile 1.1, a set of industry best practices for Web Services developed by the Web Services Interoperability Organization.