Today I am at the inaugural hack-a-thon in Washington, DC for the Journal of American College of Radiology. I would encourage all of you to follow along the days events on twitter via #JACRHack
The challenge for the event is to redesign access to peer reviewed medical journals for people (as #patients).
I have to commend Dr. Ruth Carlos (@ruthcarlosmd) for her commitment to pushing the boundaries of medicine and collaboration. She has done a tremendous job (as well as the entire team including Dr. Matt Hawkins @MattHawkinsMD et al of the ACR team) in making sure that people (as patients), coders, programmers, advocates, engineers, and physicians are all at the table.
In addition, having the major publisher of peer reviewed literature at the table to help reshape the accessibility issue is a win.
Many times accessing the latest and greatest peer reviewed literature is not possible due to multiple constraints. These constraints can range from financial, to the business models of the publishing world, to mixed access with no explanation to the end user, the patient.
During the brainstorming session there were about 10 ideas pitched. Ideas ranged from an iTunes like business model to the ability to pick the level of literacy you would like for each peer reviewed article.
The teams are busy working today, through the evening, until tomorrow mornings pitch out to the judges.
I am thoroughly excited to be a part of this event.
I am even more excited to listen to the final team pitches tomorrow and see how the teams have taken their ideas and formed them into actions.
Again, I want to applaud the work of Dr. Carlos (and team) in highlighting the importance of allowing the greater masses to have access to peer reviewed literature.
No. 027: Patients need fucking access to peer reviewed literature.
The literature may impact my care, or your care, or the care of one of our loved ones. If it is locked up, it will never have the ability to do what it was intended to do by the creator, the author…..
To impact care at the N of 1.
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