3G Doctor

I am working on the topic (software as a service) SaaS applications in Medical and Healthcare field, so the next few months my focus there.

So this week I like to post about 3GDoctor.com a service that allows you to video consult with General Medical Council registered Doctors using a 3G Video Mobile. When you register as a patient with 3G Doctor you can also use it to create, store and manage your Personal Health Record which can be referred to by your Doctor during video consultations. Yummy now that feels like the next google acqusition target.

Mediserve is another company that is now planning to came up with SaaS model of their applications.

And of course have to talk about Microsoft , even though I work for Oracle andicrosoft is competition.

Digipede is developing on microsofts .net plafrom to help anyone providing SaaS on the Microsoft platform. And they claim to have a bioinformatics company testing their application to develop bioinformatics application in SaaS model And it lok like that customer is The Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) as a part of the Novartis Research Foundation, details of the case study on Digipede website

And yes I ahve written about  GeneBio earlier their claims to have PhenyxOnline as the first commercial platform in the proteomics field offered in a SaaS model    

Also came across this intersting post by Paweł Szczęsny.  Thinking about RaaS: Research-as-a-Service

Semantic Search Engine for PubMed- Microsoft Vs Yahoo Vs Google Vs Oracle in Semantic Web Search

Hakia is a semantic web search engine, so what you might think. The difference is hakia targets legal, financial and Medical web searches. Thye have even licensed its technology to a startup company that summarized information for government and pharmaceutical companies

There is more starting from April 2008 using Hakia you can search Pubmed. Adding more than 10 million abstracts from PubMed to their index and setting up a new site dedicated to searching this content at pubmed.hakia.com. The PubMed content will also be visible in search results on the hakia medical search site and via the main hakia search page

For exmaple my query of microarray software Pubmed returned 1646 results and Hakia 15 some times having too much is not good idea, especially when you are looking for specific text.

It doesnt even stop there, the result also showed me Meet Others who asked same query in PubMed Semantic search with the option to even add a post so I found a job for part-time employee to work in a microarray lab. This I think is a great tool especially if more people use it you can use the feature to locate people working on similar topic. Ofcourse you can any of the much known social tools like Linkedin

Still not convinced of the merits take a look at the comparison of the search results on new regulatory problems affecting personal genomics companies, in google and Hakia

You can also generate a custom seach box that can be added to your website much like the custom google search box .

and yes there is competition to Powerset has launched its

May be because Yahoo is already offering Semantic webs earch using

But there is more than what meets the eye. Remember Interestingly in 2007 June Oracle staked its claim to leadership in the enterprise side of the emerging semantic Web space, saying that more than 100 commercial and open-source applications are using its version of the technology. Oracle do offer search called Oracle Secure Enterprise Search. Take a look at the Oracle Semantic Technology Centre

Microsoft can also say to be making up for the loss of TripleHop to Oracle,

There is still more surprises Evri.com a Paul Allen backed semantic search engine has launched a Beta release in June 24.

Other similar service providers includes TextDigger, Radar Networks Peer39.com that offers semantic technology in advertising, Gloofi.com Twine, then there is Spock calling itself a vertical search engine for people, usign top-down semantic search. In that sense we can call Google Maps to be using semantic technology though it cant be called a thorough breed in this field

No one wants to believe Carl Icahn’s offer of $15 B for Biogen- even when he says he will increase R&d Spending

CNN once referred him as shrewdest investor on the planet. Carl Icahn who is now in the eye of storm for his involvment to throw the board of Yahoo for rejecting bid offer from Microsoft. The Billionaire corporate raider has made a beeline for the Lifescience Industry.

Carl Icahn, embroiled in a proxy battle with Biogen Idec, offered to pay as much as $15 billion last year for the company, the largest maker of drugs for multiple sclerosis. This week his move to throw out the board of Biogen has been rejected by shareholders as they voted in favor of the biotech’s own slate of directors instead of those nominated by activist investor Carl Icahn.

Seems like no one wants to believe him when he says he will pump in more money into R&D. Really?

according to a memo to shareholders filed today with the ( SEC) Securities and Exchange Commission. Icahn wants to boost spending on research and development, improve employee morale, mend relations with partners, and possibly cut expenses outside research,

In the biggest biotechnology deal of 2007, Icahn pushed MedImmune Inc. to sell itself to London-based AstraZeneca Plc for $15.2 billion

UK Government-backed sociology study using Genetics raises privacy concerns

The Uk government backed UK Household Longitudinal Study to use genetics analysis of British citizens (previous post on UK BioBank) to assess impact of Genetics and lifestyle in health and medical treatment and how it affects people’s social and economic status over time, is turning into controversy. The expansion of the program to cover “nature versus nurture” questions through genetic and medical testing has raised fears among civil liberties campaigners.

More than 100,000 people, including children as young as 10, will be asked to provide saliva tests and DNA samples in a new annual survey of the lives, behaviour and beliefs of people in the United Kingdom.

I thought of how we are going to look at privacy concerns at such government backed studies, Take a look at the blog by Deepak Singh Your personal health: The internet and privacy

Even though participation is voluntary The plan has been denounced by civil rights campaigners. ‘I would not let my DNA details be taken in this way,’ said Richard Clayton, the barrister representing the rights group Liberty in its fight to prevent police from keeping DNA samples of suspects later cleared of wrongdoing as quoted on The Observer

Details of the study is available at the University Essex website of UK Household Longitudinal Study

Searching Through DNA – Impact of new genetics technologies in American Life

One of the reader had posted a question about my earlier post on genetics of Transplant Organ Rejection so this post is a part answer to her comment, I choose the title american way of life as my first post in 2008 is not mine but an interesting article from Newyork Times

A good article about what can we expect from genomics in clinical decision making and therapeutics

DNA-based security solutions to Prevent fraud and theft

Applied DNA Solutions is NewYork company that offers DNA-based security solutions to Prevent fraud and theft

Applied DNA Sciences’ technology has been utilized to successfully mark nearly 1 billion items including DVDs and CDs, fine art, prestige wine, luxury and personal care goods botanical DNA encryption, embedment and authentication solutions that can help protect companies, governments and consumers from counterfeiting, fraud, piracy, product diversion, identity theft, and unauthorized intrusion into physical locations and databases.

ADNAS uses DNA segments from one or more botanical sources, rearrange them into unique encrypted sequences, and then implement one or more layers of anti-counterfeit techniques

MIT team discovers new DNA modification in bacteria acting as DNA Bookmark

Researchers from MIT have discovered that bacterial genes, known as the dnd gene cluster, gives bacteria the ability to employ DNA modification by adding sulfur to the sugar-phosphate DNA backbone as a phosphorothioate,

The same method used in laboratories worldwide to modify synthetic oligonucleotide.Why would bacteria conserve this system which requires five enzymes, each with different co-factors?”

Peter Dedon says the modification system might serve as either protection against foreign (unmodified) DNA, or as a “bookmark” to assist with transcription or replication of DNA.

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