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Camille Schenkel

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One of the frustrations cropping up on health social media sites is centered around the mechanism that caused their popularity at the outset, the message board. Perhaps health social networking sites can learn from online dating sites, Match and eHarmony, about linking mechanisms. They can also take a lesson from these websites regarding charging users. more>> ... (more)

Open Letter to YouTube (and Google)

Health 2.0 Magazine Last week was a bad one for Google. There was a lot of chatter on the web regarding a Credit Suisse report estimating that Google may lose $470 million on YouTube in 2009. The AP and the Wall Street Journal also have Google (among other news aggregators) in their sights for copyright infringement as the print newspaper business has fallen off a cliff. As Google tries to find ways to make money in the health space, they seem to have devoted most of their energy on the Google Health initiative (still in BETA), which allows users to gather medical records online... (more)

Google Wave: The Possibilities for Patient-Centered Communication

Google introduced Google Wave  last week to much acclaim. Several aspects of the product have tremendous potential for patient-centered communication online. The question becomes will the developer community respond during the developer period by building applications that takes advantage of the live collaboration tool or will HIPAA considerations nip the potential of Google Wave in the bud for the Health IT community? ... (more)

USGBC to Require Building’s Performance Data for LEED Certification

The US Green Building Council sent a press release out today announcing that all buildings seeking LEED certification will be required to provide energy and water usage data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification. The new requirements will be part of LEED v.3, which all registered projects will be required to follow starting June 27. ... (more)

Time for Geothermal

Much of the media and investment community has been focused on the potential for electric cars and solar in the last few years. The cleantech community invested about 60% of venture capital in the second quarter of 2009 in the transportation/fuel and solar energy sectors. One source of energy that hasn't gotten the research dollars in recent years but could provide a source of reliable, relatively cheap energy is geothermal. While generating a significant amount of geothermal energy is years away, Geothermal Heat Pumps are a proven technology and could provide immediate benefits ... (more)