My hospital recently ran an innovation tournament. over 1700 ideas but only one of them won to get implemented. So I share what I submitted in this and a series of posts to share my suggested innovations with others; perhaps some good will come out of the effort.
Blog and ListServ monitoring
The health system needs to support a program to monitor blogs and email/facebook discussion groups that focus on various diseases. In particular people subscribing to these services may be searching for physician and hospital resources and if appropriate the blog-discussion group monitor could suggest health system physicians or services. In addition, some questions might be referred to health system experts to provide public answers. Blogs are easily found. Email discussion lists can be found at http://www.lsoft.com/lists/LIST_Q.html. Simply entering melanoma produces three discussion lists. It seems a good way to develop international grassroots awareness, provide accurate public education, and support for the health system.