12-11-09 Community E-Newsletter/Call

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From: Greg Miller <greg.miller@ourmed.org>
Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Reminder: OurMed Community Conference Call Friday Dec 11th 2pm-2:30pm EST: (712) 775-7000 Code 634011#
To: The OurMed Community

Hello All,

These are busy days for all of us and we appreciate your time pitching in with ideas and content that will contribute to a hugel impact in healthcare information. In contrast with a lot of our conversations about the need for OurMed's model on the web, this call will be entirely focussed on developing OurMed's content, website and fiscal strength. Just 30 minutes to catch you up and get you involved in this project promising a significant non-profit and unbiased contribution to medicine and consumer knowledge on health. Please join us at 2pm Eastern time.

Agenda / Talking Points:
A: Founding Framer Program
B: Accounts with OurMed - Takes less than a minute!
C: Posting on OurMed.Org

D: New Articles on OurMed - What to write about?

E: Opportunity to work with the Association of Medical Surgeons
F: Knight News Challenge - Rating requested
G: Other Funding Opportunities - Holiday Appeal
H: OurMed Pioneer Bios

Time: Friday (Today) : 2 - 2:30pm EST
Call in Number : 712-775-7000
Passcode : 634011#

If you would like to opt out of these emails, please let me know. Thank you for your continued interest in the OurMed initiative--we couldn't make this happen without your participation and are grateful for you pitching in!

Greg Miller, ED at OurMed.Org

(212) 740-1850
OurMed YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqgYfFxEkLk

A: Founding Framer Program

In March of this year the OurMed Board of Directors approved the Founding Framer Program. This program enables volunteers who are inspired by our mission to produce free and non-biased medical information to be OurMed Pioneers -- Individuals contributing more than 100 hours will be honored as the Founding Framers of a global health reform community on a webpage to appreciate their hard work and service to Healthcare. An OurMed Founding Framer Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded upon successful completion of 100 hours of service to the OurMed cause.

B: Accounts with OurMed - Takes less than a minute!
OurMed's accounts are free, easy to get and really make you apart of the community. Be one of the early pioneers to own one.

Click here to get started now:

C: Posting on OurMed.Org:

Now that you have an account--Use it to nudge the OurMed movement forward! You can write about nearly anything, just keep your comments about new ideas, health and medicine.--It's really important that OurMed gets off the ground using a communities collaborative approach to building it, just as Wikipedia did 7 years ago.

Please click on this link to make a small post about whatever's on your mind. You can suggest articles, design or features that you'd like to see on the site. http://ourmed.org/index.php/New_Ideas_for_Site

Here are the latest Articles and their authors. What do you think of this format? Is it interesting, fair, inspiring?

Most Recent Articles :
Open Account and Finances
New Ideas for Site
Alzheimer's disease
Add your experience
Postherpetic neuralgia
Viral disease

Most Viewed Pages on OurMed:

Current Events
Genital wart
New Ideas for Site
Chlamydia infection

Most Active Authors All TimeTodayPast WeekPast MonthPast YearT1
Nihir Shah
Lillian Ruiz
Mercury John

D: New Articles on OurMed - What to write about?
Changes or additions can be made easily with our WYSYWIG editor (what you see is what you get), making it much easier than Wikipedia and cutting the volume ramp up rate to the new site significantly faster.

At times posting new material my be difficult to give attributions for so it may be easier to publish previously published work.

Alternatively, you can choose content from one of the many free content ("copy left") sites such as much of the content on:

1) NIH's National Library of Medicine and PubMed
2) Wikipedia
3) Medpedia
4) GanFyd: (original medical wiki site that says Medpedia copied them and boasts 2000 site visitors per day)
5) Others?

To post a new article, simply goto: www.ourmed.org/index.php/ARTICLENAME

E: Opportunity to work with the Association of Medical Surgeons This week OurMed has rekindled a relationship with the Assoication with Medical Surgeons (AMS). They will be open to receiving our proposal on our Physician Verified Content system through which their members, mostly surgeons, will be able to access useful information.

Dr. Geoff Hayden who has produced his own content online from which he teaches other medical professions the use of ultrasound in the Emergency Department, will be bouncing ideas of of the group on what free content information might look like to enhance our pitch to AMS. Take a look at his site: http://www.embueducation.com/Site/Welcome.html We'll be discsusing ways we can use this kind of media on OurMed.

F: Knight News Challenge - Rating Requested!

In addition to being a finalist in the Healthspottr Fellowship Award, we have a decent opportunity with a submitted a nationwide (US) award. The John J. and James L. Knight Foundation is putting up $7million for innovative ways to disseminate open source knowledge. We have until December 15th until the deadline and welcome reviews, feedback and importantly--reviews!

Just like the way YouTube videos are rated, the Knight News Challenge openly displays it's submissions--The higher we're rate with a larger number of reviews, the better positioned we are to win the $125,000 grant. Please pitch in to rate it with 5 stars!

G: Other Funding Opportunity - Holiday Appeal
This past week, we've been working on putting together an inspiring "Holiday Appeal Letter'. Like Wikipedia, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and our donors are able to claim a tax exemption for their donations. Our donors will benefit as they can reduce the amount of their taxable income--OurMed will benefit because we will obtain necessary funds to manage our website, operations, marketing and press activities. To gain donor trust, we will post our financials online.

The problem that we as a non-profit face, is that we are just one cause in the field of many that are hitting up individuals for year-end money. The pitch must be compelling and state a realistic case why we need to ask donors for any amount of money. Will you be able to review this letter so that we can send it out to our list by Friday December 18th??

Wikipedia currently as an annual campaign on the top of their landing page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Pagehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page It sometimes has a barometer that measures accumulated individual giving with a $7million goal. What do you think about this piece of their business model?

A backpage, lists donor comments and has a donation portal: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Support_Wikipedia2/en?utm_source=2009_Notice42&utm_medium=sitenotice&utm_campaign=fundraiser2009&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMain_Page&target=Support_Wikipedia2

Please review this and let's talk about how that might work on OurMed: http://ourmed.org/index.php/Donation

This plays into the larger question of, over the long haul, will fundraising without advertising or membership fees, be enough to support a business like OurMed.


Vincent Navarro (OURMED TECH)

212 444 2633
Research Specialist @ Weill Medical College
Online Database Manager @ Scientists Without Borders

I have done basic science research for over 15 years in the area of prostate cancer. During this time I have had the privilege of working on the development of monoclonal antibodies targeting prostate cancer from concept through clinical trials. This has afforded me a keen insight into development process of therapeutic drugs. In addition, a strong interest in computers has seen me pursue a graduate degree in computer science in addition to my undergraduate in Chemistry. As a result I have designed and developed a clinical trials management system in my laboratory. I am currently the Online Database Manager for Scientists Without Borders. There, I am responsible for the administration of the database and development of the web portal.

Eileen McGinn, MPH, Certificate in Aging (OURMED CONTENT)
Worked in international health and development for 25 years, including several years living in Africa and Asia. Currently PT Research Manager for Nathan Kline Institute, working on the interrelation of poverty and mental health and health equity for persons with disabilities. PT tutor for immigrant high school students at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. Volunteer work for many different agencies, including health, disability, immigrant, women's, peace, international. Have written for various websites on health issues. Especially interested in translating technical work into comprehensible language, community-based participatory research and the Capabilities Framework for development and justice.

I am a practicing Emergency Physician, splitting time between NYC and South Carolina. I have been in academic practice since 2005 (Residency at Vanderbilt University, Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania), with an emphasis on resident education and emergency ultrasound. My interest in OurMed.org stems from a dissatisfaction regarding the abysmal state of preventive care and a general lack of health care coverage in the U.S. I see OurMed.org as an essential resource to connect patients to health information and health providers.

I imagine my role with OurMed.org in terms of producing content, recruiting other physicians for ongoing contribution, and assisting Greg with the development of a user-friendly, comprehensive clearinghouse of useful health care information.

Geoffrey E. Hayden, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Nashville, TN
Piedmont Medical Center
Emergency Department Attending
222 South Herlong Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29732


Vanessa Moore is a native New Yorker who brings 7 years recruiting experience to the Ourmed recruitment effort. She would like to leverage her experience recruiting volunteers to Ourmed, a forward thinking and progressive approach to disseminating unbiased healthcare information to the public.

e has worked in both corporate and nonprofit settings including a consulting engagement for the Department of Education and most recently at the Westchester Independent Living Center, an advocacy group for people with disabilities. She studied Social Sciences at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.

John Volpe (OURMED TECH)

My background is primarilyin accounting, finance and business operations, primarily in the financial services industry. While I'm not a technical professional, I have participated in and managed numerous technical and business projects, primarily involving financial systems. I also worked as a management consultant for a Virginia based company that I did consulting work for the federal and state governments. I am currently retired. In addition to playing tennis and engaging in other physical activities, I volunteer my time and an Account Director with an NYC based organization that provides service grants in the form of a volunteer project team that manages strategy, financial, marketing and development projects for non-profits. My interest in this project is really from the perspective of someone who is a consumer of medical information and is interested in the efficient delivery of medical information to the public.

Greg Miller, ED at OurMed

greg.miller"at"ourmed.org 212-740-1850

Have 17 years of Corporate Finance and Marketing experience for Fortune 500 companies including nine years abroad (Germany, England and Japan). I've been here in New York since 1996, always passionate about developing new brands, ideas and products. Did Marketing Analysis for ANA, a Japanese Airline, Finance for Cablevision's HD Satellite business and Revlon. Since 2005, I've been inspired by non-profits, created New York's Dance Parade and have worked on OurMed since the Fall of 2008. I'm inspired by the transparent, non-profit approach to the democratization of healthcare. OurMed has a small office at Columbia Medical Center's Audubon Business and Technology Building--Come by and visit us!

3960 Broadway (Entrance on 166th Street) Suite 301
o (212) 740-1850
c (917) 627-7155

OurMed's Board of Directors:

Florence Devouard, OurMed Board Member

Florence Devouard served as one of the elected representatives to the Board starting June 2004, and was the Chair of the Board from October 21, 2006 until July 16th, 2008. Florence was born in Versailles (France). She grew up in Grenoble, and has been living since then in several French cities, as well as Antwerpen in Belgium and Tempe in Arizona. She holds two masters, one in Agricultural Sciences (a 5-year degree in agronomical engineering (Diplome d'Ingénieur Grande Ecole) from ENSAIA and the other a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Genetics and Biotechnologies from INPL.She has been working in public research, first in flower plant genetic improvement, and second in microbiology to study the feasability of polluted soil bioremediation. She was employed until 2005 in a French company, to conceive decision-making tools in sustainable agriculture. She is now a consultant in Internet Communication Strategy. She joined the Wikipedia adventure in February 2002 and is known as a contributor under the pseudonym Anthere. Florence is 39, and lives in Clermont Ferrand with her husband Bertrand and her three children, Anne-Gaëlle aged nine, William eleven and Thomas two. On May 16 2008, Florence was made a knight in the French National Order of Merit, proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as "chair of an international foundation"

Alex Fotopoulos, OurMed Board Secretary

Alex Fotopoulos has served on the board since October 2008. He attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ and then received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Univesity in Los Angeles, California in 1990. He has experience as a litigation attorney and as an entrepreneur. He has held held positions as an attorney and as part of the management team of such high technology companies including AT&T Wireless, T-mobile, Nextel, Metricom, GTE Internetworking as well as small local start-up ventures. He is a licensed Attorney in New York, New Jersey and California.

Stan Kachnowski, OurMed Board Chair

Stan Kachnowski is one of America’s distinguished scholars in healthcare information policy and management having taught e-health and healthcare e-business for nearly 20 years. He has authored over 100 scholarly papers and presentations for the world’s leading journals and societies in healthcare technology management, informatics and e-governance. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom for his research with the National Health Service in using handhelds to track patient data. In 1996 he was elected to the US-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Stan is currently a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Oleta McHenry, OurMed Board Treasurer Newsgirl_fl@hotmail.com

Oleta McHenry was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Ohio. After graduating high school, she briefly attended Wright State University in Dayton, studying Political Science. She transferred to St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL and received her A.A. degree in Liberal Arts. Oleta earned her B.S. in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University in Clearwater, FL in 2006.

Oleta worked for the Pulitzer prize winning newspaper, St. Petersburg Times as a circulation manager. After receiving her degree in accounting, she worked briefly in the insurance industry before joining the Wikimedia Foundation as the fulltime accountant of record. While at the Wikimedia Foundation, Oleta helped put in place accounting practices that would help the company in growth and development. She did not follow Wikimedia to San Francisco and now works for a large medical supply company managing the General Ledger for several regions within the United States. Oleta is an accountant and resides in St. Petersburg, FL with her two sons. Gmiller 23:40, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

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