We Like: The Social MEDia Course, RAW and Buzzy

The Social MEDia Course

Social media is changing how medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. Patients, doctors, communication or even time management, everything is changing, except medical educationThe Social MEDia Course was launched by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, managing director of Webicina.com, and features 16 innovative Prezis, exciting tests, badges and achievements. Medical students, physicians, patients, everyone is welcome to take the course which is free. Topics include e-patients, medical search engines, mobile apps, blogging, Twitter, using Facebook as medical professionals or checking Wikipedia, Google and other online services from the medical aspects. [Source: Webicina]


RAW Layout

Data visualization tools have typically been built for developers or data analysts. They often require programming knowledge or produce output that is completely unusable in any further design processes. Raw from Density Design aims to change that. The tool is built by information designers, for information designers. They understand that “raw” vector output is what designers need. They get that the layout, sizing, and other data driven parts of a data visualization should be done by a computer, not by hand. So they built a tool to generate a designer’s dream materials. Something where all the data-driven work is done, with nothing but design work left to do. [Source: Visual.ly]



Buzzy® is an award-winning physiologic pain blocker. Using cold and vibration, it helps to naturally block unpleasant sensations on contact. Amy Baxter, MD, a pediatrician and pain researcher, invented the device. It works by confusing the body’s own nerves and distracting attention away from the poke, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp pain from shots, itching, or burning from medications. The company's first trial in adults for IV starts found that Buzzy® significantly decreased phlebotomy pain, and was followed by two successful randomized controlled studies in children.  Not only did Buzzy®significantly decrease pain by child and parent report, IV success increased three times on the first try.  [Source: Buzzy]