OK, here's part of the reason I've been absent so much ...
I've had so much fun here, that we've completely revamped the SignalHealth website (www.signalhealth.com) . Sure, there's the typical electronic brochure, the "who we are "sorts of stuff. But that's only a small part and, over time it will get smaller. It's the other stuff that's fun: lots of healthcare news and commentary and forums and polls for y'all to weigh in on.
Underneath the entire site is a structure of taxonomies that can be updated, expanded, refined, or sub-categorized instantaneously. Right now there are two such structures, one geographic and one subject matter. When you click on anyone of those categories at any part of the site, it automatically displays everything in that category. We'll provide a freestanding navigation tool that takes advantage of that capability as soon as we can get it up. (Yes, I was getting impatient and chose to go ahead without it.)
We just put the site online last night and there's still a lot coming. But as of this moment, the site offers:
- News. We've selected a variety of healthcare news sources and they are automatically collected and posted. Note that sometimes the headlines don't tell you much about the healthcare news inside. They just happen to be what those who originally created the material labeled it.
- Events Calendar. Registered site users may suggest adding events to the calendar. They are reviewed by a moderator and then added to the Calendar for the convenience of all visitors. Note that Calendar Events can be categorized by geography and subject matter.
- Commentary (weblogs). Here you will find our observations and
opinions and those of selected Contributors on the healthcare issues of
the day. Commentary can also be categorized by geography and subject
matter. We intend for it to offer new perspectives and and to filter out
a lot of the extra noise. While the technology would enable me to allow
any registered user to write their own "blog" here, for the time being,
I have chosen not to. I will be introducing some "contributors" over time. Note that this blog automatically gets picked up at the new site. However, comments and downloadable material posted here don't move over.
- Other Commentary. There are some folks already offering interesting healthcare commentary on the web. Their observations and perspectives tell us about what's going on in
their communities and they make us think. Those commentaries are
automatically fed to this section of the site. Click through and read
them at the source. If you spot someone we've missed who's worth watching, point them out to us.
- Forums. Registered site users may participate in Forums. They may also suggest adding new Forum topics to the site. Suggested Forum topics are reviewed by a moderator and then added to the site. We welcome the active participation and debate of all registered users. Note that Forums can be categorized by geography and subject matter.
- Polls. Registered site users may participate in Polls. They may also suggest adding Polls to the site. Suggested Polls are reviewed by a moderator and then added to the site. We welcome the active participation of all registered users. Note that Polls can be categorized by geography and subject matter.
Take a look, register, and weigh in. I'd appreciate your feedback and suggestions too.