Just got back from presenting a new poster (below) at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago and was inspired to update my website. Can’t believe it’s been over five years!
Feblowitz J, Bohan JS, Berger A, Crim H, Seaver D, Kosowsky, JM, Landman A. Protecting Access and Preventing Violence in the Emergency Department. HIMSS15 Physicians’ IT Symposium. April 2015. Chicago, IL.
My first, first-author paper has now been published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics! The paper, entitled “Summarization of Clinical Information: A Conceptual Model,” outlines a structured way of thinking about how to create an effective summary of medical information.
Although the summarization of medical information plays an incredibly important role in the daily practice of medicine (documenting and accessing patient information, communicating between providers and care settings, discharging, transferring or referring a patient), not much formal attention is paid to the topic or how we might improve the quality and content of these summaries and tailor them to a given situation. As electronic medical records enable greater and greater collection and sharing of patient data, we’ll need to invent new ways of navigating these vast stores of information. To avoid being lost in a sea of irrelevant data, it will be necessary to re-imagine current methods of conveying medical information.
Check out the paper here.
Feblowitz J, Wright A, Singh H, Samal L, Sittig DF. “Summarization of Clinical Information: A Conceptual Model.” J Biomed Inform. PubMed
Presenting my conference poster at HIMSS today!
J Feblowitz, Wright A, EG Poon, et al. “Randomized Controlled Trial of Health Maintenance Reminders Provided Directly to Patients through an Electronic Personal Health Record.” HIMSS Conference. February 2011. Poster Presentation.
Check out my new patient profile for Children’s Hospital Boston. It’s about a girl named Caitlynne McGaff, who received an innovative surgery known as rotationplasty in order to treat osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
It’s official! My first ever freelance print article is out in the NYU Physician.
Check it out here on page 7!
More coming soon!
Lately, I’ve been writing some pieces on growing up with food allergies for Children’s Hospital Boston’s blog, Thrive.
The first ones are a three-part series about my recent food challenge. As you may know, I’ve had severe allergies to milk, eggs and nuts since I was very little. In September, I underwent a test to find out whether I’d outgrown my egg allergy. Find out what happened:
The fourth is about the problem of food-allergy-related bullying. A recent study showed that as many as 1 in 4 children with food allergies have experienced bullying related to these allergies, including threats and intimidation using the physical food. Read more here:
Enjoy! More to come soon, I hope.
Finally, a new song! Hope you like it!
Music and Lyrics By
Arranged and Recorded By
Joshua Feblowitz – lead vocals, vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars
Will Szabo – rhythm guitars, drums, tambo, vibraslap
Glenn Marmon – bass
Eric Steinhauer – lead guitar
OK, so I’m definitely not the first person to have heard of this. In fact, according to YouTube, I’m roughly the 7,664,000th. Still, as a self-proclaimed science and audio nerd, I can’t help reposting for those who may not have come across it before.
It’s called holophonic or binaural sound recording. It’s a method of recording sound to create the illusion of 3D space, to essentially trick your brain. How is this different from surround sound? Because it takes into account the shape of your head, the fact that you have two ears and the fact that the very presence of your head affects how sound waves are received by your ears. A normal microphone picks up sound in a simplistic manner, turning sound waves into an electrical signal but not analyzing the sound in any way (duh, it’s a microphone!). Unlike a microphone, your brain brain interprets the differences in sound intensity and timing between your ears to map the location of the sound, giving you a sense of your 3D environment even if your eyes are closed. Anyways, Luigi does a much better job explaining it…
Please note: You must use headphones when listening to these or you will have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. And it works better if you close your eyes.
One thing that comes to mind in listening to these is: why isn’t holophonic sound used more often? It seems like this technique would be great for films and video games. But, in fact, these are some of the few recordings freely available online. My guess…
1) Holophonic sound requires an entirely different kind of audio set-up (complete with fake plastic head and two microphones) making it much more complicated to record, especially for something long and complex like a film/video game.
2) Holophonic films/games wouldn’t make much sense unless you were seeing from the viewpoint of the characters, which would make for a Blair-Witch-style cinematic experience. Plus you’d have to wear headphones.
3) Mapping sounds as you move around (either in a film or video game) would make everything even more complicated.
So, the applications are rather limited, at least for now, though I hope there will be more use of this technique in the future just because it’s so entertaining.
Here are a bunch more for your listening pleasure!
Check out our final documentary project for MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. My classmates and I put this together during many strenuous video shoots, epic editing sessions, and near AV disasters. Many thanks to my awesome co-documentarians Joseph Calamia, Nidhi Subbaraman and Morgan Sherburne.
The result: a short video documentary on electric bicycles, “Reinventing the Wheel.” Enjoy!
Definitely check out the other group’s as well: “The Perfect Oyster,” by Amanda Martinez, Camille Carlisle and Scott Berdahl.
My very talented friend and MIT classmate Joseph Calamia is doing some great science blogging over at Discover Magazine.
Some recent highlights: