World Health Day Talk

The Times of India has a report on the seminar organised by Dr. Aniruddha Malpani where I also spoke:

When the doctor told entrepreneur Rajesh Jain that his toddler’s dry skin was the result of eczema, he was perplexed.

He stepped out of the clinic and into the cyberworld thanks to his WAP-enabled mobile phone and surfed a well-known site. Eczema had ceased to be an enigma by the time he exited the browser and reached his car.

He might not have realised but net-savvy Jain was only following a growing trend across the world of taking a dose of information therapy when hit by any news of sickness. Ix, as information therapy is indexed, is the latest mantra sweeping across health corridors in the United States.

I discussed three ideas for entrepreneurs in the healthcare space:
– mobile-centric health portals
– online communities for patients
– patient health records

Online Homework Help

Walter Mossberg writes about Cosmeo:

Doing school homework is often a task that incites groans, eye rolls and major frustration. And we’re just talking about parents. Kids and their parents, together, have long suffered through the anguish of trying to make sense of take-home assignments. Sometimes the student is confused, other times the parent is even more confused and in the worst cases both are lost.

This week, we tried a new Web-based learning service that aims to help with homework, marshaling a rich mix of video, audio, photos, text articles and step-by-step math instruction to make the job easier. It’s called Cosmeo, and it’s from the education division of Discovery Communications Inc., the big media company that owns the Discovery Channel, TLC and other cable TV networks.

Cosmeo (, which requires a paid subscription, was created with input from teachers and students and works with actual curriculum standards from every state in the country, except Iowa, which doesn’t use statewide curriculum standards. It grew out of a service Discovery runs that streams educational videos to schools, and works on both Windows and Macintosh computers, and in all major Web browsers.