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Endovascular Forum and CiDA Collaborate to Launch a Collective Intelligence Instrument for Dialysis Access Physicians
Date:5/22/2008

BOSTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Endovascular Forum (EVF), an IC Sciences company, and its partner, Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA), announced a collaboration to launch a Web-based collective intelligence instrument for advanced clinical skills development in endovascular dialysis access. The program serves the partners' shared commitment to developing more potent ways for physicians to learn from peer experiences and in so doing improve their treatment decisions and practices.

Collective intelligence instruments are a class of medical informatics instruments that apply scientific design principles to effectively engage groups of clinicians or patients in exchanging information, observations, and viewpoints to advance the community's "collective intelligence." Techniques employed for high-impact collective intelligence instruments include narrative tools, user-generated tagging, and meta-data collection.

The Endovascular Forum's online, global clinician network provides an experientially diverse community ideal for collective intelligence engagement around dialysis access. End stage renal disease and renal failure requiring dialysis is a growing global problem, affecting more than 340,000 patients in America alone in 2005. Dr. Bart Dolmatch, CiDA Co-Course Director, explained the clinical value of the instrument, "In a field as rapidly evolving and complex as endovascular dialysis access interventions, new instruments are needed to quickly interpret and disseminate clinical case observations and thus provide a kind of expertise liquidity. We believe that with EVF as a foundation, and CiDA case narratives as content, a powerful collective intelligence instrument can be built that can do just that."

The collective intelligence instrument class has theoretical foundations residing in complexity science models that show the emergence of new learning patterns through the integration of varied views. The EVF-CiDA collective intelligen
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