User Profile: Francisco J Grajales III

Francisco J Grajales III (fragra)
University of British Columbia
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Attended Medicine 2.0'08 (Toronto, Canada)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 to Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Attended Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)
Thursday, September 17, 2009 to Friday, September 18, 2009
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Attended Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)
Monday, November 29, 2010 to Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Attended Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Friday, September 16, 2011 to Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Attended Medicine 2.0'12 (Boston, USA)
Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Sunday, September 16, 2012
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Attended Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
Monday, September 23, 2013 to Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Accepted Abstracts

Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)

Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Virtual-Reality Medical Training: The Ann Myers Medical Centre
Francisco J. Grajales Iii*, Bertalan Meskó

Medical education is a discipline where science, practice and art meet to with one common goal - to improve the quality of life of patients and save lives. Since Socrates and Galen’s time medical professionals have gathered together to interact and share their knowledge and practical experience to become better health professionals. Today, the Social Web has changed how humans interact, think, learn and simulate. Unfortunately however, medical training remains dispersed, often varying signi...

Success in Virtual Clinics for Hispanics: Lessons Learned from Forumclinic Users
Inmaculada Grau, Francisco J Grajales Iii*, Joan Gene, Miquel Bernardo, Marc De Demir

Forumclinc ( is an interactive e-public health program in Spanish and Catalan for patients living with chronic diseases. Conceived and developed in 2007, Forumclinic provides high quality; evidence-based, unbiased information transcribed in lay language through a set of audiovisual materials and moderated forums for schizophrenia, diabetes, COPD, cardiac ischemia, breast cancer, depression, metabolic syndrome, bipolar disorder, arthritis, and obesity. Chronic disease audi...

Ethics 2.0: Implications for Connected Health (Panel with interactive audience response system)
Joan H. Dzenowagis*, Kevin A. Clauson*, Francisco J. Grajales Iii*

Does the Social Web demand a new ethical paradigm? Not only is the broad adoption of Web 2.0 tools and services dramatically changing patterns of interconnection in the health domain; it is also raising new questions about content stewardship. Of concern from an ethical perspective is that health-related data are made available, or potentially available, through the actions of individuals, communities or websites. These technologies have created a Web 2.0 enabled nexus wherein consumers, heal...

Enabling Semantic Health Apps: The MEDgle Clinical Decision Support Service Api
Aditya Damle*, Francisco Jose Grajales Iii*

Semantic Web (Web 3.0) evaluates informational relationships to understand user queries. In a medical context, patients can browse for symptoms, diagnostic tests, procedures, or drugs to understand their medical options and risk for disease. This is MEDgle; a series of semantic algorithms with over fifty million medical-concept relationships aimed at increasing access to quality medical information in eight languages. On January 14th, 2009, MEDgle released its clinical decision support se...

Medicine 2.0'10 (Maastricht, NL)

A Cry for Help: a Case Report of Suicidal Ideation in a Physician-mediated Forum
Inmaculada Grau*, Francisco J Grajales Iii*, Enrique Buisan, Victor Navarro, Piero Castro Loli

Background: Forumclinic is a public health engagement program from the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona for chronic disease-interested consumers. Aimed at improving information access in Spanish and Catalan, Forumclinic’s web portal provides a variety of patient resources, including physician-specialist moderated forums and educational videos. Currently, this portal incorporates resources for ten chronic diseases: schizophrenia, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina, breast ca...

Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)

Using Social Media Applications in Academic Research
Chris Paton*, Peter Murray*, Margaret Mary Hansen*, Francisco Grajales*

This international panel discussion aims to explore issues relating to the use of social media in academic research and to hone in on social media applications that may align with research methodologies. While use of social media is growing in health care and academia, there has been, to date, little exploration of or research into its use toward various communities (e.g. providers, patients, educators, learners). This is an appropriate time to discuss the issues and begin the process of deve...

Medicine 2.0'12 (Boston, USA)

Wikis and Collaborative Writing Applications in Health Care: Preliminary Results of a Scoping Review
Patrick Michel Archambault*, Tom H Van De Belt, Francisco J Grajales Iii*, Marjan J Faber, Andrea Bilodeau, Simon Rioux, Craig E Kuziemsky, Gunther Eysenbach*, Karine Aubin, Irving Gold, Marie-pierre Gagnon*, Alexis F Turgeon, Julien Poitras, Jan A.m. Kremer, Marcel Heldoorn, France Légaré

Background: The use of collaborative writing applications by clinicians and other health care actors is presently growing. Although wikis, Google Documents and similar collaborative writing applications may be useful in facilitating knowledge transfer, no systematic review has yet been conducted to evaluate their role in knowledge translation (KT). Objective: This study is exploring the depth and breadth of evidence about the safe, effective and ethical use of collaborative writing applica...

Forumclinic: Can Virtual Communities Survive Adverse Technical Platform Changes?
Maria Inmaculada Grau*, Francisco Grajales Iii*, Antoni Sisó

Background: Forumclinic is a public health engagement program at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, which enhances patient empowerment by providing audiovisual educational material and board-certified specialist moderated fora for peer-to-peer and health care professional-to-patient interaction. Four years after its official launch, forumclinic decided to implement a new, social media-based, platform. Objective: This research explores whether virtual patient communities survive social media (t...

Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)

Understanding the Contribution of Physician-Moderated Virtual Support Groups to Health and Wellness: A Content Analysis
Maria Inmaculada Grau, Francisco J Grajales III*

Background: Forumclinic is a free, interactive, eLearning health and wellness-promotion platform for Spanish and Catalan-speaking patients with chronic diseases. Although the platform uses a number of multimedia modalities to help patients cope with their disease, it also uses disease-specific physician-specialist moderated forums that have successfully created virtual communities for patient support. On October 19th, 2012, Forumclinic celebrated its five year anniversary with a contest of ...

Medicine 2.0'14 Europe (Malaga, Spain)

Exploring the Quality of Health Apps: The ISYS Ranking System
Maria Immaculada Grau*, Francisco J Grajales III, Luis Fernandez-Luque*, Belchin Kostov, Jose Antonio Gallego

Background: Approximately 63 Billion apps were downloaded in 2012, of which, an estimated 44 million were health-related. Paradoxically, most downloaded health-apps are seldomly used within a month of their initial download date, mainly because it is difficult for users to identify the overall quality of the app before it is downloaded. In essence, when users begin interacting with the recently downloaded app, they realize that it is not exactly what they were looking for. The variety opti...

Full Paper Publications

JMIR Research Protocols

Wikis and Collaborative Writing Applications in Health Care: A Scoping Review Protocol
Patrick Michel Archambault, Tom H. van de Belt, Francisco J. Grajales III, Gunther Eysenbach, Karine Aubin, Irving Gold, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Craig E. Kuziemsky, Alexis F. Turgeon, Julien Poitras, Marjan J. Faber, Jan A.M. Kremer, Marcel Heldoorn, Andrea Bilodeau, France Légaré
JMIR Res Protoc 2012;1(1):e1

Implementation and Evaluation of a Wiki Involving Multiple Stakeholders Including Patients in the Promotion of Best Practices in Trauma Care: The WikiTrauma Interrupted Time Series Protocol
Patrick M Archambault, Alexis F Turgeon, Holly O Witteman, François Lauzier, Lynne Moore, François Lamontagne, Tanya Horsley, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Arnaud Droit, Matthew Weiss, Sébastien Tremblay, Jean Lachaine, Natalie Le Sage, Marcel Émond, Simon Berthelot, Ariane Plaisance, Jean Lapointe, Tarek Razek, Tom H van de Belt, Kevin Brand, Mélanie Bérubé, Julien Clément, Francisco Jose Grajales III, Gunther Eysenbach, Craig Kuziemsky, Debbie Friedman, Eddy Lang, John Muscedere, Sandro Rizoli, Derek J Roberts, Damon C Scales, Tasnim Sinuff, Henry T Stelfox, Isabelle Gagnon, Christian Chabot, Richard Grenier, France Légaré, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
JMIR Res Protoc 2015;4(1):e21

Improving Health-Related Quality of Life of Patients With an Ostomy Using a Novel Digital Wearable Device: Protocol for a Pilot Study
Dara Rouholiman, Jamison G Gamble, Sylvie D Dobrota, Ellen M Encisco, Ashish G Shah, Francisco J Grajales III, Larry F Chu
JMIR Res Protoc 2018;7(3):e82

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Wikis and Collaborative Writing Applications in Health Care: A Scoping Review
Patrick M Archambault, Tom H van de Belt, Francisco J Grajales III, Marjan J Faber, Craig E Kuziemsky, Susie Gagnon, Andrea Bilodeau, Simon Rioux, Willianne LDM Nelen, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Alexis F Turgeon, Karine Aubin, Irving Gold, Julien Poitras, Gunther Eysenbach, Jan AM Kremer, France Légaré
J Med Internet Res 2013;15(10):e210

Social Media: A Review and Tutorial of Applications in Medicine and Health Care
Francisco Jose Grajales III, Samuel Sheps, Kendall Ho, Helen Novak-Lauscher, Gunther Eysenbach
J Med Internet Res 2014;16(2):e13

Patient Participation at Health Care Conferences: Engaged Patients Increase Information Flow, Expand Propagation, and Deepen Engagement in the Conversation of Tweets Compared to Physicians or Researchers
Audun Utengen, Dara Rouholiman, Jamison G. Gamble, Francisco Jose Grajales III, Nisha Pradhan, Alicia C Staley, Liza Bernstein, Sean D Young, Kevin A Clauson, Larry F Chu
J Med Internet Res 2017;19(8):e280

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