What is VideoCast
Our vision is that rich media will soon become an integral part of medical knowledge sharing and medical processes dissemination, and DoctorsHello will play a leading role in making that vision a reality. In this context DoctorsHello allows doctors to upload video files and enrich those with relative content of a scientific paper or a content that describes it accurately producing VideoCasts.
This is great for doctors that want to quickly visualize and analyze specific topics or new medical techniques engaging the ecosystem community in discussions and broadening the exposure of their work. DoctorsHello also allows connected regular users to tag and give “Hellos” and connected doctors to comment and collaborate on these VideoCasts.
In a typical example, a VideoCast explains a medical work via a video produced by a slideshow that introduces a new technique In another example, a VideoCast may describe a medical process or an experiment or a method in the form of a short face-to-camera video lecture, accompanied by a detail description DoctorsHello also enables doctors to digitize publications that were published in Open Access journals.
VideoCasts into publication of routine medical practice
The VideoCast Studio has been designed to provide video integration, hosting and distribution capability to doctors in the context of socio-medical ecosystem to enliven their Web presence and satisfy their connected users and patients and public audience’s need for multimedia medical evidences.
Each VideoCast incorporates the video accompanied with the formatted content (Abstract, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion References). In this way, it enables a viewer to fully absorb the information by watching the video and reading the formatted and highlighted content. It is a much more dynamic and efficient way to disseminate and absorb medical knowledge than a text-centric document, podcast or plain video.
Based on this background VideoCast will rapidly become an important tool for doctors—in documenting their routine medical practice and medical innovation and explaining their work to broad audiences. While there are many outlets for syndicating and sharing daily-life videos and few outlets for presenting scientific topics, of these outlets DoctorsHello offers the most innovative comprehensive set of services for integrating video into medical ecosystem.
These set of services includes:
- Browser-based synchronization technology, where video and data are synchronized directly creating an enriched file easily discoverable from search machines.
- Internal video editing software as a Service (VideoCast Studio), so the doctor does not need to invest in new software (as an Adobe Premier or similar) or worry about technological knowledge.
- A DIY (do it yourself) model, such that doctors can create and upload videos (videos stored on doctors’ PC or acquired “on the fly” from their PC camera) quickly, easily with no or minimal help from our Technical Support.
- A public web gateway (VideoCast Grid) that is open to Regular Users to access and study these VideoCasts.
- A smart search engine to locate VideoCast containing the information that they are interested in.
- A public tab on doctor’s Profile Page that listing all the VideoCast produced by the specific doctor Videocasts that are submitted as prototype on DoctorsHello are screened and approved on accuracy and quality by our scientists and a reviewing editorial board and finally the are taking a Digital Object Identification (Service on Demand).
VideoCast versus plain video published on YouTube
A “VideoCast” is basically the next upgrade of medical video as a plain format. The idea behind the VideoCast is that plain medical videos do not contain enough information in order to analyze a new medical procedure and enough evidences to convince patients. Nowadays many doctors make their videos using social media as a distribution panel but the outcomes from this distribution are limited. They’re just daily-life-formatted outline videos.
YouTube is excellent if you just need a place to host daily-life videos. However, it is built for short, unfiltered user-generated videos rather than the scientific, higher-quality videos associated with enriched content. YouTube also does not offer the workflow, quality control process and metadata required by scientific sharing.
A good visual presentation of a medical practice or a new technique requires the visuals evidences the accompanied context and /or spoken commentary. VideoCasts go one step further and include video evidences e.g. a surgical process or a presenter speaking for an innovative medical technique along with the formatted content and metadata.
A plain medical video published at YouTube should get the audience engaged by getting them emotionally involved, making them see why they should be interested, while a paper gives all of the objective details. At VideoCast the connected user get both together.
Below is a summary of how VideoCast is different and superior to YouTube in many respects.
|Enrichment||Video metadata and formatted content enrichment||Metadata enrichment|
|Supplementary materials||Easy upload||None|
|DOI/Metadata||Each VideoCast has a Digital Object Identification ( DOI) assigned and metadata associated with it that promotes further collaboration, indexing and citation which are required for medical content sharing||None|
|Tagging||Automated process drawing upon all relevant tags across||None|
|Workflow||Easy video supplement creation & management process via VideoCast Studio||None|
|Integration||Automatic integration at the Doctors Profile page at the frontend||Embed functionality|
|Editorial control||Reviewing Editorial Board||None|
VideoCast producing workflow
The DoctorsHello VideoCast Service great advantage is its simple workflow that allows doctors to jointly produce the VideoCast, similarly, to an article publishing process. This simple workflow steps are:
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STEP 1: VideoCast submission
- Initially, a doctor logs into Doctorshello backend and enables the VideoCast Studio module.
- He/she then creates a videocast by uploading an existing video or by recording "on the fly" a video from his/her web camera.
- The last stage involves adding content, using the predefined text boxes (Abstract, Methods etc.) and metadata associated with the VideoCast.
- The same process applies to plain videos only, without uploading or synchronizing of the content.
STEP 2: VideoCast review and acceptance
- The draft VideoCast is created and uploaded in the personal account. During the upload process, an author can edit all items of the VideoCast except from publishing options. (The VideoCast is locked down after it’s published to ensure integrity— editable only by authorized editorial staff)
- The editorial staff is notified, and proceeds with reviewing once notification is confirmed.
- If minor or major changes need to be made, a brief report is mailed to the VideoCast creator, for corrections and resubmitting. In any other case the user / creator is informed of the unsuccessful VideoCast publishing process.
- If the VideoCast is approved, it is then officially accepted as a new VideoCast page and receive a DOI (Service on Demand).
STEP 3: Ecosystem Grid/Profile Page VideoCast sharing
- Once a VideoCast is approved and published an automated agent shares it to the Ecosystem VideoCasts Grid and at the doctors’ Profile Page.
- The doctor is also able to embed it via a link, share it to indicated networks or share it at any social media to maximize distribution and traffic.
DoctorsHello ecosystem platform and VideoCasts are designed for mass adoption. Thus, the video uploading, synchronization, publishing process and the VideoCast creation is easy, fast and cost-effective. Doctors are able to upload and create VideoCast on their own with minimal help from DoctorsHello support.
No special equipment is needed, the process is intuitive, and total time required is limited. There is no IT investment or administration headaches. It is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) where all functions are performed via a web browser.