Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
It is estimated that up to 80 percent of modern-day commercial flights are now conducted on autopilot. This sophisticated technology is praised for making flights safer. But can and should the same really be applied to healthcare? Will we boldly go where no health technology has gone before?
Apparently a group of scientists at Maastricht University Medical Hospital have developed a model that could enable cancer patients to have their treatment course chosen by a…Continue
Added by Laura Larsen on April 24, 2013 at 7:21am — No Comments
This morning I saw an article in the Telegraph (it happens when you follow folks in the U.K.) discussing the results of a small social media study. Ten self-professed Facebook addicts and ten power-tweeters were asked to forgo social media for four weeks. No surprise, many of them started to tweak out a bit, stating they felt disconnected from…Continue
Added by Brittany M. Falconer on April 11, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments
A new study from Brigham Young University has found that while most of us go online regularly for help in diagnosing health issues, very few of us actually post information, questions or experiences on health topics.
According to the study, less than 15 percent of us post health information online – compared to 60 percent of us who go…Continue
Added by Alex Gandhi on April 9, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments
It’s true. Calories are now cheaper, and exercise is more expensive. Recently, the WSJ reported that most of the world has grown fatter since the 1970s: Food prices have fallen in relation to incomes. Jobs have become less strenuous. And to top it off, people must pay to exercise.
Coke is one brand trying to live with this reality, in both digital…Continue
Added by P.J. Lurvey on March 7, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
By Palmer Reuther
In this article by mHIMSS Editor Eric Wicklund, the subject of physician adoption of social media, or lack thereof, is discussed. It's an interesting topic and points to a trend that I believe we'll see more of in the near future. For physicians, time is valuable and free time is fleeting which explains one of the main reasons why physicians have not generally…Continue
Added by Palmer Reuther on February 22, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments
In the past few years, health IT has become an integral part of healthcare, with policies pushing for adoption and patients pushing for accessibility. It makes sense after all, we use technology in all other aspects of our lives, so why not healthcare?
You can imagine my surprise at the results from the latest survey by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that showed few consumers use technology to track health,…Continue
Added by Arjona Andoni on February 1, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments
Rock Center with Brian Williams recently reported that even a daily workout regimen cannot undo the damage from sitting all day. The article states that “Americans sit more than ever before – at work, at school, even at play.” Obesity expert, Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic relates sitting all day to dangerous behavior,…Continue
Added by Theresa Masnik on January 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
If you haven’t come across the slew of articles or overheard watercooler-chatter about Movember, you mostly are in the minority. They're talking about moustaches. But this post is for the ladies, or shall I say mo sistas.
Movember.com says “a Mo Sista is a woman who loves a Mo. An individual that is…Continue
Added by Theresa Masnik on November 1, 2012 at 1:41pm — No Comments
Today, Fast Company described new research from scientists who have found a way to utilize DNA to send huge amounts of data between cells. Essentially, this allows them the ability to have one cell give instructions to another.
Now, like we use the Internet and social networks to communicate with one another, scientists could someday “hack” cells to do the same thing.…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on October 9, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Rosie O’Donnell described her heart attack on blog, saying she felt an ache in her chest and soreness in her arms, followed by nausea and a “clammy” feeling. She took an aspirin and decided against calling 911. The next day she went to a hospital, where she learned one of her coronary arteries was 99 percent blocked, requiring a stent.
As the daughter of a heart…Continue
Added by P.J. Lurvey on September 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As an avid sports participant and fan, I can confidently say sports captivate and engulf much of American’s culture. Top professional athletes are the epitome of the perfect health specimen, especially athletes of team sports like basketball, football, soccer, etc. But how does that translate to teens today – a generation suffering from an obesity epidemic?
It might be a no brainer but according to…Continue
Added by Ally Peebles on July 16, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments
Today, Mashable discussed a new social network for doctors which allows physician-peers to connect and discuss cases, problems and patients in a safe community setting.
iRounds, the aforementioned social network, describes themselves like this:…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on July 11, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
According to a recent study, consumers expect to adopt the use of mobile technology in healthcare at a faster rate providers will be able to adapt. The study found that consumers have high expectations for mHealth, namely that it will drastically improve the convenience, cost and quality of their healthcare. Additionally, consumers see mHealth as a way to provide healthcare to markets where access is historically low.…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on June 8, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
If you asked me how many calories I ate today, my answer would probably be off. Far off. Not intentionally, of course. But, human nature would make me recount my portions as smaller and might even make me forget that small chocolate chip cookie. It’s human engineering.
The same would go for…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on May 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Yesterday, Facebook unveiled a new initiative, aimed at encouraging Facebook users to advertise their organ donor status on their Timeline.
The move is in an attempt to increase awareness regarding the immense need for organ donors. “Many of those people — an average of…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on May 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Yesterday, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post announced a new mobile health application, projected to launch this June:
I'm delighted to announce that HuffPost, along with…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on April 18, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
A few months ago I was scanning through blogs, tweets & reviews for a device to help track my daily calorie intake vs. how many I burn off. I discovered there are plenty to choose from, all promising to accomplish the same thing. I almost scrapped the whole search, until I noticed one little gadget kept popping up – Fitbit. So I picked one up & began testing it out.
Its sleek, light weight design & clean display drew me…Continue
Added by Nick Liberati on April 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
On Wednesday Google teased a new video for Project Glass, an application that allows users to experience augmented reality through glasses. While the video (below) focuses on the day to day functionality of the device, there are important implications of the glasses in health care as well.
Imagine a doctor walking in to patient’s room. Instead of picking up a chart to read his medical history or looking at a screen to check his vitals, the doctor engages an application in augmented…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on April 6, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
If you’re anything like me, the Internet is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to your general health and wellbeing. If you’re anything like me, you think it’s a brilliant idea to immediately Google any symptom you find yourself experiencing. If you’re anything like me, “I have this weird pain in my…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
As a self-proclaimed pharmaceutical industry brat who grew up with parents and step-parents in the pharmaceutical industry and was involved in the clinical trials for the chicken pox vaccine when I was in kindergarten, I’m a huge proponent of vaccines and the good they can do. I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, particularly when there are children involved, but I also feel it’s important to take a step back and consider society at large and not just your…Continue
Added by Amanda Griffith on March 13, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments