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
On Monday the UK’s Royal College of GPs (RCGP) launched the RCGP Social Media Highway Code, a practical guide for healthcare professionals wanting to communicate with patients through social media. The Code is a great step towards encouraging and enabling enhanced engagement with patients online. It’s exciting to see the healthcare industry embracing the…Continue
Added by Laura Larsen on March 20, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments
In an industry where medical and scientific expertise is paramount, social media can be a challenge. While patients and the larger medical ecosystem often depend on social media in research and engagement around their health, one can’t assume that those properties are managed by MDs … and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
For example, more than 90 percent of hospitals are using social media according to a recent article in…Continue
Added by Nicole Colwell on March 13, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments
According to some recent findings by Pew Research Center, covered by Kaiser Health News, Facebook and Yelp may prove as effective a tool in evaluating hospital quality as traditional means of measurement. In reviewing the Facebook and Yelp comments from hospital patients, researchers found that they aligned well with outcomes from mortality rates and…Continue
Added by Jackie Hanley on March 4, 2013 at 2:28pm — No Comments
On Friday, Abigail Phillips of Global Healthcare (http://bit.ly/Y8AFQ3) gave some tips about how to manage social media strategy to avoid PR mistakes and to build a positive online reputation for healthcare executives all over the globe. Some key insights include understanding that the patient is now the media, the need for positive doctor/patient communication, and that content…Continue
Added by Michael Perotto on March 4, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
The Pew Internet & American Life Project's “Health Online 2013” survey found roughly 70-75% of Internet users aged 18-64 search online for health information, as do 58% of Internet users aged 65 and over.
Today, our docs are feeling the pressure to connect with us online but HIPAA can get in the way with our traditional online efforts. Mashable discusses three ways to take advantage of…Continue
Added by Sally Bain on February 27, 2013 at 9:42am — 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
Imagine leaving the doctor with two new smartphone apps downloaded instead of two bottles of pills prescribed. Today's technology is allowing doctors to suggest smartphone apps instead of defaulting to medication.
Last week's Rock Center with Brian Williams investigated one doctor's vision to use smartphones apps for healing and monitoring patients health. Leading cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol believes the future is with your smartphone improving the doctor patient relationship…Continue
Added by Ally Peebles on January 28, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments
The use of social media channels is rapidly on the increase in many areas of the healthcare sector, not least for the recruitment of healthcare professionals.
Aside from being a place to share the latest news, or rant about the latest news, Twitter has also become a means of recruitment for organisations all over the world who often have specially dedicated HR Twitter handles. Recruitment agencies also often have specific accounts to advertise vacancies to possible candidates…Continue
Added by Eva Bearryman on September 18, 2012 at 9:01am — 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
Picture this. You’re showering and feel an irregular lump somewhere on your body. A lifetime of public service announcements tells you that you should see a doctor. But, your own fear keeps you from making that phone call. Instead of getting it checked out, you let the idea of what it could be become your life.
What if you didn’t need to make that frightening trip to the doctor’s office? What if, instead, you could slip on a glove that could immediately give yourself an accurate…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on August 22, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments
NPR’s recent post What’s your IQ on SPF?encouraged me to wonder what my SPF IQ is… And what percentage of my sunburns could have been avoided had I known better. After some digital research on dangers of sun damage, the myths of sun block, and the consumerization of skin care, I have uncovered some interesting findings.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and …Continue
Added by P.J. Lurvey on July 13, 2012 at 7:24am — 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
On a day-to-day basis we all interact with so many different forms of technology. Between cell phones, computers, video games, tablets, digital cameras, MP3 players and more, it’s no wonder that we all get a bit tired of the tech at times. However, doctors globally are taking devices we use daily and…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on March 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Pinterest recently hit 10 million U.S. unique visitors monthly, and they did it faster than any other social media site. As a result, this virtual pinboarding community has quickly become one of the most talked…Continue
With HIMSS 2012 in full swing, it’s been interesting to watch the conferences’ efforts to become integrated with social media. Whether you’re attending the conference in person, or following along from your…Continue
Added by Samantha Hamilton on February 22, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments