Personal emergency response system (PERS) maker QMedic has won $2.2 million from the National Cancer Institute “to create next-generation passive sensing and self-report tools to enhance clinical interventions for at-risk patients.”
“ Browser based presentation platforms are quickly gaining ground as HTML5 has made it possible to create robust presentations online without the need for applications like PowerPoint or Keynote.”
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THE advances in digital medicine described in this special report have already started to move patients from the margins of the medical system to its centre. Some think there are bigger things to come. “The key is patient-driven research,” explains Gregory Simon, head of Faster Cures, an advocacy group in Washington, DC.
What is a private social network for doctors and patients? A private social network for doctors and patients uses the best in social applications to enable doctors to educate, provide focused guidance and receive patient feedback on experiences and critical events.
Unlike Facebook or Twitter or standard off-the-shelf forum software, private social network for doctors and patients are designed from the ground up to be private and secure.
Why are private social networks for doctors and patients a good thing? A private social network for doctors and patients enables a doctor to use patient feedback to take decisions easier and faster, reducing his stress and improving patient’s ability to get better faster.
What makes a private social network for doctors and patients private? A private social network for doctors and patients, is usually based on a star topology, where an individual doctor, team or a front-line caregiver who triages calls to a second level team of specialists; interact with patients and caregivers in a secure and private way. This is sometimes called a “circle of care” of patients and caregivers interacting with their physician or clinical care team.
What kind of services do private social networks for doctors and patients provide? A private social network for doctors and patients typically provides 3 core services – search, private messaging and secure data storage of PHR (personal health record).
So – what’s the big deal, why are private social networks for doctors and patients any different than a patient portal? It’s totally a question of focus and a philosphy of who drives the healthcare process.
Healthcare provider portals take information and enable patients to access it, sometimes to even store PHR. The focus is on the healthcare provider organization repurposing information they already heave.
Private social networks for doctors and patients are driven by physicians under the belief that doctors not organizations drive the healthcare process.
The primary mission of a private social network for doctors and patients is to help doctors better serve existing patients, find new ones and build their reputations by demonstrating their expertise online." (...)
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This week MedCity News shared an article about patient engagement that posits, "Patients today aren’t truly engaged with health technology or even with their own health." The article, written by Laura Wagner and originally appearing in VentureBeat, is a commentary based on a session from HealthBeat 2013, a VentureBeat presented conference.