The pharmaceutical world has been flocking to Twitter, just like the rest of the universe, often in an attempt to draw attention to new scientific discoveries aiding in the treatment of disease or to connect with others in their field.
However, Twitter’s popularity has not only benefited the legitimate side of the pharmaceutical industry. A study released in December, supported by both the Global Health Policy Institute and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, found an empirical link between all Twitter content and content aimed at the illicit drug sales. A survey of two week’s worth of posts shared on Twitter, involving the analysis of more than two million tweets, turned up 45,000 tweets which encouraged drug abuse. The survey found that more than three-quarters of tweets both pertaining to the non-medical use of prescription medications and including a hyperlink to a sales affiliate related to the anti-anxiety drug Valium.
The journal Surgery last year published an opinion piece that discussed surgeons’ use of social media. Whether you love it, hate it, or are completely indifferent to social media, this piece was an enlightening read. The authors, members of Society of University Surgeons’ Social and Legislative Committee, approached the use of social media in medicine and specifically in surgical practices as an inevitable step. They presented social media as a continuation of or surrogate for surgery’s frequent morbidity and mortality conferences. Their argument is that surgery as a specialty thrives on discussion, comparison and groups. This piece offered a “how to” guide that addresses the different types of social media and the patient populations most likely to benefit from expanded use. The evolution of social media provides surgeons with quick mobile access to a global community and the potential to have the latest guidelines in the palm of your hand in minutes. That is social media’s power. In addition to covering collaborative benefits, the authors discussed social media as an avenue to reach patients, a mechanism to increase disease awareness, and an advertiser’s Mecca. Today, patients seek care using keywords and hashtags, and surgeons and surgical practices who fail to engage will be disadvantaged. The authors cite an interesting statistic: patients spend an average of 2 hours annually with healthcare providers, but 5,000 hours annually communicating with others. Much of those 5,000 hours is spent on social media. Regardless, physicians have been slow to use social media outlets. They give some examples of how social media helps surgeons. Two are recommending YouTube videos that explain bowel prep for colonoscopy, and using push notifications to send post-surgical reminders to patients when specific actions are needed, like medication adjustments. Increasingly, researchers are engaging social media to increase their reach. Gathering speed, this area is currently a means of follow-up and a platform for surveys. Disease-specific groups, however, represent a potential source of study participants and input. As social media-based research increases, institutional review boards will need to tailor their review processes. Social media’s broad, unfettered reach has repercussions. An underlying theme in this piece is responsibility built on censorship from medical experts, professional oversight and engagement. Social media has some of the same elements that surgeons are renowned for: innovation and technologic advancement. The authors urge surgeons to engage and direct social media’s role in the field. - See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/social-media-is-an-essential-part-of-surgical-practice#sthash.fqrCudyM.dpuf
De très nombreux sites internet donnent des informations sur la santé : sites d'associations de malades, sites rattachés à une publication ou à un organisme de recherche. Et de plus en plus de sites proposent des conseils en cas de problème de santé : des forums de discussion mais aussi des sites qui mettent en relation des patients et des professionnels de santé.
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Every day, more data about our lives is being generated than ever before. When it comes to saving lives, the bigger the data the better - but what to do with it all?Ninety per cent of the data in the world has been created in the past two years alone, experts estimate - and the reason for that is technological innovation.The internet, mobile phones, cameras, sensors, bank cards and social media are just some of the items responsible for the massive volume of "big data" that is currently amassed every single second.As technology has advanced, so too have the opportunities for scientists.
Mobile is the single most important change in the world since the invention of the internet. Seventy-one percent of adults in the U.S. now own a web-enabled smartphone or other wireless device. Mobile allows for individuals to be connected in real time, on the fly and literally from the palm of their hand. They have the world and its resources at their fingers, making for some of the most empowered buyers and consumers we've experienced to date. Mobile users are empowered to learn, engage and research for themselves without having to wait.
The mobile healthcare space is a busy one, with revenue in 2016 expected to exceed $13.578 billion. Mobile healthcare apps are generally placed in one of eight categories:
General Monitoring Emergency Response Systems Telemedicine Mobile Medical Equipment RFID Tracking Health and Fitness Software Mobile Messaging Electronic Medical Records Like most things technology-related, not everyone agrees with how experts have segmented these mobile health categories.
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