The vast majority of patients (90 percent) want to self-manage their healthcare leveraging technology, such as accessing medical information, refilling prescriptions and booking appointments online, but nearly half (46 percent) are unaware if their health records are available electronically, according to a new survey by Accenture (NYSE:ACN), which was released today at the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) annual meeting.
Meet Roxxi - a feisty and fully-armed virtual nanobot. Billed as "medicine's mightiest warrior", she's fighting an epic battle deep inside the human body where she launches rapid-fire assaults on malignant cells.
The economic situation in Greece is only continuing to worsen, as reports indicate that hospitals and care centers throughout the nation are running completely out of medicines, and many healthcare workers are now voluntarily providing care services without pay.
I had the pleasure of attending a “salon” type dinner hosted by Xconomy and its chief correspondent and San Francisco editor Wade Roush last week (and graciously sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and Alexandria Real Estate Equities).
Here at Occupy Healthcare, we recognize that we all need to work towards changing healthcare, but sometimes change can we hard. While we talk about complex health policy and systems issues, we understand that these changes are not simple and do not easily allow for someone to flip a switch for change to occur.
The Heritage Group announced yesterday the official closing of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund L.P. at $157 million, as well as consummation of its first two investments. The strategic fund was launched in January 2011. These strategic limited partners, in addition to their capital, provide unique origination and evaluation contacts, as well as the potential for commercial benefits to portfolio companies.
The effort, called MyCancerCircle.net, creates free, private networks that let families and friends sign up to help caregivers with tasks like doing the shopping for patients, delivering meals or signing up to visit, according to MM&M. Powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, MyCancerCircle.net is an online caring community that brings together friends, family and volunteers to support families and caregivers of people with cancer. Lotsa Helping Hands offers technical assistance through their Member Support Center, ensuring My Cancer Circle communities get the most out of their experience.
This week we are going to highlight hospitals with inspiring social media strategies. From Tuesday through Friday, we are going to highlight hospitals within the United States that have embraced social media and relationship building.
LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogging, and the like stand poised to change the face of healthcare in the exact same manner it pretty much did for most other industries. Medical professionals — not just doctors — have discovered some creative (and not-so-creative) ways to apply the technology to many different aspects of their field
Automated Security Alert has released an educational videoon YouTube as part of their mission to use social media to educate the public about their health care options. The Munhall-based company put the video together in response to handwritten letters that they got from clients and the family members of clients who have had positive experiences with the company, ranging from lifesaving help to peace of mind. While similar video testimonies from other companies involve paid actors, the people in the Automated Security Alert video are the actual clients who shared their experiences with the company who in turn asked if they would volunteer to be in the video, and they agreed.
Losing weight is really hard. And in North Carolina, we are struggling with a state-wide obesity epidemic. Consider this: two-thirds of North Carolinians are overweight or obese. In the last two decades, obesity rates have doubled across the state – an increase of 1.9 million adults, or the equivalent of filling the Carolina Panthers stadium 26 times.
One in three children between the ages of 10-17 in our state struggles with weight. They have a 70 percent chance of remaining overweight or obese as adults. Less than half of adults and only a quarter of high school students in North Carolina get the recommended amount of daily exercise. And it’s more likely that you will drink a sugar sweetened beverage today than consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
The secretary-general of the United Nations’ (first) Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Maurice Strong, famously declared that if our planet is to remain a hospitable and sustainable home for the human species, the battle would be won or lost in major urban areas.
The mobile health (mHealth) market is playing an ever larger role in healthcare delivery and management. With the saturation of mobile applications (apps) that support varied healthcare purposes, from smoking cessation tools and regional allergy alerts to instant heart rate readings, connected health is at the fingertips of end-users, according to Frost & Sullivan.
With over 165,000 members in Italy, it is the 3rd largest network of Europe in the healthcare sector.
The figures presented in the presentation are interesting. Each month 319,000 people visit the network and view around 565,000 pages. On a total community of 165,000 these figures are not spectectular, on average each member visits the website twice and has a look at three pages per month.
On the second and last day of the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference, produced by NYC Health Business Leaders in New York, Jessie Gruman, president of the Center of Advancing Health, took the stage to present an honest and point-blank keynote on what she, and a majority of patients, ultimately want to see from an organization's social media efforts.
From Tahrir to San Francisco, individuals, families, and entire communities are protesting for basic human rights. People are not only upset about the financial sector and the bank bailouts—they are tired of living in a society where social services are not provided to those that need them the most. Individuals from all over the country have come together to Occupy Healthcare. The global movement has taken root.