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EyeNetra, el primer diagnostico ocular para smartphone | HealthWorks Collective

EyeNetra, el primer diagnostico ocular para smartphone | HealthWorks Collective | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

Netra es el primer diagnostico ocular para teléfonos inteligentes...

 

Con Netra, cualquier persona, en cualquier lugar se puede realizar la prueba del ojo propia con una precisión y facilidad usando un teléfono inteligente y el clip-on dispositivo Netra. Netra mide la hipermetropía, miopía, astigmatismo, presbicia y la distancia pupilar.

 

La visión de EyeNetra (desde su sitio web):

 

"Tenemos la visión de un mundo donde todas las personas se sienten empoderadas y capaces de tomar decisiones informadas sobre su salud Estamos, en particular, un apasionado de la vista -. Creemos que toda persona tiene derecho a disfrutar de su mundo y su viaje con el rendimiento visual perfecta que somos. No satisfecho con el estado actual de cuidado de la vista, y vemos un futuro cercano donde las tecnologías móviles y auto-diagnósticos crearán un cambio verdadero, con lo que la luz y la posibilidad de ojos en todas partes. A EyeNetra, estamos comprometidos a hacer que el futuro real. "

 

Co-fundador de EyeNetra, Vitor Pamplona, no es un doctor o un oculista. Pero parece como si él está dispuesto a romper el mercado de atención oftalmológica mundial $ 75,000,000,000.

 

Cualquier persona puede utilizar el dispositivo con clip refractor de EyeNetra.¿Esto elimina la necesidad de un médico? Pamplona no lo cree así. Él explica a la revista Technology Review del MIT,

"Estamos cambiando la medicina, proporcionando al usuario el derecho a medirse. Vemos médicos como más de un entrenador."


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Ignacio Fernández Alberti's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:20 AM

Si, es fenomenal el producto de Netra... 

 

en mi opinión, a EyeNetra le veo una buena aplicación en estos casos en los que el diagnostico médico adecuado no es posible... zonas desfavorecidas, marginales, de geografía complicada, lejanas a un especialista, etc

 

pero si hablamos ya de hacer un uso generalizado... pienso que está bien como orientación, pero creo que siempre que se pueda... al especialista, a que nos haga el correcto diagnostico, que por muy estupendos que sean los dispositivos, nosotros nunca vamos a ser médicos! 

 

Este señor, Vitor Pamplona, es una persona con muy buen sentido comercial... pero quizás le falte algo de buen sentido, o sentido común, o comunitario, pero ya dice el articulo, no es doctor ni oculista... claro...

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Infographic: The Rise of Wearable Technology

Infographic: The Rise of Wearable Technology | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

From smartwatches to mobile heart monitors, wearable technology is changing our world as we know it.

 

According to the latest projections from ABI Research, the global market for wearable wireless devices in sports and healthcare will approach 170 million units by 2017.

 
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Donald Thomas's curator insight, September 22, 2013 2:33 PM

Do not let the cybermarch pass up the clinicians...

Amrit Chhetri's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:49 AM

          Wearable Tech is the latest Fashion Trend of 2013 and it is a king of all sorts of Fashions. The devices powered by wearable technology are Wearable Devices and functionally they can be categorize into nine sets as mentioned below : 1. Social Media Jeans 2.  Bluetooth Neckleces  3.  Rubby Slippers 4.  Sesame Rings 5.  Recon Jet 6.  SmartWatch 7.  Virtual Reality Goggles 8.  Wearable Camera 9.  Smart Hand-Bands and 10. Gesture Devices

Richard Platt's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:09 AM

Nice - check it out, good low down on wearables all in location

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Samsung adds RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal to smartwatch

Samsung adds RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal to smartwatch | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch will launch with 70 native apps — 12 of which were officially revealed by the company on launch. Of those 12, two are fitness apps RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. The two apps, which recently announced an integration with each other, will allow users to track fitness and nutrition, respectively, from their wrists.

 

RunKeeper is not a surprising choice, given that the developer has already been building a smartwatch version of its popular app for the Pebble smartwatch. Details about the new integration are sparse, but RunKeeper did make a post about it on its blog.

 

“Providing you the guidance you need–when you need it–is something we’re very passionate about here at RunKeeper, and is why we’re so excited to be part of the Galaxy Gear,” the company wrote. “The watch directly syncs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone, and displays your time, pace, and distance continuously on your wrist, as well as the content of RunKeeper audio cues. That means you can get a constant stream of the stats you care about, without having to fumble for your phone (or wear headphones, if you chose not to!).”

 

The MyFitnessPal app will allow users to monitor a daily summary of calories remaining, diet and exercise on the Galaxy Gear’s screen. It will also make use of the camera built into the watch’s strap, allowing users to log foods in their MyFitnessPal food diary by taking a picture of the barcode. Finally, the app will turn the Galaxy Gear into an activity tracker, using the device’s accelerometer to automatically update the exercise diary in the MyFitnessPal app.

 

Going by self-reported user numbers, RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal are two of the most popular fitness apps, with 22.5 million and 40 million users respectively.


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How brands are embracing big social data

How brands are embracing big social data | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

As Social Data Week approaches, we spoke to Erik Huddleston, CTO and EVP of Product at Dachis Group, a big data social analytics company that offers products to help brands harness ...


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El género y la etnia del periodista influyen en los artículos de salud que escribe

Un estudio estadounidense publicado en el avance online de abril de la revista Health and Education Research, en el que han participado los Institutos de Salud de Estados Unidos, ha demostrado que "el sexo y la raza o etnia de los periodistas juegan un papel importante en la elaboración de noticias de salud".

Así, las mujeres periodistas y los reporteros de minorías étnicas suelen utilizar "más variedad de fuentes" y están más de acuerdo con la afirmación de que "es importante el desarrollo de la alfabetización sanitaria y científica del público para influir en los comportamientos de salud pública" que los periodistas hombres de raza blanca. Las mujeres periodistas también son más propensas que los hombres a asegurar que "educar a las personas a tomar decisiones informadas y difundir información nueva y precisa son prioridades importantes".

 

Para los autores, los medios de comunicación desempeñan un papel fundamental en la difusión de información de salud, pero poco se sabe acerca de las características sociales de los periodistas de salud o el impacto que tienen en el proceso de elaboración de noticias. A su juicio, los educadores de la salud puede mejorar la cobertura de las historias "aprendiendo más acerca de las experiencias vitales de los periodistas de salud y desarrollando mejores relaciones de trabajo con ellos".

 

Utilizando datos de una encuesta nacional de periodistas científicos médicos y de salud, los investigadores realizaron un análisis de regresión logística multivariable para estudiar los vínculos entre el género, la edad y la raza / etnia de los encuestados, y las formas en que se utilizan las fuentes de noticias, otros recursos, prioridades en las noticias y los ángulos de la historia. 

 

 


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COM SALUD's curator insight, March 14, 2013 5:04 AM

Para muchos periodistas que nos dedicamos a la salud, la educación a la población en conductas saludables ha sido un objetivo que nos impulsó a la especialización. Con la llegada de la  Red y después de los medios sociales la posibilidad de influir en la salud de los pacientes es mayor, ya que son ellos los que, con las herramientas del conocimiento y el acceso a su alcance, pueden tomar las riendas de su propia salud. Es la salud 2.0 y el paciente empoderado, que han llegado para quedarse.

 

Este estudio nos recuerda a  los comunicadores y educadores en salud la importancia de adaptar el mensaje a nuestras audiencias, sean periodistas, blogueros, pacientes o profesionales de la salud. Las características personales del periodista influyen en los artículos que escribe, pero también el medio para el que trabaja (su audiencia, su plantilla, sus condiciones laborales, etc.). Por eso, la especialización en salud es clave para que esas historias lleguen y lo hagan con eficacia.

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How to Build the Perfect Tweet: an infographic guide

How to Build the Perfect Tweet: an infographic guide | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

A tweet only has 140 characters; with such a small amount of characters at your disposal, you need to make the most of each one.


The perfect tweet consists of three main parts: your message, a link and blank space. Here's what each section should include:

Message:

Call to action: Tell readers what you want them to do.Hashtags: Include one or two to increase your reach among people who don't follow you.Tone: Use your own voice, but in a professional way.Format: Use a mix of headlines, questions and statistics to drive clicks and retweets.

Link:

Shortened URLs: Bit.ly links earn the most retweets.

Blank space:

Leave room for at least 20 characters at the end of your tweet so retweeters can add comments. 

Check out the graphic for more information...


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Poster sur:    TOUT SUR FACEBOOK AVEC PHILIPPE TREBAUL SUR SCOOP.IT  TOUT SUR Pinterest AVEC PHILIPPE TREBAUL SUR SCOOP.IT  TOUS DE GOOGLE PLUS AVEC PHILIPPE TREBAUL SUR SCOOP.IT  Architecture et Urbanisme - Construction Grands Projets de Paris et IDF  REJOIGNEZ-NOUS ET SCOOP.IT Suivez-moi sur SCOOP.IT  MONSTER.FR AVEC PHILIPPE TREBAUL  OPTIMISEUR PRÉSENCE SUR SA LIÉ DANS LA VIA SCOOP.IT ET PHILIPPE TREBAUL  Personal Branding et réseaux professionnels  Philippe TREBAUL sur SCOOP.IT - @ TREBAULPhilippe - MAJORS DE LA FILIERE BTP - WWW. COPTOS.COM  Quel Grand Paris?  Référencement et d'optimisation RANKING  START-UP et Réseaux sociaux - RÉSEAUX START-UP ET SOCIAL - @ TREBAULPhilippe  START-UP ET PROFESSIONNELS Réseaux sociaux - démarrage et réseaux sociaux professionnels - @ TREBAULPhilippe  SOLUTIONS D'IMPRESSION TECHNOLOGIQUES  WEB POUR IMPRIMER AVEC Coptos - www.coptos.com - 01 41 17 40 40 - ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX   
Comment construire le Tweet Perfect ? Un guide d'infographie.

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"Un tweet a seulement 140 caractères, w vec une telle petite quantité de caractères à votre disposition, vous avez besoin pour tirer le meilleur de chacun.


Le tweet parfaite se compose de trois parties principales: Votre message, un lien et un espace vide. Voici ce que chaque section doit inclure:

Message:

  • Appel à l'action: Dites aux lecteurs ce que vous voulez qu'ils fassent.
  • Hashtags: Inclure un ou deux pour augmenter votre portée chez les personnes qui ne vous suivent.
  • Tonalité: Utilisez votre propre voix, mais d'une manière professionnelle.
  • Format: Utiliser un mélange de titres, des questions et des statistiques de conduire clics et retweets.

Lien:

  • URL raccourcie: Bit.ly liens gagner le plus de retweets.

Espace vide:

  • Laissez un espace d'au moins 20 caractères à la fin de votre tweet donc retweeters pouvez ajouter des commentaires.

Consultez le graphique pour plus d'informations "...



How to Build the Perfect Tweet: an infographic guide via @kanter http://sco.lt/...




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ugh..come a long way but always more to learn...space at end of tweet for added comments and RT's ....WOW
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Five phases of patient engagement

Five phases of patient engagement | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

In July of 2012, National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) convened a meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. The Consortium was created in early 2011 and has since developed into a diverse group of over 300 individuals and organizations, united in the common goal to use health IT to engage patients in their care. During the 2012 Consumer Engagement Summit, it became clear that something had changed in the way people were talking about patient engagement. In 2011, there had been a persistent question: “Why patient engagement?” By this past summer, the questions were: “How do we do it?” and “Where do we start?”

 

It was with that zeal and enthusiasm that NeHC, led by Board member and Senior Vice President for Policy at Healthwise Leslie Kelly Hall, embarked on an effort to help organizations identify that starting point and give them a finish line to strive toward. This year NeHC, with the participation and contribution of over 150 collaborators, pointed out the path to the finish line with the Patient Engagement Framework.

 

The Framework provides a guide for healthcare organizations to think about patient engagement using eHealth tools and resources.  It encompasses five phases of development to strengthen organizations’ patient engagement strategies:   Inform Me, Engage Me, Empower Me, Partner With Me, and Support My e-Community.  The characteristics of some of these phases include information and way finding, e-tools, patient-specific education, and the build-up to patient access to records, patient generated data, interoperable records, collaborative care, and community support.

 


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Jarek Kucia's curator insight, March 4, 2013 5:06 AM
"A blockbuster drug of the Century" was to the point! "E-Patient" report published by R.W. Johnsson Foundation could be suplementary lecture.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's comment, March 4, 2013 10:29 AM
Thanks for this. The framework could easily be applied to any nonprofit organization too.
rob halkes's comment, March 4, 2013 10:36 AM
Jarek Kucia, Thx for your comment, it would be nice though to see an url/link to your refered publicaiton of "A blogbuster..." Thx!
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La innovación en Comunicación y Salud

La innovación en Comunicación y Salud | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
    Bajo este mismo título ha tenido lugar el VIII Curso de Comunicación y Salud en el que diversos agentes del sector han dado a conocer su opinión, experiencia y visión sobre los nuevos...
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Apple launches dedicated ‘Apps for Healthcare Professionals’ collection

Apple launches dedicated ‘Apps for Healthcare Professionals’ collection | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

One of the updates to the Apple App Store recently is the inclusion of a specific collection entitled, “Apps for healthcare professionals”.

This collection can be found within the ‘Medical Category’.

 

It is a useful starting point for physicians with new mobile devices looking for relevant apps.

 

The collection is further subdivided into:Reference Apps, Medical Education Apps, EMR & Patient Monitoring Apps, Nursing Apps, Imaging Apps, Patient Education Apps andPersonal Care Apps.


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Dan Baxter's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:17 PM

Interesting that the approval or otherwise by regulatory bodies is not acknowledged

Sven Awege's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:34 AM

Pharma needs to wake up here. New players such as Apple and Android who have not traditionally been the key go-through platforms for us are now serious contenders.

We need to be on the boat, and help mould our future. Standing by and watching can not be a good thing. The journey is what it's about - learning on the way, changing direction when necessary, but understanding why. That knowledge can not be gained on the side-lines.

I can think of several scenarios where Pharma can be part of the scene as a partner/stakeholder! Can't you?

 

Ruth Eckenstein's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:33 PM

There are many new and exciting tools for the modern nursing education classroom and clinicals.  The students and today's nurse must have information at their finger tips. These tools allow the nurse to get information as needed and rapidly. 

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Mayo pilot adds Fitbit data to heart patient app | mobihealthnews

Mayo pilot adds Fitbit data to heart patient app | mobihealthnews | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
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Nueva lectura pendiente: "El periodismo biomédico en la era 2.0"

Nueva lectura pendiente: "El periodismo biomédico en la era 2.0" | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
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Sobre innovación y personas

Sobre innovación y personas | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
El mes pasado leímos en La Contra de La Vanguardia una entrevista sobre estrategias de innovación que no nos dejó indiferentes. En este caso, el protagonista de la conocida sección, un profesor de ...
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Mobile Health Around the Globe: Healthcare Technology in the 21st Century | HealthWorks Collective

Mobile Health Around the Globe: Healthcare Technology in the 21st Century | HealthWorks Collective | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
Is the cloud the cure for what ails you? It could be, if service providers and telehealth device manufacturers have anything to say about it.
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4 deft ways hospitals use social media | Healthcare IT News

4 deft ways hospitals use social media | Healthcare IT News | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

The Mayo Clinic ranks No. 1 for Twitter, with more than half a million followers. Cleveland Clinic is third on YouTube, with nearly 3 million views. And the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, ranks 30th on Flickr, with 115 Flickr photos.

Where do the paths of these three organizations cross?  Well, they’re ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, in a recent Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Hospitals for 2013 listing developed by a group called MHADegree.org.

Founded in 2007, MHADegree.org is funded by a range of colleges and universities with the goal of providing free information to students and healthcare professionals who want to get a master’s degree in health administration.

And these days, of course, a job in administration in almost any sector will invariably involve making some kind of information available to the public. And, one way or another, that means plugging into social media.

According to Bethanny Parker, editor of MHADegree.org and the social media list’s author, there’s no shortage of reasons why healthcare organizations should have a solid, ever-evolving social media strategy in place.

 

Awareness - According to Parker, one of the most important uses of social media is as a multi-faceted means of getting new, and perhaps critical, healthcare information out to the public.  “Perhaps a new test has been developed that can catch a certain cancer earlier,” she said.  The viral nature, so to speak, of social media can be a very effective means of disseminating information quickly, particularly when that information comes from a highly regarded medical source and can be of immediate use to patients.Connecting with customers -  Any business needs to maintain its reputation, and hospitals and other providers are no different. A recent study published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that “approximately 60 percent of Internet users report using the Internet to look for health information.” Put those two facts together and it becomes clear that hospitals that want to serve the public need to meet the public where they are, which increasingly means on the Internet.“Neutral” information - For Parker, one of the subtly valuable uses of social media involves “the way it can provide a way to connect with a healthcare provider without committing to an appointment.”  That is, it’s widely understood that some patients are reluctant, depending on the condition with which they’re struggling, to speak directly to a healthcare provider as the first step toward receiving treatment. With Facebook, for example, providers can offer information and guidance in “non-threatening” ways, with the ultimate goal of making prospective patients more comfortable when it comes to reaching out directly.Flash mobs - OK, the actual category for this use of social media might be dubbed “Unorthodox Outreach.” And while the chances are slim that flash mobs and other “new communications” are going to become a regular option in, say, the Mayo Clinic’s communication strategy, Parker pointed to a group called Tobacco Control Nigeria that recently used a flash mob to educate passers-by about the dangers of smoking. The point is, as everyone knows, social media options keep evolving, so you really never know how it might come in handy.

With that shifting landscape in mind, Parker said she’s seeing an uptick in the use of Pinterest by healthcare organizations and a drop in the use of Flickr.  Instagram, too, is growing.  So even as the terms “Like” and “Tweet” have become widely understood as part of the communications lexicon, it’s probably safe to assume that it won’t be long before new references emerge as new media evolve.


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Jérôme Buisson's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:51 AM

If hospitals rank high on social media, why can't pharma do the same?

Franklin Delano Williams's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:23 PM

....some good ideas for getting the findings from the Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership's Innovation Challenge out the the medical world and general public.

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Content Curation Guide for SEO

Content Curation Guide for SEO | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

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Bev Dantz's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:56 AM

Great description of what content curation is and why/how it works!

Ali Anani's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:58 AM
Self-explanatory guide- a very relevant work
John Thomas's curator insight, February 10, 6:53 AM

Content Curation Guide for SEO | 

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See The Tweets, Uploads, And Searches That Happen Every Second On The Web

Every Second on the Internet cleverly uses your screen real estate to make the sheer size of uploaded data make sense.


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The iPhone Killed My Creativity

The iPhone Killed My Creativity | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand - or any smartphone, really - our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored. And our creativity suffers.

 

Peter Toohey, author of Boredom: A Lively History, told the New York Times that boredom is the experience of "wanting to, but being unable to engage in satisfying activity." No wonder those of us with smartphones are able to avoid boredom so easily. We can always engage in some satisfying activity, no matter how trivial - snap a picture of our meal, play a quick game of Angry Birds, check-in on Foursquare or leave a tip. 

 

We may be helpless, despite knowing the deleterious effects of these devices. Consider that Apple's latestmarketing campaign perfectly captures the breadth of functions and fun the iPhone readily delivers to its millions of users. There is so much anyone can do with this magical device, so simply, so quickly, from any place, at any time. The problem is that this may not be a good thing. At least, not always.  


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¿Qué entendemos por Comunicación en Salud?

¿Qué entendemos por Comunicación en Salud? | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
  La semana pasada dedicamos un post-resumen a tratar y valorar algunos de los modelos "innovadores" en el ámbito de la comunicación en salud expuestos durante el VIII Curso en Comunicación y ...
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PatientsLikeMe Is Building A Self-Learning Healthcare System - Forbes

PatientsLikeMe Is Building A Self-Learning Healthcare System - Forbes | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

When we get sick, doctors capture all kinds of data about us in their office or at the hospital: bloodwork, scans, interviews, probes. Then there's a follow-up appointment to see how we're doing.


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Alex Butler's curator insight, March 1, 2013 9:59 AM

Nice to see Paul featured in this article, good read

Kevin Moran's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:36 PM

Driven by technology and quality we will all be receipents of better health care services.

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"Las medicinas curan o causan cualquier enfermedad"

"Las medicinas curan o causan cualquier enfermedad" | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
La Contra de La Vanguardia. Entrevistas de Ll. Amiguet, I. Sanchis y V. Amela
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Conocer al paciente en la red es esencial para implicar al profesional en el uso de las TIC

Conocer al paciente en la red es esencial para implicar al profesional en el uso de las TIC | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
  La Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería y Terapia Ocupacional (EUIT), adscrita a la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) es una de las primeras universidades de Ciencias de la Salud de Cat...
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COM SALUD's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:50 AM

La enfermería ha apostado decididamente por la salud 2.0. Cada vez más colegios de enfermería organizan jornadas en las que se enseña a utilizar las herramientas de los medios sociales para mejorar la consulta, y se comparten experiencias. También en Twitter se organizan encuentros y se anima a participar sobre los cuidados de enfermería en diferentes blogs, como ha sucedido con el hashtag #24p24h. 

 

Algunos blogs de enfermería son profesionales o reivindicativos y otros están centrados en recomendaciones prácticas, como El Blog de Rosa (que incluye videos) o son comunidades de aprendizaje (Tekuidamos). Es una grata noticia que ese movimiento haya llegado a las facultades y esperamos que suceda otro tanto con los médicos y los farmacéuticos.

Marisa Maiocchi's curator insight, March 3, 2013 12:23 AM

Sus pacientes ya usan Internet y la web 2.0 Por lo tanto, conocer qué uso le dan y algunas buenas páginas de salud para recomendarles es una tarea casi obligada para los profesionales de la salud.

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3 Reasons Why Social Media Can Actually Help the Young Generation in the Fight Against Obesity

3 Reasons Why Social Media Can Actually Help the Young Generation in the Fight Against Obesity | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it
The fight against obesity has gained quite a reputation in the past couple of years. Suddenly, we realized how our human race might become extinct due to unhealthy lifestyles.

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Meet a doctor who prescribes more apps than meds

Meet a doctor who prescribes more apps than meds | Comunicación y Salud | Scoop.it

Author of 'The Creative Destruction Of Medicine' Dr. Eric Topol (@EricTopol) points to a growing number of apps and devices, none of which he is paid for using or endorsing, that are capable of measuring vital signs and then transmitting that data to smartphones. Whether it’s your blood sugar levels, your heart rate or your sleep habits, Topol believes we should track our own conditions through our phones and use that data to see patterns and warning signs of illness.

 

Topol speaks of a not-so-distant future where human beings are digitized through sensors in the bloodstream. He explains, “By having a sensor in the blood, we can pick up all sorts of things, whether it's cells coming off an artery lining [indicating heart attack], whether it's the first cancer cell getting in the bloodstream, whether it's the immune system revving up for asthma or diabetes or you name it.  All these things, will be detected by sensors in the blood which will then talk to the phone.”

 

When describing medicine today, Topol says most doctors “fire into a black box, give someone medication, go home and pray."  He argues that instead, in the near future, everyone should have his or her DNA sequenced which would reveal what diseases or conditions an individual is prone to, and also what types of drugs will or will not be effective for that particular individual.  Topol is in full support of DNA sequencing, but there is some controversy regarding how effective DNA sequencing is when it comes to predicting illness.

 

Right now a full DNA sequencing costs about $2,500, but Topol expects that within the year, the cost will drop by more than half. It is his hope that DNA sequencing will soon be affordable for all.

 

Topol further predicts that finding a cure to ailments from cancer to heart disease depends on sharing our medical information. He insists that if we were serious about the war on cancer, every single person who had the disease would get his or her tumor genome sequenced, record treatment techniques and outcomes, and then make it all public knowledge.  This data combined has extraordinary potential.

 

His enthusiasm is infectious as he describes his vision for the near future, “If we started to bring all this information together, the acceleration of knowledge and the transformation of what we could do for the future of disease would be extraordinary."


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