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The role of Accredited Social Health Activists in effective health care delivery

The role of Accredited Social Health Activists in effective health care delivery | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Our findings imply that there should be more involvement of community in recruiting and discussing responsibilities of the Accredited Social Health Activists. This will enable ASHAs to effectively act as a bridge between the community and the formal healthcare services.

 

Strengthening the healthcare institutions, by better equipping health sub-centres and primary health centres for safe childbirth services, can enhance ASHAs’ contribution. This is because referrals from healthcare services to long distance hospitals act as a major deterrent for institutional deliveries. Also there should be more scope for discussion and feedback among the frontline health workers and the supervisory staff.'

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Catharina Hospital and Philips launch Dutch Social Media initiative

Catharina Hospital and Philips launch Dutch Social Media initiative | Doctor | Scoop.it

'For the first time in the Netherlands, the treatment of a patient with a heart rhythm disorder can be followed via social media. Sharing the experience of a real patient is part of a unique initiative organized by the Catharina Hospital (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Philips.

 

By following @hartpatientAd and @cardioloogLukas on Twitter, patient Ad Langendonk from Eindhoven and his cardiologist, Dr Lukas Dekker, can be followed for a month from January 10 onwards.'

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20 Hospitals with inspiring Social Media strategies

20 Hospitals with inspiring Social Media strategies | Doctor | Scoop.it

Hospitals and social media are a great mix, offering a wealth of opportunities for connecting with the community, patients, and even collaborating across health systems and between different hospitals.

 

Some medical groups are wary of the liability and privacy issues that social media may open up, but others have found ways to manage these concerns and enjoy the benefits of using social media.

 

This article identifies 20 inspiring ways hospitals are using social media, from crisis communication to customer service, and highlights what is good about each organisation's approach.

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Patient-matched technology increases surgical efficiency for hospitals

Patient-matched technology increases surgical efficiency for hospitals | Doctor | Scoop.it

Surgical accuracy, and, by extension, hospital efficiency, could be improved through the use of patient-matched technology, according to a study published in the January 2012 edition of The 

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Where's the manual for games for health?

Where's the manual for games for health? | Doctor | Scoop.it

“Where’s the manual for games for health? As a physician talking to a patient, what do I tell them to go play? Do I prescribe it, or does my nurse do it? I am a believer; I want to use this stuff. But how do you assure me those problems won’t exist?” asked

Dr Ravi Komatireddy at the recent “The Evolution of Gaming and its Effect on Prevention and Wellness” summit (#mhs11)

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Healthcare: as dangerous for patients as driving?

Healthcare: as dangerous for patients as driving? | Doctor | Scoop.it

'When searching in pubmed for the two mesh terms “patient safety” and “medical education” results in 8 hits. Some research articles and editorials. One quote with literature reference about the extend of the problem is:

 

"Our health care system today has an adverse event rate approximately equal to that of driving an automobile putting patients at a significant risk"

 

The trouble as stated in this excellent editorial in Academic Medicine is the culture in which most health care professional work. Unfortunately working in a health care setting is mostly not about preventing errors or finding solutions to errors as in other sorts of organizations such as with airliner pilots or the military. In those organizations errors are part of their work. They are all expected to be part of the solution to errors than part of the problem. We in health care should also be a part of the solution and put all efforts to achieve succes in fighting against and preventing errors.

 

Medical education should be the place to start with teaching about the subjects of patient safety.'

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6 health tech ideas in medicine in 2012

6 health tech ideas in medicine in 2012 | Doctor | Scoop.it

"In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps." Singularity University's executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. considers the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech.

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Older doctors can be more tech-savvy than many think

'The most experienced (read: oldest) physician in the office is often assumed to be the least tech-savvy. In reality, the opposite may be true.

 

Even though older physicians have been found to be the least likely to adopt an electronic medical record system, it's not because they're averse to technology, analysts say. It's likely that their experience may have taught them not to be so quick to cling to a new fad, or spend money on something that will make them less efficient. But if you offer them something they think will make them better doctors, they will use it enthusiastically.'

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‘Wild West’ of medical apps seeks Sheriff

‘Wild West’ of medical apps seeks Sheriff | Doctor | Scoop.it

'“This is the wild west,” says Bradley Thompson, a partner with Epstein Becker Green, and an expert on FDA regulations. “The thing that is so hard for the FDA to grapple with is there are just so many apps out there.”

 

According to Bakul Patel, a policy advisor with the FDA who is working on mobile app regulation policy, there are more than 15,000 medical apps available for download. Apple has taken an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to curating its App Store Medical section, lumping software that uses the iPhone’s camera to measure your heart rate next to medical imagery viewers like MIM’s product and astrological and baby naming apps.'

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How doctors can address patient obesity through Social Media

How doctors can address patient obesity through Social Media | Doctor | Scoop.it

Sarah Stein MD (@sarahsteinmd) observes:

 

"The majority of healthcare providers don't want to interact with patients about their weight," said Stein, citing a weight bias study done by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., that found 60% of doctors strongly dislike interacting with fat people.

 

As a result, people with obesity tend to present with more advanced disease because they avoid medical treatment. If you're going to go somewhere and someone's going to make you feel bad, no one's going to go there. If doctors can give patients some information that will help their psyche, shouldn't they do that?"

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mHealth: closing the gap between promise and adoption

mHealth: closing the gap between promise and adoption | Doctor | Scoop.it

Speakers at the recent mHealth Summit in Washington presented mobile tools as a way to improve preventive health care, reduce unnecessary physician visits, curb rising health care costs and empower patients.

 

As HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius remarked, "When we talk about mobile health, we are talking about taking the biggest technology breakthrough of our time and using it to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time." She added, "And, while we have a way to go, we can already imagine a remarkable future in which control over your health is always within hand's reach."

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'I haven’t used a stethoscope in 2 years'

'I haven’t used a stethoscope in 2 years' | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Eric Topol’s 2011 mHealth Summit keynote, titled “The Creative Destruction of Medicine” after his recently released book, focused on his belief that right now is medicine’s “kairos”, the Greek term for a supreme, opportune moment.

 

“We’re moving from the population level to the individual level” in health, he said. The digital world and the longstanding medical world cocoon are intersecting, creating an “extraordinary” convergence.'

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The use of Skype (or VoIP) for medical consultations

The use of Skype (or VoIP) for medical consultations | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Two weeks ago I attended a face-to-face consultation at my local hospital which in itself lasted no more than 5 minutes. For it, I had to take half a day off work (travel forth and back, time spent walking forth and back from the car park, waiting time etc) , spent £5 on petrol, and £4 on car parking fees. Not to mention, the time it took to make up the hours and of course the freezing cold weather. I’m sure many of you can relate to this.

 

As I was driving home, I realised that had my consultant just dropped me a 5 minutes call, it would have saved so much time and hassle saved costs for me and the NHS too (they wouldn’t need multiple waiting areas, staff, cleaners and parking spaces!), which would result in increased productivity, cost savings and convenience for both the NHS and patients.'

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Texas doctors lead open-notes movement

Texas doctors are at the vanguard of what U.S. researchers say is an inevitable revolution to make consultation notes and other records easily accessible to patients.

 

The idea, at odds with the decades-old attitude that medical records belong to doctors because they're the only ones trained to interpret them, is being tested in an ongoing national study that has already confirmed that patients want to read their notes but most doctors are still resistant.

 

"Many doctors aren't there yet, but this is going to happen, this can't be stopped," said Jan Walker, a nurse at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the study's lead author. "In today's more transparent society, patients want this - and it should be to everyone's benefit."

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Twitter use forecasted cholera outbreak

Twitter use forecasted cholera outbreak | Doctor | Scoop.it

'For the second time this month, a study shows the value of online tools and information--including social media--to healthcare professionals.

 

Researchers affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital determined that use of Twitter and Internet news uncovered a 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti two weeks earlier than health officials reported the epidemic, according to a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.'

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Getting Patients to take charge of their health

Getting Patients to take charge of their health | Doctor | Scoop.it

Patients who are more involved in their health care are less likely to smoke, be obese or go the emergency room than those who are less engaged.

 

Now doctors are trying to figure out the best way to get them involved.

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Next-gen mHealth apps may be the right prescription for EHR

Next-gen mHealth apps may be the right prescription for EHR | Doctor | Scoop.it

Reda Chouffani asks: 'what would be some of the functional capabilities that will make the most sense for physicians as well as justify the cost and investment in the next generation of mhealth apps and mobile health technologies?'

 

* Timeline view of the patient record

* Contextual functionality

* Connected content, social media integration

* Tag-like functionality

* Natural language processing (NLP)

 

[AS: some great summarising here - worth a read]

 

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Epocrates and M3 partner to create the world's largest physician research panel

Epocrates and M3 partner to create the world's largest physician research panel | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Epocrates, Inc. and M3 Inc. today announced a partnership to create the world's largest verified physician and healthcare provider panel. By combining their high-quality, opted-in physician panels, the companies can now offer a global market research sampling solution.

 

The Epocrates market research panel is comprised of verified U.S. physicians and other healthcare professionals who use the company's mobile clinical reference application, creating stronger engagement and higher responsiveness.

 

M3 Inc. operates globally with physician communities across the world including m3.com, MDLinx.com, Doctors.net.uk, Medquarter.de and Medigate.net. This enabled the development of a proprietary healthcare professional panel with international diversity and extensive reach. M3 is a founding member of the Trust Alliance, recently introduced to promote trust in online physician research.'

 

[AS: Benefiting those who observe HCP communities, or HCPs?]

 

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From the creators of Sermo: par8o

From the creators of Sermo: par8o | Doctor | Scoop.it

Daniel Palestrant (@dpalestrant) writes:

 

'The current healthcare crisis is a uniquely American challenge and ultimately will be solved with a uniquely American solution. The most simple of solutions has yet to be attempted.

 

Having built the largest physician community in the world, we’ve seen first-hand what is happening to our profession and understand what it is doing to our colleagues, and most importantly, our patients.

 

We believe healthcare is best managed by direct collaboration between patients and the physicians providing their care.'

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What is the best health information on the internet? Introducing the ‘I have’ project

What is the best health information on the internet? Introducing the ‘I have’ project | Doctor | Scoop.it

Andrew Spong (@andrewspong) writes:

 

'The average user searching for information on the Internet in not using Boolean operators or Google protocols to refine their searches.

 

They are using natural language declamations or questions which search engines then ‘translate‘ to produce results.

 

However, when we ask ‘what is the best health information available on the internet?’, we may not be posing the question we think we are.

 

What we are actually asking is: ‘what health information are we most likely to find on the internet?’

 

This is a regretable state of affairs, but one that needs to be acknowledged.

 

It is also one that needs to be rectified.'

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Physicians can't bury bad reviews, but they can maintain strong Social presences

Physicians can't bury bad reviews, but they can maintain strong Social presences | Doctor | Scoop.it

Kevin Pho, MD (@KevinMD) writes:

 

'How do you remove a negative online physician rating?

 

The short answer is, you can't.

 

But here's what you can do instead.'

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The fundamentals of doctor-patient communication

The fundamentals of doctor-patient communication | Doctor | Scoop.it

Mary Catherine Beach, MD reflects upon why doctor-patient communication matters, why patients need to be heard, and why doctors not only need to listen but must also convey to patients that they are hearing them.

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Doctor or patient? Who will drive mHealth?

Doctor or patient? Who will drive mHealth? | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Who’s more important to the advancement of mHealth – the physician or the patient?

 

To Krishnan Ganapathy, of the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation in India, the answer quite clearly is the physician – and he’s quite sure that all this new technology and all these new services won’t be accepted by people unless it’s all recommended by their physicians first.

 

But to Joseph Kvedar of Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health, the future of mHealth may lie with the patient.'

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How doctors die

How doctors die | Doctor | Scoop.it

Ken Murray, MD writes:

 

'It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little.

 

For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.'

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