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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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Great hospitals enable consumers to rip them into shreds

Great hospitals enable consumers to rip them into shreds | Doctor | Scoop.it

Phil Baumann (@healthissocial) writes:

 

'The best way hospitals can prove that they are “The Best” is to build platforms right on their front porch that connect and enable consumers to trade stories, kvetch, point out flaws, hash out their collective problems and… to praise quality care.'

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How secure are clinicians' mobile devices?

How secure are clinicians' mobile devices? | Doctor | Scoop.it

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee writes:

 

'Clinicians are so in love with their mobile devices that these gadgets may soon become the preferred computing devices in healthcare, eventually replacing desktops, cart-bound workstations, and other traditional hardware. But that love affair comes at a price.

 

Mobile devices pose several scary security issues that your IT team needs to deal with sooner rather than later. Many devices are lost or stolen. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA breach site, to date, of the 364 data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, the vast majority have involved lost or stolen laptops, flash drives, or other mobile gear, as well as lost or improper disposal of paper documents.

 

So, what's the right strategy to keep mobile devices secure?'

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Pain, anguish, money, and hope: Medscape's top 2011 articles

Pain, anguish, money, and hope: Medscape's top 2011 articles | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Physicians made a beeline to the articles they felt would be most helpful to their finances, their practices, and their endeavors to avoid lawsuits. Personal finance, malpractice, and tactics for how to make your medical practice successful – were the burning topics that garnered doctors’ interest.

 

We’ve compiled 2011’s Most Compelling Business of Medicine Articles. These are the top 5 most important articles in each of 3 categories, as determined by how many of our members read them. If you missed these crucial articles, check them out and see what your colleagues found so interesting.'

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How healthcare providers in India are adopting Social Media

How healthcare providers in India are adopting Social Media | Doctor | Scoop.it

Hospitals in India have started adopting social media as a tool to grow their business.

 

Super-specialty hospital chain Max Healthcare has 125 video uploads on its official YouTube channel which includes testimonials from patients and the channel targets mainly international patients. It also makes proper use of hash-tags in Twitter and has been using the medium for giving valuable information about healthcare and for promoting its services.

 

The Apollo Hospitals facebook account has 37,651 Fans with whom it engages regularly.

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Preparing and implementing a healthcare professional's online presence

Preparing and implementing a healthcare professional's online presence | Doctor | Scoop.it

Howard J. Luks, MD (@hjluks) writes:

 

'The rapid dissemination and pace of our digitally connected world extends to our patients. Many are online–and most are looking for information about you.

 

The time is now to consider how a digital presence can assist you in assuring your practices viability and relevance as the healthcare landscape matures and adapts to the changes that digital media offers.'

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SickKids & social media: Interview with Janice Nicholson

SickKids & social media: Interview with Janice Nicholson | Doctor | Scoop.it

[Ashley Weinhandl, Marketing Coordinator with the Ontario Hospital Association:] 'What one piece of advice would you give other institutions for community building?

 

[Janice Nicholson, Senior Manager of Strategic Communications at The Hospital for Sick Children:]
Get involved with social media as fast as you can because if you’re not there they will still be talking about you. Being there allows you to know what is being said so you can respond accordingly.

Since it’s free, it is a great tool for not-for-profit and publicly funded institutions. The important thing to remember is that you are entering a channel that moves at a crazy speed and you need to be extremely responsive. So while it is free to use, it requires resources and an investment of time and strategy. There are resources required and you have to take it seriously and have a plan.'

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SampleMD distributes co-pay coupons, patient education at the time of ePrescribing

SampleMD distributes co-pay coupons, patient education at the time of ePrescribing | Doctor | Scoop.it

'SampleMD allows more than 250,000 doctors and healthcare providers to electronically add and distribute a savings eVoucher, co-pay coupon or other patient education right at the time of ePrescribing.

 

SampleMD also provides a way for pharmaceutical companies to manage and reach more patients needing assistance in starting or staying on their prescribed therapies.'

 

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Cancer doctors still not great with patients' pain

Cancer doctors still not great with patients' pain | Doctor | Scoop.it

"Patients need to know that there is such a thing as pain medicine and palliative care specialists. These are recognized specialities that you get board certification in. Patients can ask for consults. That is the best advice I can give them."

 

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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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Which social media platform do healthcare professionals spend most time on?

Which social media platform do healthcare professionals spend most time on? | Doctor | Scoop.it

A recent poll from Ragan Communications produced some surprising results.

 

Shared by Bertalan Meskó, MD (@Berci).

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Online professional networks for physicians: risk management

Online professional networks for physicians: risk management | Doctor | Scoop.it

Howard J. Luks (@hjluks) et al write:

 

'Educating surgeons about the pros and cons of participating in professional networking platforms is helping them more astutely manage risks and optimize benefits.

 

This evolving online environment of professional interaction is one of few precedents, but the application of risk management strategies that physicians use in daily practice carries over into the online community. This participation should foster ongoing dialogue as new guidelines emerge. This will allow today’s orthopaedic surgeon to feel more comfortable with online professional networks and better understand how to make an informed decision regarding their proper use.'

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3D printer makes bone-like material

3D printer makes bone-like material | Doctor | Scoop.it

'It looks like bone. It feels like bone. For the most part, it acts like bone.

 

And it came off an inkjet printer.

 

Washington State University researchers have used a 3D printer to create a bone-like material and structure that can be used in orthopedic procedures, dental work, and to deliver medicine for treating osteoporosis. Paired with actual bone, it acts as a scaffold for new bone to grow on and ultimately dissolves with no apparent ill effects.'

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A social media background is an asset in medicine

A social media background is an asset in medicine | Doctor | Scoop.it

Allison A. Greco writes:

 

'I can’t honestly say that my very first social media profile was created with the goal of career enhancement in mind. However, at this point in my education, I feel as though my background in social media is more of an asset – regardless of where in medicine I end up – than a liability, and I am thus proud to say that I will not be deleting or hiding any of my profiles as I advance to the next stage of medical education. My sites and profiles may undergo a few face-lifts as I conform to the social media policies of whichever institutions I become affiliated with, but I am officially here to stay.'

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Hospital social media can give credible sources to patients

Hospital social media can give credible sources to patients | Doctor | Scoop.it

Hospital social media efforts can direct patients to credible sources and helpful chat rooms, Facebook pages or YouTube channels.

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7 Features of the New Generation of Physicians

7 Features of the New Generation of Physicians | Doctor | Scoop.it

Dr. Bertalan Meskó (@Berci) writes:

 

For the last 4 years, I’ve been teaching medical and public health students about the use of social media and generally digital technologies in medicine and healthcare and I got a good picture of what kind of medical professionals they would become soon. They represent the new generation of physicians.

 

Here are my points and observations:

 

1. They are technophile.

2. They love gadgets and devices.

3. They use the technology for non-professional purposes.

4. They like balance.

5. They live on the internet.

6. They are mobile.

7. They are the future.

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New service brings power of genomics to patient care

New service brings power of genomics to patient care | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Physicians can now take advantage of a new genetics test — one of the first of its kind to be offered in the United States — that can help determine the best treatment for cancer patients.

 

Genomics and Pathology Services at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (GPS@WUSTL) is now offering a test for mutations in 28 genes associated with cancer. The genes in the test affect a variety of different types of tumors, including blood, lymph, lung, brain, bladder, kidney, skin, stomach, prostate and breast cancers.

 

Identifying specific mutations in these genes can help doctors decide which treatments are most likely to benefit individual patients, which is the goal of genomic (or personalized) medicine.'

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Epocrates launches physician App Directory recommending 'most useful' medical apps

Epocrates launches physician App Directory recommending 'most useful' medical apps | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Dr. Jacob Varghese, a family practitioner at the North Fulton Primary Care practice group in Alpharetta, GA, has become increasingly selective about what apps he downloads for use in his clinical practice. “The first time I got my iPhone, I looked around on the medical section of the App Store, found all sorts of apps that sounded good – and I downloaded a lot of them to try them out.

 

Over time, I realized that I didn’t actually use a lot of those apps. They were just taking up space, and eventually I ended up deleting them. Now I rely on recommendations from colleagues about the apps that are most useful, and I also rely on recommendations from trusted sources like the Epocrates App Directory that points me to other reliable, relevant medical apps.”'

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Assessments of patient outcomes crucial for rheumatologists

Assessments of patient outcomes crucial for rheumatologists | Doctor | Scoop.it

Assessment of patient outcomes is important as it enables physicians and researchers to evaluate the success or failure of diagnostics and treatments given to patients.

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