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Social Media is here: Is your healthcare group prepared?

'What happens when someone at your hospital or medical practice makes a Facebook post that they saw a political figure or a celebrity in the operating room? And what happens when different departments want to use social media for work related purposes? How will you respond?'

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The listening tour: teaching, learning, and social media at academic hospitals

The listening tour: teaching, learning, and social media at academic hospitals | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Hillary Clinton came through my little Upstate NY town in 1999 to kick off a “listening tour” on her senate campaign in which she handily defeated challenger Rick Lazio. She demonstrated the power of starting by listening.

 

Academic hospitals can channel the same power to broaden their reach, and teach.'

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On Doctors helping Patients choose rather than forcing a choice

On Doctors helping Patients choose rather than forcing a choice | Doctor | Scoop.it

Doctors need to "do a much better job of helping people grapple with ultimate decisions by becoming part of an intimate conversation that respects the magnitude of the factors with which they are dealing."

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Blitter is a clinical search engine with content highlighted by clinicians who blog or tweet

Blitter is a clinical search engine with content highlighted by clinicians who blog or tweet | Doctor | Scoop.it

New from Jon Brassey (JRBTrip) and the TRIP Database (@TRIP_database) folk:

 

'Blitter is a clinical search engine with content highlighted by clinicians who blog or tweet.

 

If they think it's important enough to comment on, we consider it great content.'

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Toolkits for better healthcare

Toolkits for better healthcare | Doctor | Scoop.it

A hypertension toolkit, an osteoarthritis ‘empathy suit’ and an awareness campaign around cervical cancer were all among the winners at the 2008 Irish Healthcare Awards.

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Which one word describes the biggest challenge facing the Pharma industry?

Which one word describes the biggest challenge facing the Pharma industry? | Doctor | Scoop.it

Submissions included:

 

Affordability; Leadership; Credibility; Humanity; Ethics; Communication; Innovation; Change; Market Access; Personalisation; Trust; Ethics; Transparency; Patents; Evolution; Engagement; Innovation; Whistle-blowers; Patents; Trust; Talent; Innovation; Pipeline; Model; Evolution; Patient-power; Connectivity; Products; Realignment; Transparency; Perspective; Perspectives; Habit; Change; Genericisation; Patient-power; Being smaller; Faster; Investor satisfaction; Change; Humility; Promising; Government; Unproductivity; Soul; Consolidation; Adaptability; Technological challenges; Value; Heritage; Opportunity; Conventionality; Confusion; Diffuse; Adaptation; Customers; Brevity; Options; Competency; Trust; Transformation; Biosimilars; Adaptation; Re-invention; Approval; Value; Patients; Compliance; Fear.

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Shorten consent forms to enhance patient understanding

Shorten consent forms to enhance patient understanding | Doctor | Scoop.it

"Long, jargon-filled consent forms, not surprisingly, may result in patients not fully understanding their care, according to a Johns Hopkins University study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine."

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Is the iPad too big for medicine?

Is the iPad too big for medicine? | Doctor | Scoop.it
David Ahn, MD writes:

"My iPad does not fit in my white coat pocket, so I’ve tried small messenger bags in order to keep my hands free while wielding the tablet. Even then, the bag itself becomes an unnecessary burden around the hospital (and not to mention a questionable fashion choice for men).

While certain clinicians might be able to find specific use for their iPads (eg. EMR access through VPN, personal use during leisure time, outpatient integration in the office), many physicians won’t find enough justification for iPad use on-the-go in a hospital setting."
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Ministers call for the plug to be pulled on NHS e-records

Ministers call for the plug to be pulled on NHS e-records | Doctor | Scoop.it
"Ministers should consider pulling the plug on the central part of the NHS IT programme in England, MPs say.

The Public Accounts Committee said mounting problems with the electronic records system were making the £7bn project "unworkable".

The group said the scheme - aimed at reducing the use of paper files - was beset by delays and uncertainty.

If it was stopped, the remaining budget could then be spent on a better system, they said.

E-records are part of the overall £11.4bn IT programme."
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Smartphones as doctors: The app will see you now

Smartphones as doctors: The app will see you now | Doctor | Scoop.it
"Want to learn how to interpret an electrocardiogram? Track your calories and exercise? Monitor your blood pressure? Find the nearest emergency room?

Say it with me: There's an app for that."
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5 tips to improve your hospital’s social media presence

5 tips to improve your hospital’s social media presence | Doctor | Scoop.it
Here's a good one: Never stop listening.


Also:

1. You need executive approval
2. Create a social media center of excellence
3. Keep training
4. Never stop listening
5. Measure, socialize and adapt
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Hospital Social Media: a full-time job

Hospital Social Media: a full-time job | Doctor | Scoop.it
"A few months ago, I interviewed one of the nation's first full-time hospital social media specialists, Dana Lewis (@danamlewis), of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington.

Since then, after speaking with this social media pioneer and reporting on the emerging medical career of hospital social media, this relatively new role has continued to evolve and expand, as more hospitals hire social media specialists to help establish and manage their online presence in the patient community. Hospital social media specialists may work under a variety of titles, but there are a lot of similarities in their responsibilities and objectives."
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Simple things that make a difference to patient safety

Simple things that make a difference to patient safety | Doctor | Scoop.it
On the use of simple checklists to save lives and lessen complications
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Children's hospital turns to facebook for medication reminders

Children's hospital turns to facebook for medication reminders | Doctor | Scoop.it

'New software developed by a University of Iowa Children's Hospital physician and members of the hospital's information systems team will now allow the social media outlet to help young transplant patients keep up to date on their medications.'

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VA, Defense developing patient data-sharing system

VA, Defense developing patient data-sharing system | Doctor | Scoop.it

'Hospitals may pay companies to modify the open-source code likely to power a government-developed system, rather than buying commercial systems.'

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Letting Doctors Make the Tough Decisions

Letting Doctors Make the Tough Decisions | Doctor | Scoop.it

Doctors often defer to patients when it comes to tough medical choices. But a new study reveals that most patients prefer that their doctors make the big decisions regarding their medical care.

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NHS Direct to offer medical advice via facebook

NHS Direct to offer medical advice via facebook | Doctor | Scoop.it

'NHS Direct has revealed that it is aiming to offer confidential medical advice to patients via the social networking site facebook.

 

The proposals were revealed at the NHS Direct annual general meeting yesterday, with Alan Bentall, the chief information officer at NHS Direct, saying that offering patient confidential advice via facebook could be an option for the future.

 

He said: ‘We may decide that we want to offer an entry to our services via the social media channel and under those circumstances, similar to the way that we have with our use of third party websites for access to our health and symptom checkers, we would make sure that we held patient information and any advice given in a confidential way, under appropriately signed off terms and conditions.'

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Hospital tests wireless patient monitoring

'A U.S. hospital is testing a clinical warning system that uses wireless sensors to track the vital signs of at-risk patients and can inform nurses of a problem.

 

When fully operational, the system's wearable sensors will take blood oxygenation and heart-rate readings from at-risk patients once or twice a minute, transmitting the data to a base station, where computers will look for any signs of clinical deterioration and alert medical personnel.'

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Study reveals Physicians desire Pharma info on-the-go

Study reveals Physicians desire Pharma info on-the-go | Doctor | Scoop.it

"On Tuesday, July 26, 2011, Manhattan Research released a studythat demonstrates a strong desire from ePharma Physicians for access to prescription drug information and online promotion programs from their mobile devices.


Defined by the research group as those physicians who already utilize digital communication channels for corresponding with pharma reps and resources, ePharma Physicians make up 87 percent of the US physician population. The study reveals that 45 percent of this population, or approximately 40 percent of all US physicians, desire access to this information via their smartphones or iPads.


Physicians are already accessing pharma product information online two thirds of the time according to the research group. Furthermore, 52 percent of ePharma Physicians would like to be able to access this same information whether they are on-the-go by way of their smartphones or tablets, or at their desks through their PCs."

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Barcode technology for positive patient identification prior to transfusion

Barcode technology for positive patient identification prior to transfusion | Doctor | Scoop.it
"In today’s increasingly complex, highly demanding clinical environment, introducing a new technology is challenging under the best of circumstances. What if, right when roll-out is going well, an unrelated connectivity interruption leads nurses to conclude “this doesn’t work”?

You need to get your initiative back on track—especially when it relates to improving the safety of a critically important patient-care process. How do you meet your end-users’ needs, protect your hospital’s considerable investment, get the positive results leadership expects, and, most importantly, help improve patient safety and quality of care?"
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Mayo Clinic adds Spanish social media sites

Mayo Clinic adds Spanish social media sites | Doctor | Scoop.it
"Mayo Clinic has expanded it social media presence to include the Spanish language.

The Rochester, Minn.-based hospital system announced in July that it had launched Mayo Clinic en español, a Spanish Facebook page, and @ClinicaMayo, a Spanish-language Twitter feed, both designed to communicate more effectively with their Spanish-speaking patients and colleagues."
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Poll result: should doctors blog and tweet anonymously?

Poll result: should doctors blog and tweet anonymously? | Doctor | Scoop.it
78% of the respondents to Dr. Jen Gunter's (@drjengunter) poll (n=98) felt it was “acceptable for medical professionals to blog and tweet anonymously.”
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Social Media for hospitals: balance in a shifting landscape

Social Media for hospitals: balance in a shifting landscape | Doctor | Scoop.it
"What percent of hospitals in the U.S. are using social media to connect with patients and communities? Would you guess 80%? Maybe 50%? Or less than 25%?

Try 21%, as of June 2011. That’s the tally from Ed Bennett, who follows these things. So even today, just a fraction of the nearly 5,800 registered hospitals in the U.S. have taken advantage of the power of Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

For those of you who are lagging, two points: First, get on the stick. Because your competitors are, or will be. Soon. Social media is not only inevitable, it’s surging into every corner of our business like a communications tsunami. If you need proof, check out this recent hospital social media survey, which predicts a 400% increase in the use of digital media (social, video and mobile) by 2013."
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Local hospital uses social media to answer health questions

Local hospital uses social media to answer health questions | Doctor | Scoop.it
"For the second consecutive month Mercy Children's Hospital hosted a one hour discussion on its Facebook page to answer medical questions.

The focus of today's chat was pediatric eye care. Dr. Clair Schmidt, Director of Opthamology at Mercy Children's Hospital responded to the questions posted by parents on the hospital's Facebook page."
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NHS still delivering high-quality care

NHS still delivering high-quality care | Doctor | Scoop.it
"We need to be clear that patients currently have access to high-quality NHS care; care that has improved significantly over the past decade. The average NHS waiting time from referral to treatment for routine elective care is eight weeks – a significant improvement from 10 years ago, when it was not unusual for people to wait 18 months.

The CCP report rightly highlights that there are some areas of the country where financial pressures have led to an increase in waiting times as a result of demand growing faster than available funding. However, even in these areas, waiting times remain within the 18-week maximum."
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