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Nancy Gertrudiz's insight:
El reto "nueva tecnología emerge rapidamente por lo que se requiere validar como favorece verdaderamente a individuos y personas, mejora los impactos en salud y disminuye los costos"
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According to new research from the University of Sydney, micro-blog-based services such as Twitter could be a promising medium to spread important information about public health.
The research, by Professor Robert Steeleand PhD candidate Dan Dumbrell, indicates social media networks such as Twitter have distinct and potentially powerful characteristics that distinguish them from traditional online methods of public health information dissemination, such as search engines. This research is part of Professor Steele's broader investigations on the impacts of emerging technologies on health and health care.
"Using new communications technologies to allow people to directly receive relevant and up-to-the-minute public health information could benefit the health of millions and change the paradigm of public health information dissemination," says Professor Steele, Head of Discipline and Chair of Health Informatics at the University's Faculty of Health Sciences.
"Twitter has a powerful characteristic in that that it is members of the public who distribute public health information by forwarding messages from public health organisations to their followers."
According to Professor Steele, this provides a new way for public health organisations to both engage more directly with the public and leverage individuals' networks of followers, which have 'self-organised' by topic of interest. Major social networks currently have hundreds of millions of users and continue to grow rapidly.
While most public health information is sought through online search engines, it has previously been found that relevant public health documents are not always successfully located and disseminated due to the user's search methods.
Important public health information that may benefit from micro-blogs could include communicable disease outbreaks, information about natural disasters, promotion of new treatments and clinical trials, and dietary and nutrition advice.
"When you look for information on a search engine, algorithms and computers determine the most important results. With social media networks, you have a 'push' mechanism, where interested individuals are directly alerted to public health information. You also have a prodigious network of users whose time and effort to find and follow relevant accounts, and to filter which information is forwarded or retweeted represents a powerful aggregate human work effort."
The researchers examined a sample of more than 4,700 tweets from 114 Australian government, non-profit and for-profit health-related organisations. Each of the tweets was categorised according to the health condition mentioned, the type of information provided, whether a hyperlink was included, and whether there were any replies or retweets.
Non-profit organisations made up almost two-thirds of the group, and had a much higher average following than their for-profit counterparts. The majority of tweets in the sample, 59 percent, were non condition-specific, followed by tweets about mental health, cancer and lifestyle (fitness and nutrition).
"Most major health conditions were present in the twittersphere, but we were somewhat surprised by the proportions," says Professor Steele.
"Four of the government's National Health Priority Areas were underrepresented in our sample, including asthma, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, injury prevention and control, and obesity. These conditions only made up 1.7 percent of health-related tweets."
For-profit organisation tweets were dominant in the maternity, pharmaceutical and dental areas, most likely because of their potential as a source of commercialisation or potential profit.
However, despite having the largest average number of tweets, for-profit organisations also had the lowest number of average followers, indicating consumers were more likely to reject sites they considered promotional or sales-based.
Non-profit Twitter accounts provided the majority of tweets in the sample, with a large number of fundraising and awareness-raising tweets.
However, despite having a far lower average number of tweets, government accounts were found to be the most successful at disseminating public health information, with the greatest number of average followers and re-tweets.
There were also a number of common characteristics to highly re-tweeted public health advice tweets. Actionable tweets, which provided readers with information to act upon in relation to their health, were highly successful, along with time relevance and relation to particular events, a personally directed style of language and rhetorical questions.
Interestingly, perceived acuteness of health risk and need for others to be informed also drove information dissemination.
"The real-time insight Twitter gives us into exactly how consumers react to and spread public health information is unprecedented," says Professor Steele.
"With further research, it's likely Twitter will change how we disseminate public health information online. In addition, our ability to analyse pathways, reach, and the identity of information recipients could provide new possibilities for analytical techniques and software tools to further improve public health information dissemination.
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Nancy Gertrudiz's insight:
"The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. It will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime."
Technology has improved our lives in many ways but one area that we are only just starting to scratch the surface of and where there is perhaps the biggest potential in the coming years is healthcare.
Ageing populations in developed countries, rapid population growth in the developing world and issues such as rising obesity rates mean the burden on healthcare systems worldwide will continue to push them to breaking point if it is not addressed. Among the EU member states public health spend has risen from an average of 5.9% of GDP in 1990 to 7.2% in 2010 and that's expected to hit 8.5% in 2060. Especially in these times of economic austerity that kind of growth isn't sustainable.
The potential for technology to ease this burden and both improve healthcare for patients and boost the efficiency of doctors and nurses is huge. Anecdotal evidence shows IT adoption in healthcare lags a decade behind virtually every other sector so there is a lot of catching up to do.
But the market for these technologies is growing. Spend on global telemedicine has grown from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011 and is forecast to rise to $23 billion by 2015, according to a BCC Research study.
And, as seen by the gadgets at the CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month, there is rapid growth in health and fitness related mobile applications, devices and sensors - everything from wristbands that monitor activity levels and calories burned to heart and diabetes monitors that can report back to your doctor.
Mobile and so-called 'm-health' has a huge role to play in delivering these often life-saving benefits. Here at EE a report we commissioned by Arthur D Little on the benefits of 4G found an example of a hospital in Germany using a 4G-enabled ambulance to send live high resolution CT scans of stroke patients to specialists on route to the hospital, resulting in a 54% reduction in alarm to therapy times during the trial.
The European Commission has just issued its eHealth Action Plan, outlining goals to support the adoption of better technology-enabled healthcare across the EU by 2020 and Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "Europe's healthcare systems aren't yet broken, but the cracks are beginning to show. It's time to give this 20th Century model a health check. The new European eHealth Action Plan sets out how we can bring digital benefits to healthcare, and lift the barriers to smarter, safer, patient-centred health services."
Much of the work outlined in that action plan will focus on reducing the interoperability and regulatory barriers to implementing ehealth services as well as addressing legal issues such as patient privacy around personal health data and records.
Technology will continue to augment our lives in many wonderful ways over the coming decades. It brings with it the potential for greater life expectancy and quality of life through better monitoring and earlier medical intervention, faster and more cost effective treatment and improved communications and management. If the right people make the right decisions, with the right direction and investment, the well-being of citizens in both the developed and developing world could be dramatically improved.