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A New Dimension of Health Care: Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication

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A New Dimension of Health Care: Systematic Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication

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'Social media can be used to provide a valuable and useful source of peer, social, and emotional support to individuals, including those with various conditions/illnesses [48,62,71]. Hwang and colleagues [62] reported that encouragement, motivation, and shared experience were important social support features of social media sites.

Social media allows users to generate peer-to-peer discussion in a way not enabled by traditional websites [48,50,62,71]. However, this may challenge expectations, relationships, quality, and consistent health care practice. As Moen et al [44] explain, current patterns of collaboration tend to produce an asymmetric patient-health care provider relationship.'

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Internet of Things infographic offers some clues on trends in healthcare

Internet of Things infographic offers some clues on trends in healthcare | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
A Stained Glass Labs infographic looks at the Internet of Things/Wearable Technology sector, and offers some clues on trends in healthcare.
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Sanofi launches a monster mobile diabetes game - PMLiVE

Sanofi launches a monster mobile diabetes game - PMLiVE | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
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RNAi firm raises $5M to develop and deliver drugs that turn off disease-causing genes - MedCity News

RNAi firm raises $5M to develop and deliver drugs that turn off disease-causing genes - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Healthcare investing in RNAi platforms seems to be on the rebound. Arcturus Therapeutics, developer of an RNAi drug delivery platform, has raised $5 million.
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Pharma eyes EHR for engaging with docs

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EHRs could be a vehicle for pharma to find its way into the physicians workflow. First, industry needs to learn how to leverage them appropriately.
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Less privacy but more effective treatment: What are trade-offs of personalized health movement? - MedCity News

Less privacy but more effective treatment: What are trade-offs of personalized health movement? - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Infographic calls attention to growth of personalized health trends to improve outcomes and cut healthcare costs and the patient data security issue posed by them.
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Wearables will soon analyze your body chemistry to make you healthier

Wearables will soon analyze your body chemistry to make you healthier | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it

A lot of the focus in wearable computing has been on delivering products that help everyday users monitor some of the more basic activity traits, such as steps taken and heart rate. While these are certainly useful metrics for health monitoring, they do not paint the full picture.

 

Computational biologists instead study the chemical changes that occur in people’s bodies with the help of optical sensors, non-invasive devices that use the red-to-near-infrared spectral region to assess the chemical changes that occur in the user’s blood vessels, among other places.

 

By leveraging this cutting-edge technology and wearable computing, we are equipped to understand the changes that occur in a person’s body at a whole new level. The implications of this change span from improved training of athletes to better management of chronic diseases and healthcare.

 

 Some interesting recent cases in research that show the potential for disruption include:

 

Researchers at the National Technical University of Athens have helped individuals self-manage diabetes by stimulating the function of an artificial pancreas with fully embedded wearable systems. A paper in the Journal of Biomechanics shows promising results for wearables in athletic training. Scientists mapped out the physiology of athletes’ ski-jumps in order to determine the biological constraints of each individual’s approach. By comparing data across 22 different skiiers, the scientists were able to determine that the wearable system was a very promising tool for training that captured information beyond the capacity of a traditional camera.Researchers at Texas A&M University are investigating the use of optical sensors to interact with dermally-implanted microparticle sensors. This technology could enable cost cutting and continuous blood chemistry monitoring.Optical sensors used to monitor both athletic performance and overall health by researchers at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The sophisticated sensors interpret user’s sweat particles in order to deduce what is going on at a biological level. One of the sensors measured pH levels of sweat particles in order to deduce dehydration while athletes were running. This is a huge stride for activity tracking because it represents real time monitoring of athletic performance and biological signals


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The next step for quantified and teleheath sensors

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Sue Gould's curator insight, October 10, 2013 10:43 PM

Wearable computers are here.  

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NHS: Everyone in UK with chronic condition to have a digital, personalized plan of care by 2015 - MedCity News

NHS: Everyone in UK with chronic condition to have a digital, personalized plan of care by 2015 - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom moves forward on its mandate for digital health and personalized medicine with a new guidance.

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WorldOne and Joslin Diabetes Center to Launch Diabetes HUB -- WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldOne and Joslin Diabetes Center to Launch Diabetes HUB. Foremost experts to unite on diabetes focused online community-based learning and collaboration microsite.
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Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine

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A look at how it works, applications, and advantages of nanomedicine.

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Johns Hopkins launches mHealth Evidence reference site | mobihealthnews

Johns Hopkins launches mHealth Evidence reference site | mobihealthnews | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
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Patients Want Access to Doctor Notes, Despite Privacy Concerns - iHealthBeat

Patients Want Access to Doctor Notes, Despite Privacy Concerns - iHealthBeat | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that patients' concerns about privacy did not deter them from accessing online physician notes.
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How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape

How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it

How sensors are having a major impact on innovation and the competitive landscape for the life sciences industry (medical devices, diagnostics and pharma)..

 

Smartphones, with their portable computing power, built in sensors and always-on internet connectivity are continuing on their path to ubiquity, with over 56% of the US adult population now having smartphones, and over 500,000 new smartphone users being added every month.   Sensor technology has continued to get cheaper, smaller and more sophisticated, with different types of sensors being combined to capture an increasing array of physiological measures.These sensors can be connected to smartphones via miniaturized, low energy via low energy wireless technologies such as low energy Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC).

 

As the world population ages and more

 

Continuous Monitoring

 

Lightweight, wireless enabled sensor networks connected via smartphones to cloud/server based storage and applications make it feasible to continuously monitor physiological measures.  This is enabling  “aging in place” for the world’s rapidly aging population, allowing more older adults and individuals with chronic conditions to remain in the home environment while they are remotely monitored for safety.

 

Early Detection and Prevention


Data from continuous real time monitoring can be analyzed to provide early detection or in some cases prediction of changes in health status.   This approach is being applied across a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, epilepsy, parkinsons disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.  

Extending Therapies from Clinical Settings to the Home

 

Sensors capturing movement data can be particularly useful for home-based rehabilitation, often leveraging both wearable and ambient sensors to provide augmented feedback. 

 

Improved Adherence

 

MedSnap’s Medical App To Improve Medication Safety for Patients

Medication and therapy regimens are only effective if patients adhere to them. Sensors can be applied to monitor adherence and provide inputs to systems designed to improve adherence through alerts, reminders, persuasive design and gamification techniques for patients, caregivers and therapists.

 

Management of Chronic Conditions


Wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to manage chronic conditions.

The number of wearable physiological sensors connected to smartphones are expected to grow significantly over the next 5 to 10 years.  As the healthcare industry faces increasing pressure to improve outcomes while lowering costs, the ability to combine data from these sensors with data from other systems to measure treatment effectiveness will become more important, not just in clinical trials, but in the context of managing population health.

 

Companies that are proactive in using sensor technology together with other techniques to create and demonstrate superior effectiveness will reap significant rewards in this environment.

 To see examples in each of the categories visit : http://www.hitconsultant.net/2013/09/11/how-sensors-are-transforming-the-life-sciences-industry-landscape/


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Mary Jo Gehrking's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:27 AM

Lightweight and wireless, wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to remotely manage chronic health conditions via cloud-based storage and applications. While this enables aging and chronically ill adults to to remain in their home environment, there also needs to be ongoing training and tech support for the users, which is often where the funationality of this concept fails.

Richard Platt's curator insight, February 2, 9:14 AM

Sensors - the eyes and ears of the WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) for healthcare applications, and there are so many others for many other applications

Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 7:40 PM

New sensor technology enables seniors to stay independent longer.

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Infographic: The Rise of Wearable Technology

Infographic: The Rise of Wearable Technology | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | 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 11:33 AM

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

Amrit Chhetri's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:49 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 6:09 AM

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

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6 Innovative Digital Health Products That Dominated CES 2013

6 Innovative Digital Health Products That Dominated CES 2013 | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it

A recap of the 6 innovative digital health products that dominated CES 2013 held in conjunction with the Digital Health Summit held in Las Vegas last week.


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Text Messages Are Saving Swedes From Cardiac Arrest

Text Messages Are Saving Swedes From Cardiac Arrest | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Sweden has found a faster way to treat people experiencing cardiac emergencies through a text message and a few thousand volunteers.
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Electronic Health Record Reduces ER Visits, Hospitalizations

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Use of an outpatient electronic health record at Kaiser Permanente Northern California was associated with significant decreases in emergency department visits and hospitalizations among patients with diabetes.

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Accessing online health records tied to more well-child visits - MedCity News

Accessing online health records tied to more well-child visits - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Babies were more likely to have all of their recommended well-child visits when parents accessed their health records online, in a new study.
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Interesting.Interaction with online health records and the data that is created as an predictor of health behaviours and appropriate interaction with health services (vaccinations in this case)

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Your doctor is going digital: What the rise of medtech means for you

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Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay Dr. Christian Assad-Kottner explains what this means for medicine.
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When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job | MIT

When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job | MIT | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it

At EyeNetra, the startup he cofounded, goofy curiosities like plastic eyeballs line the shelves, and a 3-D printing machine whirs in the background. It’s printing out prototypes of a device that will attach to your smartphone and, in a minute or two, tell you what kind of eyeglasses you need.

The device, called the Netra-G, is based on some clever optics and software Pamplona came up with—a way to measure the refractive error of the eye using a smartphone screen and an inexpensive pair of plastic binoculars. The whole setup might cost a few dollars to make. It does the job of a $5,000 instrument called an autorefractor.

 

More important, just about anyone could use it. That’s where the disruption comes in—and the trouble. Right now, only doctors or optometrists can prescribe glasses or contact lenses. Pamplona, a brash Brazilian programmer who arrived in the U.S. a few years ago, thinks that won’t always be the case. “We’re changing medicine by providing the user the right to measure themselves,” he says. “We see doctors as more of a coach.”


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Halona Joy's curator insight, September 13, 2013 10:50 PM

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Andrew N Levy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:36 PM

The first thing I notice is that the rest of the title has been cut off. The whole title should read, "When Smartphones Do a Doctor's Job...Better". What does that tell you about the state of physicians in this country when an app could potentially replace them? Can we really blame them when the Affordable Care Act will leave them getting reimbursed about as much as chiropractors get now? (i.e. not much)

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Developers building apps for Doximity's newly released API - MedCity News

Developers building apps for Doximity's newly released API - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Doximity, commonly referred to as a “Facebook-for-doctors,” has released an API and announced that more than 50 developer partners are building applications on it.
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Google Glass hits the healthcare bigtime: Philips + Accenture make patient data delivery proof of concept - MedCity News

Google Glass hits the healthcare bigtime: Philips + Accenture make patient data delivery proof of concept - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
The first big healthcare duo to announce it's innovating in the Google Glass space? Philips and Accenture created a patient data delivery proof of concept.
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Uses are only in simulations so far but these look promising....

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The Science Behind Using Online Communities To Change Behavior | TechCrunch

The Science Behind Using Online Communities To Change Behavior | TechCrunch | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
Is it just me, or is it impossible to talk to technology entrepreneurs without mentioning user engagement and behavior?
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Quintiles' study offers view of how pre-screening for personalized cancer treatments would work - MedCity News

Quintiles' study offers view of how pre-screening for personalized cancer treatments would work - MedCity News | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
A Quintiles study of colorectal cancer patients is evaluating an efficient way implement personalized medicine so doctors and patients can decide on the most effective treatment
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Mobile-enabled glucometer Dario cleared in Europe | mobihealthnews

Mobile-enabled glucometer Dario cleared in Europe | mobihealthnews | Health stats and digital health cornerstones | Scoop.it
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mHealth making tracking and monitoring easy

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Infographic: Are you ready for sensors in healthcare?

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From FitBit to Misfit, the market for wearable sensors is increasing dramatically - and not just for personal fitness and wellness.

 

New devices are being designed on an almost-weekly basis to help people manage chronic conditions, recover more quickly from injuries, analyze physical and environmental abnormalities that may lead to more serious health issues and detect unhealthy habits before they cause problems.

 

 

 


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RosG's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:49 AM

Are we inviting hypochondria or hopefully will use these sensors wisely?

Kel Mohror's comment, September 20, 2013 3:15 PM
Wearable sensor / body area nets are the best path to preventing chronic diseases. These nets incorporate activity tracking and estimating caloric burn during one's activities to guide us in warding-off gaining weight. Other apps enable more complete health data to be communicated to a provider for, in needed, more timely intervention to prevent hospital re-admissions or a health crisis.