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Health Risk Assessments Are A Powerful Component of Population Health Management

Health Risk Assessments Are A Powerful Component of Population Health Management | healthcare technology |
Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) are a powerful component of population health management strategies for healthcare organizations.
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HRA's are a valuable tool to assist physicians in keeping their patients in good health. Simple risk calculators for heart health, diabetes, occupational health have been around for a long time, and patients have slowly started warming to the idea of filling in questionaires over 10-15 minutes which help them make better sense of thir health.

The major components of a Good HRA are accuracy, detail . ability to assist patients and the quality of the final report and analysis it provides. When we built our Eucalyptus HRA Engine, we also understood the importance of repeat risk identification and added the concepts of information prescription into the HRA results.

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Sherri Altman's curator insight, September 15, 2014 9:53 PM

Curious how these metrics compare to the HRA we have deployed to our consumers.  As an organization we have decided to target key chronic conditions to help reduce costs. What other prevention programs could or should we be considering to assist our members?

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How to Attend a Medical Conference Without Actually Being There.

How to Attend a Medical Conference Without Actually Being There. | healthcare technology |

Because of the explosion in the use of social media at conferences, every attendee is potentially their own reporter. Attendees broadcast their thoughts on twitter with a hash tag followed by the name of the conference and the year.

Thus, last year I was able to follow Chest 2012 by simply following “#Chest2012” on twitter. Attendees use social media to discuss presentations in real time giving you clinical pearls, findings of the latest research in pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and thoracic medicine, and even post pictures of slides demonstrating important findings.

By simply following the twitter feed of a particular scientific conference, you can easily learn about the latest research, clinical pearls, even check out pictures of key slides during a presentation.

I have taken this approach to several meetings, even ones that may not necessarily be within my particular field.  For example, while it hasn’t been worthwhile for me to take the time and expense to attend Kidney Week or ASCO, or ACEP, I am interested to know what comes out of these conferences.

Following the tweets from those conferences gives me practical information diluted from a week of scientific sessions.

While these benefits are useful, there’s another significantly more tangible benefit that comes from using social media, particularly while at the conference itself: networking.

Over the past year I have been excited to have made connections through social media with many colleagues around the country. But making those connections through social media is only the first step.

Human beings are after all social creatures. Face to face connections are ultimately more productive and satisfying than anything that we can accomplish online. So at this year’s conference I will be looking to use twitter as a tool help me connect with my colleagues at Chest 2013.

By being active at the meeting and sharing my experiences through social media I’ll surely add to the community of professionals with which I interact.

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Social Media and Patient Advocacy

These are the slides from my talk at the 4th Annual Putting Patients First Conference in Mumbai.

If god were to manifest the world using technology, he would first create something like social media. Conceptually provide technology with the ability to understand the thoughts of a population

SocMed leaves behind the old model of 1-to-1 communication – “talking to someone over the phone”  Enables one-to-many communication (via blogs or microblogging) or many-to-many communication (discussion forums, social walls). Now anyone can setup an online community site/portal to represent a small or big offline community.

Further, anyone can setup an online site related to a treatment, a disease, a doctor, a drug , a concept or anything and see it grow into a popular site which in effect is simply the manifestation of a community which exists/ed but which no one ever knew of.

Marie Ennis-O'Connor's curator insight, November 17, 2013 7:09 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your slides - i am looking forward to reading them. 

PatientView's curator insight, November 28, 2013 8:19 AM

We have figures on the scale of soical media intreaction by patient advocates. In countries where the impact of the finanical crisis is at its worst, patient advocates have turned to social media to interact with one another and raise awareness  of the predicaments of their country's healthcare system to place pressure on government when undertaking reforms. 

Plaza Dental Group's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:53 AM

Great info! I think SocMed  will boost the thought of population and will effect change in local communities. 

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72% of Consumers Are Willing To See A Doctor Via Telehealth Video Conferencing

72% of Consumers Are Willing To See A Doctor Via Telehealth Video Conferencing | healthcare technology |

72% of consumers across the eight countries are willing to see a doctor via telehealth video conferencing for non-urgent appointments, according to Intel survey.

The study, “Intel Healthcare Innovation Barometer” was conducted across eight countries by Penn Schoen Berland in Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the United States from July 28 to Aug. 15, 2013 among a representative sample of 12,000 adults ages 18 and older.

The findings concludes that most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are open to sharing healthcare information for the greater good and receptive to using sensors for personalized care.

As the technology of remote patient monitoring solutions and mobile health applications improve, consumers now have the ability to connect with their providers in a variety of ways to embrace new behaviors

Other key findings of the Intel Healthcare Innovation Barometer include:

Improving Personal Care and Self-Monitoring with Technology

  • Sixty-six percent of people say they would prefer a personalized healthcare regimen designed specifically for them based on their genetic profile or biology.
  • Fifty-three percent of people say they would trust a test they personally administered as much or more than if performed by a doctor.

Sharing Anonymous Digital Health Records for the Common Good

  • People are more willing to anonymously share their health records or genetic information than their banking information or phone records.
  • More than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents over the age of 55 would be willing to anonymously share results of lab tests or health monitoring to contribute to research databases compared with 64 percent of millennials.
  • India is the country most willing to share healthcare information to aid innovation.

Emerging Technology Tools for Increased In-Home Health Management

  • Half of those surveyed would trust a diagnosis delivered via video conference from their doctor.
  • Seventy-two percent are receptive to communication technologies that allow them to remotely connect to their doctor.
  • The innovation least likely to be incorporated by the global population is a robot performing surgery.
  • Almost half of respondents (43 percent) globally would trust themselves to monitor their own blood pressure and other basic vitals.

Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:16 AM

We have seen this in sci-fi for years, and now it's coming true. Are you in? Would this be something YOU would go along with?

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Online Profile Management for Oncologists

An understanding of Online Profile Management for Oncologists, with an Indian perspective. 

Covers Digitally Aware Patients and Social Networks, The Need for Online Profile Management, an understanding of Local Reputation vs Global Reputation, Tips for How to do it while avoiding the traps and describing techniques for Maximizing Online Exposure for Oncologists 

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Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media

Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media | healthcare technology |

Can Twitter be mined for information on food poisoning outbreaks? One Google data scientist thinks so. Adam Sadilek led a team at the University of Rochester that developed Nemesis , a machine learning system which asks "which restaurants should you avoid today?"

Using a set of keywords, Nemesis mines Twitter for geolocated posts that could be indicative of foodborne illness. In tests, tweets from New York were datamined and had metadata added indicating restaurants within 25 meters that were open at the time the user tweeted. A team of humans recruited via Mechanical Turk then came up with 27 words and phrases indicating food poisoning--things like "My tummy hurts," "stomachache," "throw up," "Mylanta," and "Pepto-Bismol." Nemesis then assigned health scores to the nearby restaurants based on the proportion of food poisoning-inferring tweets.

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