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Healthcare social media: Five tips for growing hospital blog traffic

Healthcare social media: Five tips for growing hospital blog traffic | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
It's not easy to create compelling healthcare social media content for hospital blogs. Read these five tips for growing traffic to hospital blogs.

 

The less-useful hospital blogs appear little more than an afterthought, marketing ploys with less-than-compelling content that are updated infrequently, attracting few readers and doing little to advance hospitals’ objectives.

 

To be clear, hospital blog posts that run into the millions of page views are rare and unlikely. But by setting your sights lower — say the thousands or tens of thousands — you can come up with a realistic plan for generating buzz around your hospital and traffic for its web properties. And the good news is that it gets easier over time

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New mHealth Application from QuantiaCare Extends the Influence of Physicians Over their Patients Needing Exercise | Nutrition.Diet News

New mHealth Application from QuantiaCare Extends the Influence of Physicians Over their Patients Needing Exercise | Nutrition.Diet News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Quantia has partnered with Diabetes Educator Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, to create an innovative mobile exercise application called DailyCoach™ on its QuantiaCare™ platform. DailyCoach, available on the iPhone, Android, smartphones, tablets and the Web, is a free app that provides coaching on simple and fun ways for patients to increase activity levels. The application was created in response to a 1,000-patient study, conducted with participating members on QuantiaCare, which found that half of the respondents felt that exercise and weight loss were the most difficult issues in managing diabetes.

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Apple iPad Health Care Check-in App Cuts Duplicate Data Entry - Health Care IT - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

EHR provider Drchrono has unveiled an application, called OnPatient, that allows people to check in to doctors' offices on the Apple iPad.
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How mHealth technology can enable meaningful use compliance | Africa Health IT News

How mHealth technology can enable meaningful use compliance | Africa Health IT News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Up to now, the buzz around mobile health (mHealth) technology seems to have been about its potential to make health care cheaper and more efficient while perhaps improving outcomes.


But potential doesn’t pay the bills. In a panel at the World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth, health care providers shared how mHealth technology is beginning to enable meaningful use compliance in their workflows.

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National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society

National eHealth Innovation Series with Health 2.0, to Kick Off with the New England Summit on October 27th at MA Medical Society | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The National eHealth Innovation Series is excited to announce its inaugural event, New England Summit, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Conference Center at the state-of-the-art headquarters of the Massachusetts Medical Society...
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ACP Hospitalist, August 2011 - Next-gen computers programmed to listen, advise and diagnose

ACP Hospitalist, August 2011 - Next-gen computers programmed to listen, advise and diagnose | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Will computers someday replace physicians as expert diagnosticians? According to some experts, the answer is yes—but that's not necessarily a bad thing for doctors.

 

“It may seem counterintuitive, but I envision these [computer] tools freeing us to spend more time with our patients,” said Herbert Chase, MD, professor of clinical medicine in biomedical informatics at Columbia University in New York City.

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Medical Smartphones [part of HCPLive]: A mobile health app for Windows Phone 7: TrackMyShots

Medical Smartphones [part of HCPLive]: A mobile health app for Windows Phone 7: TrackMyShots | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

We don't seem to be seeing many mobile health or medical apps for the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system. There are plenty of apps for iOS and Android. There are even medical apps for BlackBerry. For many years, I was a loyal Windows Mobile user. Now, I'm mainly using Android and iOS.

 

There's a new app called TrackMyShots. Developed by Linxter, Inc., a software development company in Cooper City, Florida, the app was created to help a family friend with multiple sclerosis, said company CEO and founder Jason Milgram.

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How innovation could transform health care | The Fifth Conference

How innovation could transform health care | The Fifth Conference | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Innovation is a wonderful phenomenon. It leads to all sorts of astonishing products and services like the internet and the tablet PC. As big an impact these innovations have on our lives, it is in health care that innovation is of existential importance. To be blunt, innovation in health care matters because most of us will have to face a miserable disease at some point in our lives; and all of us will have to face death. If we continue to innovate, then one day in the future people may not need to undergo the distress of cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s. Perhaps we even await a future where we transcend the limitations of our physical bodies—as imagined by science fiction authors like Peter F Hamilton and predicted by futurists such as Ray Kurzweil. Today, however, we have to make do with our present health care system—and its challenges and limitations.

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When a Doctor Isn't Enough

When a Doctor Isn't Enough | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Nurse navigators assist patients through the maze of cancer-treatment decisions and fears. Patient Judith Nakamura, of Albuquerque, gets help expediting an appointment to follow up on her cancer treatment.
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Will the adoption of the iPad help to transform the healthcare landscape?

Will the adoption of the iPad help to transform the healthcare landscape? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Marty Briggs, of Health Fusion has written an interesting article on the changing nature of healthcare that is being ushered in by the iPad.


He recounts a series of interactions with his own physician, one who had been hesitant to embrace the idea of Electronic Medical Records because he didn’t want a computer to get in the way of his dialog with the patient.

 

In his most recent visit Marty found his physician using an Ipad and questioned him about it. It turns out, that for his physician, and presumably for others it was a technology that allowed him to to maintain eye contact, keeping what he called the “all-important doctor patient bond intact”, while letting his fingers handle the charting.

 

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Ways That EMR Can Improve Patient Care

Ways That EMR Can Improve Patient Care | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Several advantages of EMR listed include:

 

Better medical security. Since data can be backed up and stored offsite, EMRs are less subject to potential physical damage, data loss and even forgery than paper records.

 

EMRs reduce patient wait times, as there’s no need to wait for charts to be pulled by a treating health care specialist.

 

Data stored in an EMR can be sent more easily than paper records. Digital records can be transferred faster in the case of emergencies, as well.

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Top IT priorities for healthcare | Healthcare IT News

Revenue cycle management, HIEs and Massachusetts are among the healthcare topics that every organization should have in mind for 2011 and beyond, according to HIMSS Analytics.

 

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Cartoon Shows A Common Misconception About The “E-Patient” - Better Health

Cartoon Shows A Common Misconception About The “E-Patient” - Better Health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
it’s a common misconception that “e-patient” = anyone who googles (or bings, or webmd’s, or…). Wrong. E-patients are empowered, engaged, educated etc – not mindless, and not likely to freak out at the first thing they read.

 

When you search for a restaurant or anything else, do you believe the first thing you read?

 

e-Patients.net colleague Susannah Fox pointed out last year (sorry, no link handy) that when “Doc Tom” Ferguson first spotted e-patients in the ’90s, they were conspicuous because engaged patients were almost always online, and online people were almost always empowered and engaged. Today, not so much: her data show that almost everyone is online, empowered or not, and most people routinely look for health-related information – over 60%, the last I heard.

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Wireless Body Area Networks: Driving mHealth By Delivering Value to Patients, Providers and Payers

Wireless Body Area Networks: Driving mHealth By Delivering Value to Patients, Providers and Payers | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs), or simply Body Area Networks (BANs), represent a tremendous emerging opportunity for mHealth and will be a great stimulant for entrepreneurship and sustainable business models in this nascent sector for at least the next decade. This is the first post in a series about the promise and opportunity of Body Area Networks and the innovations that will drive the emergence of this advanced segment of mHealth.

 

BANs, enabled by vast networks of non-invasive and unobtrusive wearable sensors and peripheral devices, are emerging to a marketplace finally mature enough to stimulate a vibrant consumer base. Consumer mobile technology is for the first time just as powerful if not more powerful than the mobile technology used in the enterprise.

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Wirelysis: Prayers for Japan and Learnings for everyone on the benefits of National Health IT Policies | Nrip Nihalani's Blog

In the time of national crisis, it would have certainly been helpful for Japan to have a robust Healthcare IT network in place. A collaborative one where it is easy to share data, which is securely backed up redundantly in multiple locations that would leverage geographical diversity as a means of countering nature’s unpredictability: Geographical Division Multiplexing if you please;


Wouldn’t any country ride out disasters better with health data sharing in place? This should be taken as a wakeup call as well as a learning lesson by all nations which haven’t yet devoted time and money to setting up Nationwide Health IT Infrastructures.

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Improving US Life Expectancy through EMR Technology | Dell

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are changing healthcare among both large and small service providers. Recent studies have demonstrated the effects of EHRs/EMRs on financial and human resources, as well as overall patient care.

 

We’ve pulled together an interesting view on the current healthcare delivery system trends and the potential impact these technologies can have on revolutionizing care by freeing up resources to focus more on patients.

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ACP Hospitalist, August 2011 - Tablet computers in the hospital

ACP Hospitalist, August 2011 - Tablet computers in the hospital | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

At the University of Chicago Medical Center, the internal medicine residents frequently felt torn between their two responsibilities: unceasing patient needs and ongoing educational training requirements.

 

It's a common dilemma. But educational leaders at the Chicago facility found a way to help boost resident efficiency: tablet computers. In the fall of 2010, residency program leaders purchased 115 iPads, one for every internal medicine resident.

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How social media has changed my medical practice

The unexpected consequence was how much social media has changed my medical practice, and me.

 

Last summer, I joined millions of others in the deluge of social media. I committed one year of effort to see if social would enhance or distract from my pediatric practice.

 

That was my goal, just one year.

 

At that time, I wanted to dip my foot in the pool, and see if it made any ripples. The unexpected consequence was how much social media has changed my medical practice, and me. Ripples have returned as tidal waves.

 

My practice has seen tangible, real valuable benefits. I have been intellectually challenged, and have professionally grown.

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Verizon launches innovation center for mobile apps | MobileHealthWatch

Verizon has announced the opening of an Application Innovation Center in San Francisco, joining a growing list of telecommunications companies offering a lab for mobile app developers to develop, refine and test their products.

 

Among the industries most affected by the mobile app explosion is healthcare. Estimates have placed the healthcare app market at more than 4,000 and growing – and it has attracted the attention of the Food and Drug Administration, which is seeking input on proposed guidelines to regulate certain apps.

 

Verizon, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., announced plans in 2009 to open a center in the Silicon Valley to collaborate with its LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. Construction was completed this summer, and the new center offers collaborative and private lab space, demonstration and seminar studios and office space for engineers and members of the company’s developer relations team.

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Ring! Time for Blood Test

Ring! Time for Blood Test | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Software added to basic cellphones helped people with diabetes significantly reduce a key measure of blood sugar over a year, according to one of the largest clinical studies of medical uses for mobile-phone technology.

 

Mobile medical technology is a rapidly growing field. The Food and Drug Administration last month outlined how it planned to regulate it by focusing on mobile applications that could present a risk to patients if they don't work as intended. The technology used in the diabetes study was developed by WellDoc, a Baltimore-based firm and was cleared for use last year by the FDA. Sanofi-Aventis has developed a mobile diabetes management system under FDA review. Other companies including Medtronic Inc. and Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan unit are also developing mobile diabetes-management systems

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Cumbria GPs invest in iPads

Cumbria GPs invest in iPads | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
A medical centre in Cumbria has invested in an iPad for each of its GPs and plans to give them access to its patient records via the devices.

 

St Paul’s Medical Centre in Carlisle has bought each of its 11 GPs iPads and has been working with MedHand to transfer written text books into electronic formats so they can be read on them.

GP-lead for the project, Dr Alan Edwards, said most GPs refer to the textbooks on a daily basis, and find it more convenient to use them on the Apple devices.

Access to the books and other decision-making tools does not require an internet connection, so the GPs can access them easily when they are making house calls.

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Nuance Healthcare Announces Dragon Medical Practice Edition to Accelerate EHR Adoption Amongst Physician Practices

Nuance Healthcare Announces Dragon Medical Practice Edition to Accelerate EHR Adoption Amongst Physician Practices | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Nuance Communications, Inc. today unveiled Dragon Medical Practice Edition, the latest addition to the Dragon Medical portfolio of medical speech recognition solutions. Dragon Medical solutions have been proven to support clinicians at healthcare organizations of all sizes in utilizing electronic health records (EHR) and accelerating Meaningful Use.

 

Like its predecessors, Dragon Medical Practice Edition will help clinicians and healthcare organizations to create medical notes directly into any EHR in real-time. With real-time, voice-driven clinical documentation clinicians are empowered to capture a more thorough patient story without sacrificing time. Dragon Medical Practice Edition yields a 15 percent improvement in accuracy over previous Dragon Medical releases and contains additional features that will be especially beneficial to physicians in small practices, which make up an estimated 40 percent of the total U.S. physician population.

 

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Digital diagnosis – The Future of Telemedicine

Digital diagnosis – The Future of Telemedicine | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Speaking to a doctor via a webcam might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it could be a reality sooner than you think. Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, has called for doctors to offer remote consultations to patients via video link within the next year. But is this a service people want from their family doctor?

 

In order to find out more, YouGov polled over 2,000 people and found that almost 29 per cent in the UK would like to see GPs start offering remote consultations via video link in the next decade. Less than a third may not sound like much, but if you take into account how many millions of appointments NHS doctors conduct each year, there is clearly a huge demand from patients for ‘virtual’ consultations. Experts have also suggested that telemedicine could generate savings of £1bn a year for the NHS and a massive reduction in the number of hospital admissions.
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The 5 steps for improving patient care | Government Health IT

The 5 steps for improving patient care | Government Health IT | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Patient care that is coordinated and effective demands a series of steps that start with putting the technical tools and practice procedures to work to enable the components of meaningful use and other milestones that will improve health care, according to Dr. John Blair, president of Taconic IPA, a large physician group in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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2011 Physician Survey on the Benefits on using an EMR System

2011 Physician Survey on the Benefits on using an EMR System | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
According to an August 3 report from Robert Tagalicod, the new director of CMS Office of e-Health Standards and Services nearly 77,000 eligible providers have registered for the Medicare Incentive Program. So far nearly 2,500 of those have successfully attested to meaningful use of EMR technology and have received incentive payments.


Additionally the report noted that over 77,000 providers have registered for the Incentive Program so far.

 

There is obvious progress being made in the roll-out of EMR technology, but what impact is this technology having on the quality of care? Are physicians benefiting from all the improvements that EMR software promises to deliver?

Read more: http://emrdailynews.com/2011/08/16/2011-physician-survey-on-the-benefits-on-using-an-emr-system/#ixzz1VOBL1mwX
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