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Research study tests if smartphones can diagnose depression

Research study tests if smartphones can diagnose depression | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Clinical depression is the kind of ailment that can sneak up on you, ruin your attitude, destroy motivation and lead to a multitude of other mental health issues. It can be managed if you're aware of it, but a lot of depression goes undiagnosed. It doesn't have to be that way--researchers think that smartphones could one day serve as an early-warning system by passively monitoring your behavior.

So far, only one study has explored the idea, but its results show enormous potential. Researchers recruited 40 volunteers from Cragistlist, tested them for depression using a standard demographics questionnaire and installed a test app on their phone that tracked their GPS location and phone usage data. Two weeks later, that data was compared to models to try and determine if there was a correlation user behavior and depression scores--and there were. Patients at risk for depression were not only more likely to spend time at home, but they used their phone more frequently, too. After adjusting for variables, the team figured it was able to detect depression with 87% accuracy. Not bad.

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Online Symptom Checkers Can't Replace The Real-Life Doc Just Yet

Online Symptom Checkers Can't Replace The Real-Life Doc Just Yet | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
More than a third of U.S. adults turn to the Internet for help diagnose their illnesses themselves. But how trustworthy are the results?
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Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
We've gleaned some links to great mLearning resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject.

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Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery

Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

Steven Keating, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab and a brain cancer survivor, was the subject of an article this week, presented as a super data cruncher of his own patient information.

 

 

The young scientist’s collection and analysis of his own data makes him an extraordinary exception today, but physicians and health care experts say he is a sprinter along a path others are walking — toward consumers taking a more active interest in gathering, studying and sharing their medical data. Better-informed patients, they say, are more likely to take better care of themselves, comply with prescription drug regimens and even detect early-warning signals of illness, as Mr. Keating did.

 


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Obama singled out personalized medicine as the future. But what exactly is that?

Everything you need to know about what Obama called the future of medicine in his Sate of the Union address.
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How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management

How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

The term “revolution” is applied a little too abundantly to technological innovations, isn’t it? It is however, noteworthy to observe how certain tech advances in mobility have quite unapologetically revolutionized the way people access information.

These advances are quickly gaining momentum in the patient health management sector, as mobile devices continue to penetrate the consumer market. A 2013 Forbes article pointed out how over 80% US citizens use cell phones on a daily basis, out of which about 50% are smartphone users.


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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 14, 9:34 PM

Part of the large appeal and value apps hold for physicians is the way they easily integrate into their daily to-dos: info is delivered as and when needed, after a few taps. - Not to mention what the technology does for patients.  - Most well-known medical apps provide a level of flexibility which makes them an ideal choice no matter what smartphone device physicians are using. 

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Two-thirds of Americans willing to share health data with researchers

Two-thirds of Americans willing to share health data with researchers | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

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Alex Butler's curator insight, November 25, 2014 1:14 PM

According to a new survey from Truven Health Analytics and NPR, 68 percent of American consumers are willing to share health information with researchers, but this group of people is more likely to be wealthy, well-educated, and young.


Truven surveyed 3,000 Americans via landlines, mobile phones, and the web, with the group filtered by generation, education level and income level. They asked questions about physician connectedness and data privacy.

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10 Ideas That Are About To Change Medicine Forever

10 Ideas That Are About To Change Medicine Forever | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

The future of medicine has arrived.

No, we're not talking about robot surgeons, implantable memory-augmentation devices, or doctors wearing Google Glass. The game-changing innovations on this list are more than distant dreams or inventions no one really knows what to with yet. Most should be available as early as 2015.

 

Every year, the Cleveland Clinic comes up with a list of new devices or treatments that are expected to help improve our daily lives and reduce our risks of developing disease. Only time will tell whether their considerable promise pans out.

 

Here are the top 10 new medications, treatments, and technologies to watch for in 2015, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


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Kim Kubiak's curator insight, November 6, 2014 11:24 AM

My favorites are #9 and #1.

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Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?

Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline? | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
“Brain training” games have become big business, but the research is still unclear about whether they improve your brain overall.

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, October 24, 2014 12:32 PM

I don't know about you, but I sure hope they help a little. They are too much fun to stop playing!

http://www.free-alzheimers-support.com

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How biosensors could put a smartphone at the center of 21st-century medical care

How biosensors could put a smartphone at the center of 21st-century medical care | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Biosensors are on the verge of changing the way we use our smartphones to investigate the world around us.

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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, September 24, 2014 10:08 AM

Wearables, biosensores, big data, ... Se avecinan tiempos de recogida de millones de datos. ¿Seremos capaces de interpretarlos en el contexto de la salud? ¿Y de traducirlos en una mejor atención sanitaria?

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How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement

How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Integrating data from mobile health applications and other sources with a patient's electronic health record (EHR) offers more data and greater patient engagement, but industry leaders encourage providers to carefully consider what--and how much--information to collect to ensure the information is useful to both providers and their patients.

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Dr. Kevin McGuinness's curator insight, October 9, 2014 10:18 AM

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The author makes a very important distinction about patient engagement here.  mHealth (including the EHR) and mbHealth cannot become a generic market place or a data dump.  Patient engagement is about the patient and the health practitioner.For patient engagement to be credible, mHealth and mbHealth must be outcome-vetted within that relationship. 

 

Customer engagement, on the other hand, is what happens between health practitioners or individuals and health product vendors. Customer engagement is about sales outcomes right now, not health outcomes.

 

"Patient engagement" is not a euphemism for "customer engagement."  Lets guard against that.

Keith McGuinness's curator insight, October 9, 2014 11:55 AM

Semantic note:


When physicians and EHR vendors use the phrase 'patient engagement' they are talking about increasing engagement between the the patient and the physician.  


When app developers uses the word 'engagement' (with or without the 'patient' suffix) they are, generally speaking, talking about increasing 'engagement' between a customer and an app.  


When an app developer and a physician talk, progress is slow because, with the rarest of exceptions, neither is fluent in the language of the other.    


Patient/customer engagement with mHealth apps in general and mbHealth apps in particular, is a dead-end without physician adoption.  And physician adoption of apps is a dead-end without a credible link between engagement and a specific health outcome.  


Vigisys's curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:21 AM

Une intéressante réflexion sur le bénéfice patient que peuvent apporter l'utilisation de dossiers médicaux numériques partagés. Et la constatation qu'il faut certainement se concentrer sur les données les plus "rentables" en termes de santé, plutôt que de sombrer dans la tentation d'obtenir le dossier le plus complet possible.

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Apple's iWatch & iPhone 6 event from physician perspective

Apple's iWatch & iPhone 6 event from physician perspective | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch event could have a significant impact on health tracking depending on the integration of the iWatch with Apple's Health app.

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Here’s how HoloLens could revolutionise education with augmented reality

Here’s how HoloLens could revolutionise education with augmented reality | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Microsoft’s ambitious HoloLens project has generated a huge amount of interest of late, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love the idea of viewing and interacting with 3D holograms brought to life right in front of your eyes? The applications for...
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The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Two new books tout the benefits of drawing for the brain—even for the unartistic.
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Survey: Few Providers Discuss Wearables, Mobile Apps With Patients

Survey: Few Providers Discuss Wearables, Mobile Apps With Patients | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Few health care providers are discussing wearable devices or mobile health applications with their patients, even though they believe the technology could be beneficial, according a MedPanel market survey of 415 providers, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 6/22).


Survey Findings


Researchers found that just 15% of providers report discussing wearable devices and mobile health apps with patients. However, providers participating in accountable care organizations were more than twice as likely to discuss such technology with their patients.
In addition, the survey found that providers believe some patients who are not using wearable devices or mobile health apps could benefit from the technology, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 6/22). Specifically, provider respondents said:


38% of patients who are not using a wearable device could benefit from such technology; and


42% of patients who are not using a mobile health app could benefit from such technology (Health IT Analytics, 6/22).


Further, the factors that providers listed as most important to mobile health were:Clinical utility of the data the devices produce; and
Ease of use.


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Paul Epping's curator insight, June 24, 1:27 AM

So amazing that "we" always seem to forget to include the end users when we develop new techthings for our health......

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One Doctor's Quest to Save the World With Data

One Doctor's Quest to Save the World With Data | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

IN RWANDA, PEOPLE have to deal with all kinds of threats to their health: malaria, HIV/AIDS, severe diarrhea. But in late 2012, Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, realized her country’s key health enemy was  something far more innocuous. 


The thing causing the most harm to her people, the leading risk factor for premature death and disability, was inside their own homes: Dirty indoor air, from cooking food over burning dung and vegetation in poorly ventilated huts. Within weeks, Binagwaho announced a program to distribute one million clean cookstoves to the poorest households in the young, mostly rural country.


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Most smartphone users tap into health features

Most smartphone users tap into health features | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
More than half of today's smartphone users, 62 percent, are using their devices to get health information, according to Pew Research Center's new report, "U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015." The report is based on surveys conducted by the center in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cellphone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.
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Roy Brown on Twitter

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Doctor Prescribed Apps May Soon Be the New Norm in British Healthcare

Doctor Prescribed Apps May Soon Be the New Norm in British Healthcare | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, soon British doctors might be “prescribing” more apps than medications. A new government strategy calls for a Natio

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Laurent FLOURET's curator insight, November 14, 2014 9:29 AM

"The best technology developers and chosen apps would be branded with the NHS logo."

Keith McGuinness's curator insight, November 14, 2014 8:12 PM

Until apps measure and report their effect on specific relevant health outcomes, the word "prescribe" must remain in quotation marks.  


A doctor does not prescribe a drug without trustworthy evidence of effectiveness.  Why is an app different from a drug in this respect?  Because apps are not a safety risk?  Effectiveness is still the objective; is it not?

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Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care

Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
DNAnexus is adding Regeneron Genetics Center to its group of partners. DNAnexus will convert 1,000 genomes a week into usable data in the cloud.

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Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations

Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations | Nursing Education | Scoop.it

mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.


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Facebook creating health apps

Facebook creating health apps | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
As the social network reportedly plots to enter the healthcare realm, it appears Facebook is creating wellness apps and social discussions around health.

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Vigisys's curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:18 AM

Qui n'a pas son "app" santé ? Après Google et Apple, même Facebook prépare des choses... Collecter, archiver, visualiser, OK. Mais que fait-on de ces données ? Comment passer de la donnée à l'action de santé ?

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Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work

Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work | Nursing Education | Scoop.it
Desktops are near universal in UK doctors' offices, and smartphones have also become a part of most physicians' jobs. More than 80% of doctors in the country now use a smartphone regularly for profession-related reasons while at work. Physicians in the UK have also jumped on the social media bandwagon, with almost two-thirds accessing sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube for professional purposes.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, October 10, 2014 1:48 AM

Mobile phones are a great digital communication platform for HCPs, opportunities on www.hcpmeetings.com.au

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Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work - http://flip.it/a5yE6