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Internet access is a vital healthcare tool

Internet access is a vital healthcare tool | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it

Achieving greater Internet access in developing countries can save lives, transform communities and revolutionize the quality and provision of healthcare for hundreds of millions of people today. Not only should connectivity be part of the global development agenda, it must be recognized as a vital enabler of the entire agenda.


There are several important reasons for this.

 

First, better tools for diagnosis and communications can lead to differences in health outcomes. - mobile phones can be the difference between life and death. One group of students at Stanford, through our Liberation Technology course, recently produced a mobile app to improve clean water delivery in a large slum in Kenya, allowing users of the app to locate the cheapest prices for water in their community, comment on quality and identify sources of water that make people ill. Another app for community workers targets cholera treatment in areas without any physicians. While many of us in the developed world use our mobile phones for triviality, in developing countries they can be the first line of defense in a public health emergency. 



Second, the Internet has a vital role to play in supporting the broader socioeconomic changes in developing countries necessary to improve quality of life. Disease, malnutrition and poor health are products of poverty, and countries that struggle with these challenges need jobs and growth as much as they need the right drugs and treatments. .

 

Third, the Internet provides an amazing opportunity today to spread greater knowledge that can help save lives and transform approaches to global health. On the simplest level, the Internet can be used by local physicians, community workers and ill patients in developing countries to find information and resources cheaper and faster. Recipes downloaded online for homemade oral rehydration salts that prevent dehydration and death from diarrhea can be just as effective as more expensive imported vaccines. 

 

Achieving access to clean water, food and healthcare are essential priorities for developing countries. Connectivity isn’t a substitute for these things. But no one suggested it should be. All the evidence today suggests that connectivity is an enabler of the broader development agenda. Today, the Internet can not only help mean the difference between eating and starving, sickness and health, or life and death, but can help defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor and promote economic development.

 
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IT-Lyftet och IT-Piloterna's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:47 AM

Tillgång till Internetuppkoppling är en hälsofrämjande aspekt för hela samhällen, menar skribenten till detta intressanta inlägg. Det är inte den enda lösningen, men definitivt en del av den, och kan - på en slags makronivå - göra skillnad mellan svält och mättnad, sjukdom och hälsa eller liv och död!

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Very interesting!
JMS1's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:55 AM

Think I am going to focus on how technology helps us in our everyday health and well beaing. Chelsea Sanford

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Acute Decline: What Role Does Environmental Enrichment Play? A Scoping Review

Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Acute Decline: What Role Does Environmental Enrichment Play? A Scoping Review | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Toronto examined how environmental enrichment (EE) relates to neural and cognitive factors in TBI patients.
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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

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Randy Bauer's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:48 PM

Research is providing a growing list of reasons that support mindulness and meditation as positive influence to our health and well-being. Attention to the present, greater calm in your daily activity, and positive emotion in your relations are a just a few that come to mind without even reading this article. 

I believe the greatest benefit is connectedness to self, others and our environment. This opens us up to creativity in our work, meaningful relations with those around us, and listening to our body and mind.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

(From the article): It helps you sleep better. We saved the best for last! A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress," study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement.

Shri Ram Heritage's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:29 AM

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Health News - Comic books to help children understand chronic pain

Health News - Comic books to help children understand chronic pain | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Comic books to help children understand chronic pain

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, July 30, 2013 7:42 AM

This product emerged out of the research undertaken by a group (of which I am a part) funded by the MRC led Lifelong Health & Wellbeing programme.

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Best Disability Awareness Day in the world that began in Warrington

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IT was only meant to be a one off event but 22 years later, Disability Awareness Day is the biggest voluntary-led disability day in Europe - possibly even the world - and it all started right here in Warrington.
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What Happens When iOS Apps Can Access Health Records

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Besides being a way to increase medication adherence, identifying pills on the fly could ensure patients don't encounter unwanted side effects or somehow ingest the wrong medication. But the data play here is much bigger: Indexing the world's pill supply.

 

Optical character recognition and image recognition have spawned all sorts of amazing mobile apps. They can help users identify trees in the forest, identify business cards, and even measure heart rate. Now one new iPhone product, MedSnap ID, could change the way pharmacies are run by allowing for the instant identification of pills via phone camera.

 

MedSnap's product can help reduce the tens of thousands of patient deaths from accidental drug interactions annually, and save pharmacies and health care providers a ton by cutting down on wasted manpower from slower traditional medication history management tools.

 

Users place a set of pills on a special tray or a clear imaging service, take a picture with MedSnap, and the product's algorithms identify the pills from 60 images used for machine indexing.

 

Pills are identified through a combination of imprint recognition (the characters or logo on the pill) and visual characteristics (size, color, density, etc.). Apart from the company's current database--which is primarily centered on drugs available in the United States--users can add to what the company calls the Pill Mapping Project, an effort to “index the world's prescription drug supply so that it can be ready by a technology using a smart phone in a healthcare, patient, or caregiver environment.”

 

Identifying pills in medical settings is important, if only for the fact that an overworked, inattentive, or distracted medical professional can endanger lives by handing the wrong medication to the wrong person. Medical institutions currently use a host of proprietary products to identify pills, many of which require trips back and forth to a computer terminal. Apart from wasting time and money for the health care provider, this also ironically increases chances of a pharmacist being distracted.

  


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Rajat Dhameja's curator insight, October 2, 1:20 PM
Always nice to reacd about technology in healthcare.
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The Use of Social Media (Tools) in Clinical Research Collaboration

These are the supporting slides from a talk by Joel Selzer at the Society of Clinical Research Associates conference on "Harnessing Social Media to Advance Clinical Research"


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Mindy M Walker's curator insight, August 7, 2013 2:36 PM

Good presentation of ideas about using #socialmedia in the clinical research environment.

Rowan Norrie's curator insight, August 8, 2013 5:08 AM

Great presentation on how social media tools can be utilised to support collabortion and present a personalised view of the results.

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Why Having Purpose is the Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life

Why Having Purpose is the Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it

"I played baseball for 17 years. I had incredible teammates. I spent thousands of hours practicing and training. And after my senior season, I was named an ESPN Academic All–American. It’s safe to say that being a baseball player was an important part of my identity. It gave me a sense of purpose. And then, one day, I graduated and my career was over.

 

As soon as I finished playing, I felt lost. On the outside everything looked fine. I went to graduate school. I graduated with my MBA. I started my first business. But on the inside, it seemed like I was wandering through life without a sense of direction. I did the things that were in front of me, but never with a sense of true conviction."


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Diet and Mental Health

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What you eat can affect your mental health. Good physical health is important for good mental health, and vice versa, so a healthy diet is important. But research suggests some foods may be particularly good or bad for mental health.
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