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Most consumers believe that video games that force them to get up and move around can improve their health, a study from UnitedHealth Group suggests.
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With nearly 75 percent of American adults using at least one social network—half of whom belong to more than one—there is no doubt that social media has had a huge impact on society. In the medical profession, social media has traditionally been used on the client side, for comparing notes on a physician or medical office. Now social media is being used in ways that help medical professionals interact with patients, promote healthy living, and increase the overall quality of care...
Nicola Ziady (@nicolaziady) helpful summarises some statistics from a recent PWC mHealth survey :
It’s an exciting time in digital health right now. The industry is going mainstream, becoming more consumer focused and large well-known multinational corporations are beginning ...
Michael Birt on "Abundant Aging and Longevity" at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University, 15th February 2014
Whether you’re in healthcare, retail, or some other industry, here are five business lessons you can learn from patient communities.
1. Understand how to meet high customer expectations
2. Market with sensitivity
3. Keep up with technology
4. Test your communication venues
5. Enhance your relationship with your customers
An interesting attempt to turn the tables: what business can learn from patient communities, rather than vice versa
Embeddable sensors that can track a person's vitals could eventually be a boon for healthcare, but something equally small, portable, and safe is going to have to power those sensors.
Researchers from the University of Illinois may have an answer: batteries that slowly decompose in the body. Using magnesium and either iron, tungsten, or molybdenum, the researchers were able to build a small battery that delivered a constant output for at least 24 hours. Operating voltage varies by element, ranging from approximately 0.45V to 0.75V, and by stacking cells in series, the researchers say that they were able to create a battery strong enough to power a conventional LED.
Sitting in a salt-water solution at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, it took a four-cell battery 11 days to break apart; the temperature was then increased to 185 degrees, almost fully dissolving the battery after another eight days. That battery weighed about 3.5 grams, with cells measuring 3 cm by 1.3 cm and placed 4mm apart. The researchers say the materials are both biocompatible and benign to the environment.
Patients are more involved in their own healthcare than ever before, and the consumption process is now as transparent as shopping for household goods.
Seventy-five percent of Americans have conducted a search related to personal health in the last year and more than a third use social media to research health conditions.
Half of all patients who use the Internet to self-diagnose ultimately schedule a doctor’s appointment.
What about the doctors?
Seventy-eight percent of US doctors are using digital tools to gather research; 70 percent prefer online training to classroom training; and nearly 40 percent communicate with patients online.
Details and images of Apple's first foray into the booming health and fitness tracking market have been leaked to through the website 9to5Mac. Codenamed Healthbook, the future app is likely to be included with iOS 8, the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system.
According to the website's sources, Healthbook will allow users to track a multitude of different health indicators (heart rate, blood sugar, sleep, nutrition, activity, etc.), each of which can be accessed through its own "card." The entire program seems to be designed for use with next-generation health-tracking sensors.
The app even features an "Emergency Card," which will allow users to enter their critical information such as blood type, organ donor status, allergies and medications for doctors and emergency medical technicians in case they are unable to speak in a health emergency.
Tracker tools that already exist, and an ICE variant.
Let's hope the 'next-generation health-tracking sensors' don't further reduce the already sketchy battery life of the iPhone.
There's really not much to get excited about here.
And, of course, its utility is predicated upon the ability of the user to be able to acquire their health data from external sources, as well as collect their own.
From a HIStalk interview with Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday), founder of #TheWalkingGallery
Q: Putting patients at the center of healthcare is, unfortunately, a big change. For those overwhelmed by the long-term vision, what would be some short-term goals you would settle for?
"I often look at the intersection of health and art. That’s one of my focuses. We need way, way more realistic visuals of care. Less stock photography, more painting. More involving regular people into the life of your hospital.
I would like to see patients — not just a patient advisory council at hospitals, which a lot of them have — on every board and council throughout the entire facility. I’m talking like EMR workflows as well as M&M reports. We need to be part of the conversation. Because what is absolutely beautiful if you do this is that patients can say things that staff can’t. Staff may be thinking it, but politically they’re put in a position where they can’t say it. Their job can be affected. We don’t want to rock the boat.
Patients, not in a bad way, can say the words, since we’re not hired by the institution, that everybody might be thinking but don’t feel the power to say. Once we’ve said it, all of a sudden things break open. Doors break open and pathways change.
One of the major things I would love to see is truly embracing us as part of the team. Not a token. Don’t have us design your lobby again. But really, seriously involve us in decision-making processes and get our feedback."
Social media networks are becoming an increasingly important part of recruitment for clinical studies into pioneering research for type 1 diabetes.
The huge amount of information being shared on communities of people with the same health concerns is valuable to researchers looking for treatments.
Some nice stats from two new Europa reports on the state of digital health in Europe:
According to two surveys in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in Europe, the use of eHealth is starting to take off, with 60% of GPs using eHealth tools in 2013, up 50% since 2007. But much more needs to be done.
The main findings of the surveys include:
* Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are Denmark (66%), Estonia (63%), Sweden and Finland (both 62%). Full country profiles are available by clicking through on the title link above, then the embedded text in the second bulleted paragraph.
* eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations.
* When it comes to digitising patient health records, the Netherlands take the gold with 83.2% digitisation; with silver medal for Denmark (80.6%) and the UK taking home bronze (80.5%).
* However, only 9% of hospitals in Europe allow patients to access online their own medical records, and most of those only give partial access
* When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources.
1. The conversation doesn’t have to end once the doctor walks out of the exam room.Patients see an immediate improvement in their quality of care when they can stay in contact with their physician after the appointment is over. Conversations continue when doctors are able to post general knowledge about medications, side effects, treatment options, and disease prognoses.
2. Patients feel empowered to manage their condition. Through social media, patients can discuss their conditions and give one another advice on questions to ask their doctors, what treatments options are most helpful, and discuss health news relevant to their conditions. This can all help a patient with a chronic condition feel as though he or she is not alone in their health journey.
3. Patients with similar conditions can discuss symptoms and compare treatment plans. Participating in online discussions is especially important for patients who are unable to partake in face-to-face discussions with other patients because there either isn’t a physical support group, or the patient has mobility issues. Having a community of similar patients helps us cope.
4. Having constant access to an online support community helps patients deal with chronic conditions and any complications that may accompany them. Patients can share their concerns, inspire one another, and offer support. The simple act of knowing we aren’t alone in a situation is itself a huge help.
5. Facilitates exchange of health knowledge and medical experience. Social media allows for constant sharing of information and experience, as well as providing a forum for doctors to answer questions, and post opinions on breaking health news.
You've read it all before, but at least it's conveniently collated in a single document
Nice overview about what's going on in the health sector...
Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) due to be adopted on April 9.
mHealth covers support of mobile devices – such as smartphones, computers and tablets – that help to set up more independent management of patients’ health, explains Ahrenkilde Hansen. The spokeswoman of European Commission underlines that before putting these systems in place, it is important to have a clear view on how the issues of data protection and users trust can be solved. A public consultation on mHealth will run until 2 July 2014.
The Health and Social Care Digital Services (HSCDS) represents the comprehensive and integrated digital health and social care service across England. This replaces the name “Integrated Customer Service Platform (ICSP).” HSCDS is a collective term for the patient and citizen facing digital propositions across health and care services. The HSCDS Online Channel represents the web service NHS Choices.
The Department of Health’s information strategy, The Power of Information, sets out a 10-year vision to transform information for health and care, underpinned by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The strategy aims to drive integrated care across health and social care, reduce inequalities, increase transparency and create a culture of information sharing. Section 4.37 calls for the development of an easily accessible and open high quality national information portal across health, public health and social care, that not only radically simplifies information but positions information as a health and care service in its own right.
The development of the HSCDS represents an innovative opportunity to deliver value and customer excellence to patients and citizens, transform health and care services and develop the single largest health and care information service. We can empower patients and the public to live longer and healthier lives through the use of relevant, personalised and cost effective digital channels for their health and care needs.
The UCL Festival for Digital Health 2014 aims to:
Click on the Scoop.it title link above to be taken to the deck (53 slides).
Kindly shared by the author @KelSmith
Similar to their growing impact on other industries, social networks are playing an important role in healthcare and Online Patient Communities (OPCs) are one such consequence. While patient support groups have been there for a long time, online communities are a very recent phenomenon and have several advantages over support groups.
1. OPCs remove the physical barriers
2. OPCs are more conducive to participation from healthcare professionals.
3. Caregivers are more inclined to participate in OPCs.
5. OPCs are more than chat rooms. They have other healthcare applications too
Conclusions of the first ever cross-stakeholder, pan-european seminar on health apps, held at the King's Fund on 28 October 2013.
Direct download from Alex Wyke's blog: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt6oh78wpn4b1ef/MASTER%20A4%20WHITE%20PAPER%20PDF.pdf
The five key messages:
1. Overhauling healthcare systems–making them patient-centric
2. Engaging doctors in the prescribing of health apps3. Overseeing quality standards for health apps4. Ensuring that health apps remain of a high standard throughout their lifetime5. Considerations for policymakers wishing to oversee health apps
1. Lip-service has been given to this idea since time immemorial, but there are few examples of such change having not only been instantiated, but maintained, and used to drive strategic direction. This is a systemic problem which I don't think will be resolved until we accept that 'reskinning' existing structures is inadequate to the needs of truly patient-centred healthcare design.
2. Unenforceable, but necessary. A paradox that may only be resolved through cross-constituency digital peer-review (imagine the degree of insight and involvement if there were a '#FOAMed meets #bcsm' for every disease area)
3. See above. 'Regulation' as we understand it will neither be viable, nor enforceable. Whether we want a 'top layer' of heavy-hitting health faculty acting as a secondary filter before content enters the App Store (Apple) and Play (Google) is another question. I'm not sure if it's even a good idea (re-replacing 'evidence with eminence' again) unless it's largely automated using a Watson-like AI with a complete picture of the existing gold standard in all evidence.
4. Predicated upon the expectation that they're of a high standard at launch, which simply isn't the case.. The majority of health-related content available as apps is of low quality and relevance.
5. Re. the first paragraph of the synopsis of this section: 'The consensus at the seminar was that the adoption of smartphone technology will not create health inequalities, but rather can increase healthcare sustainability'. I strongly agree with this line of reasoning, and feel that the 'digital divide' debate needs to be answered once and for all.
My answer to this last point: principally, this is a period of transition, and no plans should be made to accommodate perceived (and usually unsubstantiated) inequalities in terms of access to health information which will diminish over time -- although NB levels of health literacy are another matter. Where digital exclusion exists (and such conclusions often overlook the 'one step removed' access to digital health via family members, friends, and carers) the savings made from the efficient implementation of lower-cost digital health initiatives (and there really should be some; if there aren't, questions need to be asked about the organisation under review) should be reinvested in targeting hard-to-reach communities in an offline setting.
Aportes y conclusiones del primer seminario pan-europeo sobre apps de salud. Muy interesante.
Anna McCollister-Slipp lives with type 1 diabetes.
Her overall opinion regarding the digital health tools she uses to manage her disease?
“So I have all of this incredible information literally 24/7 – not just from my prescription medical devices – but also from my Fitbit, from a Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, from my digital scale and from a variety of different iPhone apps that are used for nutrition tracking etc.
None of it connects.
They’re all in completely different data streams, and even though each of them provides something that would be an incredibly vital element for me to truly understand how to manage my disease, how to predict when I need to change insulin in response to exercise, or stress, or schedule changes, or whatever the case may be – I can’t get that information all in one place. Even though it’s electronic – even though it’s all downloadable in one form or another – it’s all on different platforms, different computing systems and it doesn’t work together.”
“So it’s incredibly frustrating that we’ve invested so much as a society and as a country and as a patient community and a medical device industry in creating this incredible technology that really does save lives and support lives but we can’t do this one tiny little thing – just to make the data standards consistent – to make them interoperable – to give me the ability to make the decisions that I need to make to manage my disease 24/7"
A short film about a Michael Seres (@mjseres), who is changing people's lives through awareness and social media.
Thank you Andrew for drawing our attention to the film about the amazing Michael Seres @mjseres whom we are so grateful to know. He will be back with us at Doctors 2.0 & You Paris, June 5-6, and involved in more than one activity.
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