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3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management - About Health Degrees

3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that the current healthcare system isn’t working. Though well-intentioned, the original model was not built for today’s complex healthcare environment where fragmentation and integration co-exist. Private practice physicians proliferated. As a result, the centralized communication needed to deliver a holistic perspective of the patient’s care that would have managed rising costs, improved patient utilization and provided optional health outcomes was never met. While the objectives of care management remain the same today, the strategy and execution of care management are undergoing a dramatic transformation powered by technology.

This article provides a summary of three key dimensions at the heart of this metamorphosis ...

 
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Wearable tracker for Parkinson’s disease gets FDA nod - About Health Degrees

Wearable tracker for Parkinson’s disease gets FDA nod - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, “offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can more easily identify changes in movement symptoms to assist in decisions to optimize therapy,” according to the company.

 
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Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich - About Health Degrees

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Through the power of technology, humans are set to take on the role of Intelligent Designer. We can upgrade ourselves and surmount evolution. Ultimately, we can become entirely new beings that set the stage for a posthuman future.

The scenario has played out for decades in science fiction but the prospect is raised more seriously by Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian, in his latest book, Sapiens. In it he sees trouble ahead. The latest human enhancements will be accessible only to the rich, leading to a 21st-century society more unequal than any that came before.

 
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As Ebola closes schools in Africa, how do we help children learn? - Online And Distance Learning

As Ebola closes schools in Africa, how do we help children learn? - Online And Distance Learning | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

In response to the growing threat of Ebola across west Africa, the governments of Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have closed their schools. The closures are only temporary, but that could change if the spread of the virus continues and accelerates.

Many of the Ebola impacted nations were already struggling to provide education for children who had missed years of schooling because of poverty or civil war. The problem of lost time will be compounded: the health crisis is putting on hold teacher training, school constructions, curriculum reviews and the delivery of textbooks – to name just a few issues raised by the crisis.

 
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Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Heart Failure? - About Health Degrees

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Heart Failure? - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Paving the way for future research in improving heart function by stimulating the vagus nerve, a preliminary study showed improvements in heart failure conditions when the nerve was stimulated in test subjects.

“We pooled the results of the left and right side vagus nerve stimulation because there were no major differences in outcomes based on which nerve is stimulated. We saw both improvements in objective measures of heart failure and in subjective measures,” the study’s principal investigator Inder Anand said.

 
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10 Quotes That Will Make You Proud To Be A Nurse

10 Quotes That Will Make You Proud To Be A Nurse | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Will society as a whole ever get to the point where we perceive nurses to be just as integral to a healthcare system as doctors are? Probably not, and that’s a shame. Too often, we get so fixated on comparing one thing to another that we become oblivious to the fact that both are fighting for the same cause. Our obsession for competition distorts our entire understanding and hinders our ability to embrace the bigger picture: they are not working against each other; they are working with each other. In fact, they rely on each another. Without nurses, doctors would not be able to do their jobs – and vice versa. 

Here are 10 nursing quotes from recent blog posts and articles that show the power of nursing.  These quotes have all been gathered from recently written blog posts, rather than famous quotes from historical figures, in an effort to provide a personal touch, and to truly capture the sentiment and pride carried by the nurses who care for us when we need them most. Enjoy.


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Petition: Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria #BringBackOurGirls

Petition: Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria  #BringBackOurGirls | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria – Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls

We continue to show deep concern and support to the families of the abducted girls and give encouragement to all the international support Nigeria is recieving. Hoping, wishing and praying that all efforts being put into rescuing them, ensures their safe return.

In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school and are reported to be eventually sold as brides for $ 12 each. This petition calls on all World Leaders and enabled parties to rescue them. 

The abducted 200+ girls are victims of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. We can only imagine what these 200+ girls have been through, and solicit that more effortd be put to save them.

 

http://www.change.org/p/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-please-help-find-them-bringbackourgirls

 

 

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MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients - About Health Degrees

MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

MedDiary Inc., a mobile health (mHealth) software company, has announced the launch of its mobile health software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform consisting of a cloud-based portal for healthcare providers and a mobile app for patients.

The integrated platform makes it possible for healthcare providers to create custom mobile health apps for their patients and to subsequently remotely monitor them.

 
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Experimental Drug Used for Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise - About Health Degrees

Experimental Drug Used for Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

An experimental drug has completely protected monkeys from lethal doses of a virus related to Ebola, bolstering confidence that a similar medicine might be effective if deployed in the current outbreak in Africa, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The researchers said that the drug, which is being developed by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, kept all monkeys alive in a study, even if given as late as three days after exposure to the Marburg virus, when the virus was already detectable in the animals’ blood.

 
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Apple prohibits HealthKit app developers from selling health data - About Health Degrees

Apple prohibits HealthKit app developers from selling health data - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Apple has tightened its rules around the use of health data by developers making apps that connect to the HealthKit aggregation platform.

The company has changed its privacy policy to state explicitly that developers can’t draw data from Apple’s platform for their apps, then pass it on in some form to marketers.

The policy change comes just before Apple announces the first new phones running iOS 8, which will include a feature called Health that will present HealthKit data.

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CVS Stores Stop Selling All Tobacco Products

CVS Stores Stop Selling All Tobacco Products | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

As of midnight on Tuesday, all 7,700 CVS locations nationwide will no longer sell tobacco products, fulfilling a pledge the company made in February, as it seeks to reposition itself as a health care destination.

The rebranding even comes with a new name: CVS Health.

The decision to stop selling cigarettes is a strategic move as pharmacies across the country jockey for a piece of the growing health care industry. Rebranding itself as a company focused on health could prove lucrative for the drugstore as it seeks to appeal to medical partners that can help it bridge the gap between customers and their doctors.

Stewart-Marshall's insight:

About time!!!

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Wearable Biosensor Could Smell Disease - About Health Degrees

Wearable Biosensor Could Smell Disease - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Graphene vapor sensor What if wearable devices like fitness-trackers and watches could also “sniff out” and detect diseases such as diabetes and cancer fro
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End of Google Authorship

End of Google Authorship | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The idea behind Google Authorship seemed extremely promising when it patented Agent Rank/Author Rank back in 2007. The idea was to influence page rankings based on the reputation of its authors by using digital signatures. So, trusted agents would receive a higher score than someone who hadn’t yet earned their stripes.

This was just an idea until June 2011. During this time Google began to encourage webmasters to use the rel=”author” and rel=”me” tags for pieces of content that an author wrote. When Google+ was unveiled, the entire Google Authorship plan came together is there was a way to connect content with its authors.

Within the first year, the experiment seemed promising.Searchmetrics found that 17% of SERPs were showing the rel=author tag, which was higher than expected. Unfortunately, Authorship didn’t take off as expected.

Stone Temple Consulting discovered in a recent study that 70% of authors made no effort in connecting their content with authorship. In addition to that staggering figure, out of 150 pages sampled, 50 did not have author pages, while ¾ gave no attribution to an author. Furthermore, there were issues with confusing authors and containing no links to Google+ profiles.

 
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The Klara app lets you send photos of your skin problems to certified dermatologists - About Health Degrees

The Klara app lets you send photos of your skin problems to certified dermatologists - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, “offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can more easily identify changes in movement symptoms to assist in decisions to optimize therapy,” according to the company.

 
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Stop Googling your health questions - About Health Degrees

Stop Googling your health questions - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

There is an overwhelming quantity of health information generated every day. It’s constantly produced, reproduced and transmitted to public audiences. How can we find and assess the information on a particular topic and determine what we need to know?

Well – preferably not by using Google. Instead, courtesy of the Cochrane Collaboration, you can find reviews on everything from the effects of acupuncture for preventing migraines (probably works) and premenstrual syndrome (may not work), to the usefulness of cranberry juice to treat bladder infections (probably doesn’t work). The hard-working people behind Cochrane even translate their conclusions into “plain language summaries” and podcasts.

 
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Johns Hopkins Panel Concludes Neurostimulation Can Be Life-Changing Therapy for Chronic Pain - About Health Degrees

Johns Hopkins Panel Concludes Neurostimulation Can Be Life-Changing Therapy for Chronic Pain - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Chronic pain, which persists despite the fact that an injury has healed, can last for many months or years and may affect up to 15 percent of the adult population at any point in time. While it is a condition in its own right, it can be a component of other conditions. Neurostimulation, which involves stimulating pain-sensing nerves to convert painful sensations into nonpainful ones, offers a minimally invasive and reversible alternative to medication.

A new report from an international team of experts provides comprehensive information on the safety and effectiveness of this type of treatment for conditions including failed back surgery syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. More studies are needed for conditions such as peripheral neuropathic pain, postamputation pain and nerve pain from shingles.

 
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Israeli ECG T-shirt monitors hearts, saves lives - About Health Degrees

Israeli ECG T-shirt monitors hearts, saves lives - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

An Israeli company is one of the first in the world to market with a T-shirt that can read a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac irregularities, and other vital signs that could be the key to preventing heart attacks. Speed is the key — data is generated in real time and reaches the doctor immediately, instead of waiting until the next scheduled exam. And you can throw the special T-shirt in the laundry with the rest of your clothes.

HealthWatch debuted its hWear line of 15-lead ECG-sensing garments at the recent annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association. It allows doctors and medical workers to keep track of a heart condition remotely, without having to hook the patient up to a heart-measuring device in a doctor’s office.

 
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FDA awards first approval for customized 3D printed facial device by OPM - About Health Degrees

FDA awards first approval for customized 3D printed facial device by OPM - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

3D printing company Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its 3D printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD).

OPM’s facial device is the first and only FDA cleared 3D printed polymeric implant for facial indications. The OPSFD will be 3D printed by OPM Biomedical, utilizing the company’s OsteoFab process, which combines laser sintering additive manufacturing technology with the EOSINT P 800 printer and OPM’s polymer poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) powder formulation to print orthopedic and neurological implants. These implants are biocompatible, mechanically similar to bone, radiolucent, and support bone attachment (i.e. osteoconductive).

 
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Ebola Prevention Challenge | Music For Relief's Fundraiser on CrowdRise

Ebola Prevention Challenge | Music For Relief's Fundraiser on CrowdRise | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

As of August 2014, 2,000 people have been affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. If gone unchecked, these rates are expected to increase and accelerate.

We are partnering with International Medical Corps to provide much needed protective gear to enable health care workers to treat more patients and help stop the spread of Ebola.

Each dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor.

About Music for Relief:
Founded by the band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organisation dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation. 

About International Medical Corps:
Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disasters, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training. 

 

https://www.crowdrise.com/ebolachallenge/fundraiser/musicforrelief1

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The Connected Hospital Infographic | Blog | Inspire WiFi

The Connected Hospital Infographic | Blog | Inspire WiFi | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
The Connected Hospital Infographic - Inspire WiFi Blog

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What parents should know about EV-D68

What parents should know about EV-D68 | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Hundreds of children across the United States have been hospitalized with a serious respiratory illness. Scientists say they believe the bug to blame is Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68.

Enteroviruses are common, especially in September, but this particular type is not. There have been fewer than 100 cases recorded since it was identified in the 1960s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the symptoms?

The virus usually starts like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. This is all that happens for most people who catch an enterovirus.

But some patients will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing and/or develop a rash. EV-D68 is sometimes also accompanied by a fever or wheezing.

So when should you begin worrying?

Unfortunately in the beginning it's difficult -- if not impossible -- to tell the difference between a regular cold and this type of virus. But there are symptoms you should be on the lookout for if your child becomes sick.

Go to the doctor if he or she develops a fever or a rash, or if your child has difficulty breathing. Children with asthma or a history of breathing problems are particularly susceptible for severe symptoms.

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MedAdvisor - The Virtual Pharmacist - About Health Degrees

MedAdvisor - The Virtual Pharmacist - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

MedAdvisor is a revolutionary step forward in the way Australian pharmacies connect and communicate with their patients. MedAdvisor and Pharmacist Phil connect with your local pharmacy to ensure you take medication safely, effectively and on-time. Plus it’s entirely FREE.

MedAdvisor’s home screen provides an automatic list of all your prescription medications, updated automatically whenever you fill scripts. For each medicine you’ll see the medication name, brand name, repeats left, days’ supply left and colour indicators if action is required.

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Is this the future of parenting? - About Health Degrees

Is this the future of parenting? - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Sproutling’s baby ankle monitor tracks vitals such as heart rate and body temperature, and can tell if a baby is moving or in a dangerous face-down sleeping position. The environmental sensor picks up on the humidity, noise levels and temperature of the baby’s room. Best of all, it learns about each child’s behaviors over time and adjusts accordingly.

 
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Digital Health Can Learn from the iPhone - About Health Degrees

Digital Health Can Learn from the iPhone - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

When the iPhone launched, its core functionality was communication by phone — something practically everyone needed to do multiple times a day. As such, we needed our phones with us pretty much all the time. I believe it is this common needs-driven usage that was the number one driver behind mainstream adoption of the iPhone (and all the smartphones that have come after it.)

Unfortunately, health and fitness remains a far more discretionary activity for most people. And a digital device is not required for starting exercise, nor for continuing it — not the way using a phone is required to communicate with people by voice or text. Digital health and fitness technology will take over the mainstream if it’s tied to a common everyday activity and if it’s needed, not only wanted. It must be more of a necessity than a complement to our lives.

 
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Flatley's Law: How One Company Is Creating Medicine's Genetic Revolution - Masters and PhDs

Flatley's Law: How One Company Is Creating Medicine's Genetic Revolution - Masters and PhDs | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The cost of sequencing a human being’s DNA is less than one-hundred-thousandth of what it was when Flatley started running Illumina 14 years ago. Illumina is hoping to lower the price further. Ronaghi, the CTO, says the market has been disrupted every time the cost of sequencing has dropped by five to ten times. He foresees DNA sequencers that might cost $10,000, as compared with $250,000 for Illumina’s midline models, opening up whole new markets–and cures. Says Flatley: “The road maps that we have are pretty breathtaking as far as where the technology can move in the next three to five years.”

 
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