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Surgeons who use 3D printing to help explain patients’ conditions to them

Surgeons who use 3D printing to help explain patients’ conditions to them | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Bioprinting continues to make significant strides towards a process that will involve dispensing cells onto biocompatible scaffolding using successive layers to generate tissue-like 3D structures and organs.

 

Along the way, however, there will be a number of interim steps that can also benefit the healthcare community. An excellent example of this is highlighted in a new study Physical Models of Renal Malignancies Using Standard Cross-Sectional Imaging and 3-Dimensional Printers: A Pilot Study.

 

The authors of the study, who work in theDepartment of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine; were looking for a method of providing 3-dimensional models of patient’s kidneys based on cross-sectional imaging. According to Jonathan Silberstein, Assistant Professor of Urology, providing such a model “may aid patients, trainees, and clinicians in their comprehension, characterization, localization, and extirpation of suspicious renal masses.”


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Infographic: Today's Digital Patient

Infographic: Today's Digital Patient | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
The digital patient is here. From pre-screening potential doctors to viewing their treatment information and tracking their fitness/health data, the digital patient is increasingly embracing mobile health to improve their well-being. Check out the latest infographic from CDW Healthcare to learn about the right of the digital patient.

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Denise Silber's curator insight, December 11, 1:40 AM

This infographic is in fact an ad for the company that published it but it has interesting stats.

 
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See also:

http://www.pinterest.com/etorresrussell/

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Here Are 10 Must-See Stats From This Week in Digital Marketing

Here Are 10 Must-See Stats From This Week in Digital Marketing | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
We've rounded up this week's 10 most-interesting numbers from the world of digital marketing. Check them out below. 1.
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Replacing Glucose Tests With An Always-On Sensor--Hidden In Your Contacts

Replacing Glucose Tests With An Always-On Sensor--Hidden In Your Contacts | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Instead of pricking and bleeding, diabetics will now get their glucose data straight from their eyes." #diabetes 


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Stories: Why Doctors Need Them

Stories: Why Doctors Need Them | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
In an era of systematic clinical research, medicine still requires the vignette.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 22, 3:51 PM

Here is an article about stories from a completely different field -- psychiatry -- with some key insights about storytelling for us all.


These insights are not about how to use stories in therapy (narrative therapy), nor are they about the psychological inner workings of storytelling that make people buy stuff.


Instead, this article by Peter Kramer, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University, points out the value of stories and vignettes as an important counterbalance to the prevailing "narrow, demanding version of evidence-based medicine". He also discusses how far stories should inform medical practice.


Kramer goes on to list the number of reasons why doctors of all types need storytelling in medicine.


The reason I was particularly struck by is that stories can set a research agenda. Whoa -- that's new. He then goes on to give a perfect example of how this can, and has, happened.


Another reason to embrace stories is the risk of moving toward a monoculture of treatment based on narrow data. As Kramer says at the end of the article, "We need storytelling, to set us in the clinical moment, remind us of the variety of human experience and enrich our judgment."  Well said.


What are the implications for businesses? Well, we need stories to counterbalance big data, to help discover and set new research agendas with customers and competitors, and the like.


Go read the article for the other reasons why medicine needs storytelling because each point applies to the business world too.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, October 23, 4:52 PM
I love the simple, direct power of a story. Stories 'click' open circuits in our brain that help us hear, and think differently.
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Novartis named digital pharma company of the year

Novartis named digital pharma company of the year | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Novartis was announced the first winner of digital pharmaceutical company of the year at last night's PM Society Digital Media Awards in London.


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Twitter in healthcare - Statistics

Twitter in healthcare - Statistics | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

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Barbara Letscher's curator insight, October 2, 4:45 AM

Très bonne infographie, claire, sourcée, intéressante. Où l'on voit bien tout l'intérêt de suivre ce qui circule sur les réseaux sociaux à propos d'un produit ! Chez Takeda, il y a des actions à mener par exemple...

Et vous, vous suivez ?

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Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D

Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Looking for some amazing web tools to teach human anatomy? The websites I have assorted for you below are probably among the best you can find out there. From engaging interactives to live simulations of the body system, these tools will enable your students to explore the mystery of the human body in unprecedented ways. Some of these tools provide 3D imaging of parts of the human body so students will both learn and live the experience of discovering the hidden secrets of our body.


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Alain MICHEL's curator insight, September 19, 12:17 PM

Une sélection des 8 meilleurs sites qui permet d'explorer à loisir l’anatomie humaine, en 3D

Andrew Bateman's curator insight, September 20, 5:33 AM

One  of the best parts of my job is spending time with our service users trying to make sense of their medical reports, as part of an understanding brain injury goal that we set.

Emmanuelle PY-GRIOTTO 's curator insight, September 22, 5:49 AM

C'est en anglais mais ça vaut le coup de faire l'effort d'aller voir.

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How Apple Is Invading Our Bodies

How Apple Is Invading Our Bodies | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

"The #Apple Watch represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and our bodies in another."


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Instagram for doctors: How one app is solving medical mysteries

Instagram for doctors: How one app is solving medical mysteries | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
 SOURCE September 11, 2014 A family-medicine doctor recent saw a 13-year-old with a weird, unidentifiable rash. It wasn't itchy or painful, and the teenage boy hadn't traveled anywhere recently. So the the doctor did what any modern physician would do: he took a photo and uploaded it to an Instagram-style app called Figure 1. (Figure 1) "13 y/o M with rash on his knee for 2 months," the doctor with the username inder70 wrote. "it is not itchy, no pain, no travel, no new food no inciting agent, no medications?" The suggestions came piling in. One doctor asked if it was fungal ("no itchiness or raised border," inder70 responded). Most of them quickly landed on the same diagnosis: granuloma annulare, a skin condition that has no known cause and can be treated with certain ointments. "Thanks everyone!!" inder70 responded, the medical mystery solved. Hospital hallway conversations, gone digital Figure 1 is the brainchild of Josh Landy, an internist from Toronto. He did his residency at

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Print academic journals are using Augmented Reality to transform reading

Print academic journals are using Augmented Reality to transform reading | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Print journals expand their interactivity through the use of augmented reality.
The post Print academic journals are using Augmented Reality to transform reading appeared first on iMedicalApps.

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Bayer’s Digital Health Accelerator Picks 5 Startups

Bayer’s Digital Health Accelerator Picks 5 Startups | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
The pharmaceutical company grants valuable mentoring and $65,000 in seed money to each of the five companies, and gets up to 10 percent equity in return.

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Using Twitter to study pharmaceutical drug side effects

Using Twitter to study pharmaceutical drug side effects | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Recent data from the CDC has indicated that 50% of Americans are taking one prescription drug, and 10% are on 4 or more prescribed medications as well. Taking into consideration the aging population and the movement towards primary prevention with medications, it is likely a larger shift will occur in the next decade.

 


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Pharma Guy's curator insight, September 9, 12:19 PM


When FDA announced the 2009 public hearing about regulating the pharma industry use of social media for promoting drugs, the agency asked for specific feedback regarding the use of social media for monitoring drug side effects.


Pharma Marketing News published survey results to see if and how the industry was using social media to monitor adverse events. The chart above shows some results. For more details read Social Media Adverse Event Reporting Safe Harbors, which  includes a detailed summary of responses to the survey "FDA Regulation of Drug & Device Promotion via the Internet & Social Media" regarding social media adverse event monitoring, processing, challenges, and uncertainties.

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Finger scanner for internet banking

Finger scanner for internet banking | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
People could be able to get into their internet bank accounts just by putting their fingers into a portable scanner.
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Game of Loans: Become the HBO of Digital Banking

Game of Loans: Become the HBO of Digital Banking | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Mobile banking has the potential to be as big a disruptor as video
streaming has been and, as with streaming, there are a few features that
make it poised to spread just as rapidly.
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Which bank will be the HBO of digital banking by making the transition to a digital model as smooth as possible.

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A physician's guide to prescribing mobile health apps

A physician's guide to prescribing mobile health apps | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

More than one-third of physicians have recommended the use of mobile health apps to their patients in the past year, according to a recent Manhattan Research survey. Experts say that the bulk of these apps are related to diet and fitness, and that few physicians are “prescribing” apps with the expectation of receiving follow-up data. Nevertheless, physicians’ acceptance of mHealth apps and related tracking devices is clearly growing along with mobile’s influence on everyday life.

 

“The mobile revolution is everywhere around us,” notes Joseph Kvedar, MD, president of the Center for Connected Health (CCH), a unit of Partners Healthcare in Boston. “It’s all about mobile now, and physicians can’t help but notice that, and they feel they have to get involved in some way.”

 

Mohit Kaushal, MD, a partner in Aberdare Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, agrees. “The mobile health world has been around for a couple of years, and we’ve had a lot of experimentation and there are a lot of apps out there,” he points out. “So it’s not surprising that a subset of these apps are quite valuable and that doctors are recommending them.”

 

On the other hand, Manhattan Research found that only about half of the physicians who recommended apps suggested specific ones to their patients. “Some doctors are going to be more savvy about what apps are around—particularly, younger ones who are more pro-technology,” Kaushal explains. “Those doctors are more likely to prescribe and suggest a particular app.”

 

With more than 40,000 health-related apps available, most doctors are unsure of which ones to prescribe, notes Kvedar. “There’s a fear of liability if they don’t know what they’re talking about. So they tend to be very general and say, ‘It’s probably worth looking at this category to help you track something because you need to lose 10 pounds or you need to be more active.’”

 

CCH has a website called Wellocracy.com that rates several trackers and apps. IMS Health has started a much more ambitious project to curate the 16,000 apps in the Apple Store that it considers relevant. A group of experts, in a recent JAMA commentary, proposed that independent or government-commissioned bodies review and certify mHealth apps. But right now, not much is available to help doctors evaluate the effectiveness of mHealth apps before prescribing them to patients.


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Pharma Guy's curator insight, October 22, 2:13 PM


Happtique, in July 2012, released a draft of standards that it will be using to certify medical, health, and fitness apps under Happtique’s App Certification Program. For more on that, read this post: Certifying Prescription Grade Smartphone Medical Apps


However, Happtique suspended its mhealth app certification program after software developer exposes security shortcomings (read more about that here).


Keith McGuinness's curator insight, October 25, 12:36 AM

"In the next few years, Kvedar forecasts, most apps and devices that help doctors diagnose and treat patients will undergo clinical trials to get FDA approval."  


There is a problem with this statement.  Either it does not include the 100,000+ or so behavior change apps that are already being made available to consumers or it is simply not possible.  Most of the apps that address behavior change are targeting prevention and management of chronic conditions which "some physicians are eager to try."  We need to see evidence of health outcomes from these as well, but the risk of injury is so low and the number of app so high that the FDA cannot uses traditional research methods to meet the challenge.  A new approach to evidence collection and measurement will emerge, one that makes the most the new data analytics methods. 



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Healthcare’s digital future | McKinsey & Company

Healthcare’s digital future | McKinsey & Company | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Insights from our international survey can help healthcare organizations plan their next moves in the journey toward full digitization. A McKinsey & Company article.

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www.hcpmeetings.com.au offering great online opportunities to promote meetings, products and services..

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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 | Digital communication & advancements | 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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Over 80% of doctors now use smartphones for profession-related reasons at work - http://flip.it/a5yE6
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WHAT’S APP DOC ? - Club Digital Santé #hcsmeufr

WHAT’S APP DOC ? - Club Digital Santé #hcsmeufr | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Quelle semaine ! Voilà ce matin que le géant Facebook annonce une acquisition de plus de 16 Milliards de dollars.. WHATSAPP, l’application de messagerie instantanée la plus populaire au monde. 450 millions d’utilisateurs actifs, 19 milliards de messages envoyés chaque jour, 34 milliards reçus par jour… Il faut dire qu’après l’échec cuisant de la tentative de rachat …

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A Masterclass In Social Marketing: 7 Tips From The Experts

A Masterclass In Social Marketing: 7 Tips From The Experts | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

Twice a year the smartest minds in social media come together at Social Fresh Conference. They share their best strategies and tactics for building a better business using social marketing.

 

 


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Building a better business by using social marketing...

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Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs

Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Google Inc. is acquiring health technology startup Lift Labs to add to its Google X research unit, as the company pursues methods to address neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
Terms weren't disclosed. San Francisco's Lift Labs sells a handheld stabilizing device, with attachments such as a fork, spoon or key holder, to help people with tremors eat and unlock doors, according to the company's website. The technology, called Liftware, uses sensors to detect tremors and responds quickly to keep the device from shaking too much.
"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," Google said on its website.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 10, 8:38 PM

"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," "We're also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor."

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The rise of the digital patient (Infographic) | Integrated Care Today

The rise of the digital patient (Infographic) | Integrated Care Today | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Take a look at this infographic from CDW Healthcare to see how American's are adopting technology to improve their health.

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Ginny Dillon's curator insight, September 19, 11:17 PM

So much technology. It's a great opportunity for patients.

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The Pharma Obligation to Social Media

The Pharma Obligation to Social Media | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it

The patient population is at our finger tips. Technology has provided a broader platform to witness their frustrations, build lasting relationships and work collaboratively to improve outcomes. The pharma industry invests billions in the development of new treatments; they are bold, courageous and imaginative in the pursuit of scientific excellence. Yet, with a few exceptions, remain anxious, nervous and paralysed in social media. The changing environment demands industry innovation and outcome based funding. If science will be at the heart of that drive, social must be the catalyst.

Fear of a brand name?
We invest millions in building a brand, yet remain terrified of its mention in public. Of course, we cannot publicly announce our treatment and associated scientific benefits, and yes we have an obligation to ensure it is not miss-represented either positively or negatively. But are we really at fault if a member of public chooses to discusses our brand in a fair, valid and experienced manner? We live in a free world, and an increasingly global community, we must engage if we have valuable information & insight. Do we not have a moral obligation to respond with valuable insight? Why would we leave Wikipedia with data we know to be inaccurate, when it’s widely considered to be the first point of reference? The vast majority of the general public are wholly unqualified to comment on disease, symptoms, side effects or treatments, but do so with the vigor of a grand-parent championing chicken soup. We have the knowledge, rigor and expertise to harness valuable patient experiences, real-life events and dialogue to support broader society.

But what if we came across an adverse event?
What if we don’t? We all have an obligation to report adverse events. Beyond the rules there is a moral obligation. Many months ago I witnessed a psychiatric nurse discussing how, with appropriate permissions, they monitored patients on twitter – AMAZING! If the NHS can find the time & resource to use social media in such a smart fashion, then big pharma must follow suit.

We’ll be accused of #badpharma and dishonesty!
That is true whether you participate or not. I’d advocate participating and whilst you would never directly challenge an individual, voicing your position to a broadly smart community can only be more positive.

The approval process takes too long.
Social media is not just publishing content. It’s about listening. It’s an opportunity to hear from patients. It’s about understanding challenges & frustrations and working to address them. That alone is worth embracing the social world. It isn’t a fad, it’s been around since society – the playing field just got bigger.

 

As I often discuss, I’m proud to work in pharma. We make a difference, and we improve outcomes. Scientists & their amazing work will be at the heart of that success, but with the necessary courage communications experts can be the key.

 


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Apple's Push Into Mobile Payments - New York Times

Apple's Push Into Mobile Payments - New York Times | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
New York Times Apple's Push Into Mobile Payments New York Times On Tuesday, Apple announced that it planned to offer its own version of a mobile wallet, teaming up with retailers like Target and restaurants like McDonald's, as well as the three...

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British banks back at crisis crossroads, fears KPMG - Telegraph

British banks back at crisis crossroads, fears KPMG - Telegraph | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Institutions face another crisis after expensive and long struggle to pay for past mistakes

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Study: Most online shoppers using smartphones, tablets to interact with brands

Study: Most online shoppers using smartphones, tablets to interact with brands | Digital communication & advancements | Scoop.it
Antoinette AlexanderOnline shopping has reached a mobile tipping point, according to Branding Brand's Mobile Commerce Index report.
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