Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You've got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you've ever been referred to a specialist, you've likely experienced weeks of waiting to get into his or her office, and then sat dumbfounded when you went through roughly the same procedure as you had with the first doctor, all to find out, "You're all good."
Remedy, a Google Glass application that connects physicians and specialists, is helping solve appointment overload by getting patients in front of the right specialists quickly and digitally.
The opportunities, pitfalls, and ethical challenges associated with the increasing amount of passive data collection that is possible through the many different sensors we're already carrying around in our pockets.
Corporate Communications is fine for implementing social media for investor relations but patients and caregivers want someone who can keep it real and speak to them with respect, transparency and honesty.
In one of its first digital health initiatives, Merck has partnered with web-based electronic health record provider Practice Fusion to help doctors track the percentage of their adult patients who are up to date on their vaccines.
Most patients taking prescription medicine (72%) also use mobile apps (Android smartphone, iPhone, Android tablet, iPad, or Kindle Fire),
Mobile app adoption rates are high across all medication-taking adult age groups: 93% (age 18-24), 90% (age 25-34), 88% (age 35-44), 80% (age 45-54), 66% (age 55-64), and 50% (age 65+),
App-using patients prefer the privacy-protected single app Mobile Health Library (MHL) system (by a factor of 11 to 1) over email programs often offered by medication manufacturers. This high preference for a privacy-protected single app, customized to a user's needs for medication education and support services, was observed across all adult age groups.
Like most sectors, pharma periodically discovers new buzzwords and hot topics which become inescapable for 2-3 years, and begin to sound like the answer to every question. At the moment, that buzzwords is 'big data' – but while the hype can...
This summer is shaping up to be a very healthy season—if you’re a maker of digital fitness apps. Both Apple and Google are scheduled to hold their big, annual events for developers, with new programming tools for health software taking center stage.
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the star of the show seems likely to be the rumored Healthbook, a repository for biological signals—“biosignals," for short. And Google seems poised to unveil details of Android Wear, its new platform for wearable devices, at Google I/O.
Without a doubt, 2014 will be declared the year mobile became mighty in healthcare. No matter where in the world you live, whether you are talking about patients, consumers, or healthcare providers, mobile is revolutionising the future of healthcare – so much so, that it's worth taking a closer look at 10 powerful trends emerging throughout the mobile health space. We'll also be showcasing our findings on mobile health user experience at the Mighty Mobile seminar at the inauguralCannes Lions Health festival.
More than three-quarters (76 percent) of patients think pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to provide information and services that help patients manage their own health.
Nearly as many respondents, 74 percent, indicated that the most appropriate time to initiate outreach is when they start making a medication, although half of the respondents are open to receiving assistance after they have begun a course of treatment or are considering switching.
The report also indicated that patients are generally very satisfied with patient services when they get them—and are willing to give more personal health information to obtain more relevant services.
Of the patients who receive services, a sizable majority (70 to 80 percent) express satisfaction with all the services used.
In addition, patients appear to place high importance on services, providing a strong indication that services are viewed as a "should offer" not a "nice to offer" add-on—dependent on the type of medicine or treatment.
Patients are also ready and willing to share information in order to receive improved or free services, the survey found.
Eighty percent of patients are proactively seeking information about the medicines they are taking, and more than 70 percent seek out information on health care services related to their conditions.
Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) want pharmaceutical companies to reach them through social media—a significantly higher percentage than what they want from physicians, pharmacists, friends and family.
"There is a clear need for pharmaceutical companies to understand patient communication preferences and customize channels and content to provide relevant customer experiences at scale," the report said.
Many companies have created online forums as support networks for patients and their loved ones. Customized online communities can greatly impact patients, but many of these support groups can also be found on mainstream platforms like Facebook.
The article show popular therapeutic areas that are represented on pharma-sponsored Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest sites, according to secondary research conducted by CEI analysts.
In these graphics, the larger the circle, the larger a presence the therapeutic area has on the social media platform. These data suggest that central nervous system (CNS), diabetes and oncology patients have many options for online support. But there are also options for endocrinology, respiratory and immunology patients – to only name a few.
he European Commission is today launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.
In a recent post on Google+, the Glass team addressed the top 10 myths related to the futuristic augmented reality visor in an effort to simply "clear the air." Privacy concerning Glass is no doubt a hot topic as evident……
Social Media: A Review and Tutorial of Applications in Medicine and Health Care
Background: Social media are dynamic and interactive computer-mediated communication tools that have high penetration rates in the general population in high-income and middle-income countries. However, in medicine and health care, a large number of stakeholders (eg, clinicians, administrators, professional colleges, academic institutions, ministries of health, among others) are unaware of social media’s relevance, potential applications in their day-to-day activities, as well as the inherent risks and how these may be attenuated and mitigated. Objective: We conducted a narrative review with the aim to present case studies that illustrate how, where, and why social media are being used in the medical and health care sectors. Methods: Using a critical-interpretivist framework, we used qualitative methods to synthesize the impact and illustrate, explain, and provide contextual knowledge of the applications and potential implementations of social media in medicine and health care. Both traditional (eg, peer-reviewed) and nontraditional (eg, policies, case studies, and social media content) sources were used, in addition to an environmental scan (using Google and Bing Web searches) of resources. Results: We reviewed, evaluated, and synthesized 76 articles, 44 websites, and 11 policies/reports. Results and case studies are presented according to 10 different categories of social media: (1) blogs (eg, WordPress), (2) microblogs (eg, Twitter), (3) social networking sites (eg, Facebook), (4) professional networking sites (eg, LinkedIn, Sermo), (5) thematic networking sites (eg, 23andMe), (6) wikis (eg, Wikipedia), (7) mashups (eg, HealthMap), (8) collaborative filtering sites (eg, Digg), (9) media sharing sites (eg, YouTube, Slideshare), and others (eg, SecondLife). Four recommendations are provided and explained for stakeholders wishing to engage with social media while attenuating risk: (1) maintain professionalism at all times, (2) be authentic, have fun, and do not be afraid, (3) ask for help, and (4) focus, grab attention, and engage. Conclusions: The role of social media in the medical and health care sectors is far reaching, and many questions in terms of governance, ethics, professionalism, privacy, confidentiality, and information quality remain unanswered. By following the guidelines presented, professionals have a starting point to engage with social media in a safe and ethical manner. Future research will be required to understand the synergies between social media and evidence-based practice, as well as develop institutional policies that benefit patients, clinicians, public health practitioners, and industry alike.