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How social media can combat chronic disease

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Social media can help combat chronic illness, according to a new eHealth Initiative report.


The report states social media and online communities can enhance health education by promoting healthy eating, active living and wellness--addressing many of the preventable problems that lead to chronic disease, which plagues more than 133 million Americans and contributes to about 75 percent of the country's healthcare spending. 

Social media--including message boards, blogs, microblogs and social networking sites--breaks down the walls of patient-provider communication, improves access to health information and provides a new channel for peer-to-peer communication among healthcare providers, consumers and family members, according to the report. It also helps providers develop meaningful relationships that provide emotional support for patients with chronic conditions, establish communities among caregivers, patients and families, and empowers patients to achieve their objectives with online peer support.


In this webinar, we will examine this trend and discuss options for providers who are entering this market. We will review technology, systems and delivery models. What are the risks/rewards of such a model, and how does it differ from the provider models of the past? What are the factors that will drive an organization to success? Register Now!

The report identified best practices recommendations for implementing wide-spread use of social media within the healthcare industry, including the need to:

Develop multiple functionalities to allow users to exchange nformation at the same time; 

Establish online roles for trained health providers and caregivers to give accurate information;

Provide dynamic privacy controls and use requirements;

Incorporate user-centered designs with relevant, helpful features;

Provide an open, safe environment where users can comfortably share information;

Apply evidence-based behavioral theory to use social networks for peer support and motivation;

Redefine the patients' roles by empowering them with information; and

Leverage long-lasting community ties to sustain user engagement.

However, with little precedence regarding social media in the medical community, the report acknowledges there are challenges to adapting social media as a major tool for information dissemination. Privacy laws and sharing personal information online are a major concern, as well as the quality and validity regarding healthcare information. There's also a digital divide among the elderly and minority populations, the report states.

Many healthcare organizations are taking advantage of social media already.Hospitals across the country are turning to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest to recruit patients and their families to serve as advisors, asking for their opinions via questionnaires and surveys on planned improvements in care, new services and even facility names


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Mobile-based Information Dissemination on Agriculture and Allied Activities

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Photographing Information Needs: The Role of Photos in Experience Sampling Method-Style Research

Full Title: Photographing Information Needs: The Role of Photos in Experience Sampling Method-Style Research Authors: Zhen Yue, Eden Litt, Carrie J. Cai, Jef...
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Paving the Way for Africa's High-Tech Agricultural Revolution

Paving the Way for Africa's High-Tech Agricultural Revolution | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Africa has the potential not only to feed its own people, but also to ensure food security around the world. A new era is unfolding in Africa's agricultural sector. Driving this change is innovation, led by Africans themselves....
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Geography professors compile database of dissertations to analyze changes ... - Inside Higher Ed

Geography professors compile database of dissertations to analyze changes ... - Inside Higher Ed | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
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Dissertations related to more analytical work, such as geographic information systems, have grown more popular in the past few decades, for example.
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Academic Research vs. Political Propaganda: Lessons from the Fraser Institute’s Study of Minority-Language Education | Academic Matters

Academic Research vs. Political Propaganda: Lessons from the Fraser Institute’s Study of Minority-Language Education | Academic Matters | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
@jrmcquarrie @mmletourneau Hello Matt. Did you see my article on the Fraser Institute study of official bilingualism?http://t.co/zSPQsAwyH6
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How are Humans going to become Extinct? | BBC News

How are Humans going to become Extinct? | BBC News | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

What are the greatest global threats to humanity? Are we on the verge of our own unexpected extinction?


An international team of scientists, mathematicians and philosophers at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute is investigating the biggest dangers.


And they argue in a research paper, Existential Risk as a Global Priority, that international policymakers must pay serious attention to the reality of species-obliterating risks.


Last year there were more academic papers published on snowboarding than human extinction.


The Swedish-born director of the institute, Nick Bostrom, says the stakes couldn't be higher. If we get it wrong, this could be humanity's final century.


So what are the greatest dangers?


First the good news. Pandemics and natural disasters might cause colossal and catastrophic loss of life, but Dr Bostrom believes humanity would be likely to survive.


This is because as a species we've already outlasted many thousands of years of disease, famine, flood, predators, persecution, earthquakes and environmental change. So the odds remain in our favour.


And in the time frame of a century, he says the risk of extinction from asteroid impacts and super-volcanic eruptions remains "extremely small".


Even the unprecedented self-inflicted losses in the 20th Century in two world wars, and the Spanish flu epidemic, failed to halt the upward rise in the global human population.


Nuclear war might cause appalling destruction, but enough individuals could survive to allow the species to continue.


If that's the feelgood reassurance out of the way, what should we really be worrying about?


Dr Bostrom believes we've entered a new kind of technological era with the capacity to threaten our future as never before. These are "threats we have no track record of surviving".


Likening it to a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child, he says the advance of technology has overtaken our capacity to control the possible consequences.


Experiments in areas such as synthetic biology, nanotechnology and machine intelligence are hurtling forward into the territory of the unintended and unpredictable.


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IDS Research Highlights Why Looking to the Future Is Critical for Development - AllAfrica.com

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IDS Research Highlights Why Looking to the Future Is Critical for Development AllAfrica.com While organisations such as UNDP, the EU Commission, the Rockefeller Foundation and the UK Government invest funds into dedicated research programmes,...
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Many people use LinkedIn’s publishing feature to promote their business and services, but there are very few people who are termed as LinkedIn influencers.
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Finding Articles for Academic Papers Part 1

How to find peer reviewed articles for use in academic papers. How to search, what to look for, and how to find more. Watch in 720p or better to see what I'm...
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Less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they cover - Risk Science Center

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Risk Science Center Less than 60% of university news releases link to the papers they cover Risk Science Center I've long been frustrated by news releases from academic institutions that highlight ground breaking and transformative research, and...
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What is an Academic Paper?

What is an academic paper? A paper is an academic work that is usually published in an academic journal after peer review. It contains original research resu...
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Evolving Role of Social Media in Healthcare Sector

Evolving Role of Social Media in Healthcare Sector | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

We all know that technological advances have revolutionized the healthcare sector and social media is rapidly transforming this sector. Because it is cost-effective and an easily accessible platform, a significant amount of healthcare practitioners, doctors, family members, patients and specialists have taken to social media to bring about a more impactful treatment and care. People in the healthcare sector are using social media to find and share information about health plans, medical treatments and doctors. The healthcare sector is a breeding ground for disruption where issues like misinformation, security and confidentiality exists, but social media and other technologies can alter the healthcare experience for the parties involved. Countless processes from management of health records to patient services can be augmented and there is plenty of scope. As it is, Google Glass, nurses equipped with iPads and patients strapping NFC embedded identification tags are already on the scene and are a reality. But the presence of social media can contribute immensely towards organizational transparency, efficiency, treatment efficacy and increased communication.

How Social Media Can Benefit Patients?

•    In certain cases, patients do not have to physically travel to visit a doctor about a cold. They can obtain basic medical advice from professionals within their network. Social media enables faster dissemination of medical information.

•    Social media users are growing increasingly accustomed to sharing personal information online. Users can comment on an article on health to posting a status update. Furthermore, patients are actively engaging with other patients and their family members to exchange notes on ailments, treatments and prescriptions.

•    Niche social networking sites have been developed by patients and their family members which enables them to focus on specific patient communities and diseases. Patients and their family members can access testimonials, reports, forums and other relevant information.

How Social Media Can Benefit Doctors?

•    Incorporation of social media strategy can significantly augment and improve communication, feedback and offer superior service in healthcare.

•    A quartet of hospitals already have a social media presence and 60% of doctors have positively reported that social media has improved quality of healthcare. Using social media, doctors can build brand loyalty and a network of patients who can have better access to