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Can Tweet chats improve health literacy?

Can Tweet chats improve health literacy? | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

Many patients with chronic conditions cannot understand or follow treatment instructions and information; however, many people are turning to social media to improve their health knowledge, engage with healthcare providers, stay informed and join discussions. 

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Interview with Colleen Young #hcsmca moderator who says patients, as well as their caregivers, use social media to ask questions, expand their network and participate in the health community—thereby increasing their health literacy.  As a community moderator, she encourages people to become engaged patients and caregivers and recognize they are valued members of their healthcare team. 

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Beyond the Buzz: Healthcare Social Media | HealthWorks Collective

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In my new column, "Beyond the Buzz," learn not only how to use social media in healthcare, but how to do it exceptionally well.
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Hospitals embrace social media, but have yet to realize its full benefits - PHARMAGEEK

Hospitals embrace social media, but have yet to realize its full benefits - PHARMAGEEK | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

The use of social media among U.S. hospitals is greater than previously thought, although its impact on patients and populations remains unknown,according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.


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10 Professional Health Care Social Media Tips

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Health care social media - What you need to know as a health care provider. A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.
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5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015

5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015 | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
As funding for health-minded technology skyrockets, innovators are turning medical knowledge into usable tech.

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Social Media in Neurosurgery: Are You HIPAA Compliant?

Social Media in Neurosurgery: Are You HIPAA Compliant? | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

The business of medicine is increasingly performed electronically. A wide variety of devices provide neurosurgeons with patient information right at their fingertips. Mobile technologies and social media offer tremendous potential to enhance neurosurgical practice and augment patients’ involvement in their care. However, there are two particular issues that neurosurgeons must give heed to when harnessing the power of mobile technologies and social media. The first is potential breaches of patient personal health information (PHI). The second is to maintain professional conduct in the use of social media for advocacy, marketing, and patient outreach.

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Automated Indexing of Internet Stories for Health Behavior Change: Weight Loss Attitude Pilot Study

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E-Health Insider :: Power to the people on: the great confidentiality face-off

E-Health Insider :: Power to the people on: the great confidentiality face-off | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to think that confidentiality is something that can just be toggled on and off in electronic systems. Paul Hodgkin argues that it can’t, because it goes to the heart of the doctor/patient relationship; and new IT systems need to respect that.

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Putting the ‘app’ in Happiness: A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Smartphone-Based Mindfulness Intervention to Enhance Wellbeing - Online First - Springer

Putting the ‘app’ in Happiness: A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Smartphone-Based Mindfulness Intervention to Enhance Wellbeing - Online First - Springer | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

Smartphones are revolutionizing approaches to wellbeing investment. Those seeking greater happiness can engage with thousands of downloadable self-help applications instantly, yet their effectiveness remains largely unknown. This investigation explored the viability of delivering a positive psychological intervention in application format to authentic happiness seekers. A smartphone-based randomized-controlled trial was conducted with a diverse self-selecting pool, randomly assigned to engage with an empirically supported mindfulness intervention (n = 57) or a control intervention (n = 64) for 10 days. The study explored smartphone methodology, the importance of empirically based content for wellbeing enhancement and the extent to which user experience related to wellbeing gains. Results of repeated measures ANOVAs showed statistically significant increases in positive affect with a medium effect size and reduced depressive symptoms with a small effect size, although no statistically significant differences in satisfaction with life, flourishing or negative affect were found. No statistically significant gains were observed in the control condition. Ratings of task enjoyment were positively correlated (Pearson’s r) with positive affect increase. Findings support the viability of smartphone-based interventions to significantly enhance elements of wellbeing, underscoring the importance of application content and the role of person-activity fit. This investigation presents implications for happiness seeking strategies in the real world whilst showcasing a dynamic method of intervention delivery that can benefit future research and practice. If the greatest mission of positive psychology is to enhance global flourishing, the potential of smartphone-based interventions may play a vital role.

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Storytelling and Social Media in Health Care (with images, tweets) · williampearl

Another intriguing topic discussed at the Health Care Social Media Canada [#hcsmca] Twitter chat: The topic was Rx Narrative: Story As Medicine.

The Host was Marie Ennis-O’Connor (@JBBC).
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Impact of Social Media in Healthcare and Telemedicine

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A look at how social media is used by consumers and patients as well as health care professionals, and the impact it has on health care choices, opinions and relationships.
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How Social Media Helps Young People With Cancer

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The online world empowers and connects people in their darkest hour.
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Live-Tweeting A Health Event (Infographic)

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Live-tweeting is a way of engaging your Twitter followers by sending updates about an event as it occurs. Live-tweeters use the hashtag relevant to the event they are tweeting about which can be located on the conference’s website or Twitter profile. Twitter followers who cannot be at the event in person can follow along using the hashtag and this in turn expands the reach of the conference.  Furthermore, live-tweeting is a means of amplifying the conference experience, generating international engagement and global reach and stimulating collaborative potential.

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Simplified: Hootsuite’s 7 Step Guide to Social Media Success in Healthcare #HCSMCA – Healthcare Social Media News Canada #HCSMCA

Simplified: Hootsuite’s 7 Step Guide to Social Media Success in Healthcare #HCSMCA – Healthcare Social Media News Canada #HCSMCA | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

This article simplifies the 7-Step Guide to Social Media Success in Healthcare by Matt Noe and Mark MacDonald, as published by Hootsuite via video lecture.

Don’t forget, the 7 steps are (1) Listen, (2) Define (3) Join (4) Lead (5) Ignite (6) Inspire & (7) Measure.

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Social Media Sites Outranking Physician and Hospital Branded Websites in Web Search Results, Finds New Study by Mercury360®

Social Media Sites Outranking Physician and Hospital Branded Websites in Web Search Results, Finds New Study by Mercury360® | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans enroll in healthcare through the Affordable Care Act for...
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What's #pharma's impact on the #mhealth app space? These 3 graphs offer some clues #hcsmeu #hcsm #hcsmeufr

What's #pharma's impact on the #mhealth app space? These 3 graphs offer some clues #hcsmeu #hcsm #hcsmeufr | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
A report highlighting the mobile health app landscape charts pharma companies that have produced the most apps, such as Bayer, Merck and Novartis.

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10 social media events that changed healthcare in 2014

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This month, Daniel Ghinn reviews some of the key online happenings that have had an impact on healthcare over the year. The year 2014 has been incredible for social media in healthcare. Consumers and patients have taken on industry and regulators...
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The use of search engines in health

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Approximately 4.5% of all internet searches on the internet are for health-related information and in the US alone six million people search for health-related information on a daily basis, which exceeds the combined number of daily outpatient visits to emergency departments and physician offices. To put it in a different perspective: Fifty-two million American adults, or 55% of those with internet access, have used the web to get health or medical information. This group has been coined 'health seekers' and a majority of them go online at least once a month for health information.

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How 4 Healthcare Institutions Are Leading the Conversation With Social | Sprout Social

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We take a look at some great examples of how healthcare is using different social media tools to reach, educate, and inspire patients.
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For doctors, social media should be like taking medicine

For doctors, social media should be like taking medicine | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

he Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social media as “forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).” So, doctor, are you communicating with social media yet?

 

Barriers for doctor participation in social media

There is no shortage of barriers to physician participation in social media. Here are just a few:

Time (or lack of…). Many of us just do not feel we can add anything else into our lives between our careers and family. But let’s be honest. Do all of us really lack downtime where we could just flick through a feed and see what is what in our field?

Exposure. The Internet is huge and it usually acts as a beast with no master. Controlling what happens with whatever it is you post online is difficult. True. I cannot argue with that statement. All I could say is that it is much like staying home when everyone has gone to a party for fear of rejection. Online is where the party is today.

Confusion. For many practising physicians social media is something that happened sometime between med school and mid-career. There are so many options and so many new rules, that just getting a grasp of all this is not easy for everyone. If this is true for you, please read on.

Why should doctors partake in social media?

Patients and colleagues are there (even @VN_publishing, the very newspaper you are reading right now, is there). Social media is not a teen business anymore. More than 75% of people aged 18–49 have a social media presence and many of them use it daily or at least weekly. Furthermore, most people go online before making decisions (let’s be honest, that includes you and me).

Social media is a great learning tool. Many of us think of social media as the place where cats fall asleep in an awkward way (just point your browser to www.youtube.com and search for “kitten falling asleep” if you do not know what I am talking about). But social media is so much more than that. Social media allows content providers to spread their knowledge to as many people who are willing to listen. That means you may be able to learn about the hottest topic at a conference you were not able to attend, as it is being discussed by the most prominent of thought leaders in your field.

Social media is a powerful change tool. Think “Arab spring”. Think “ALS ice bucket challenge”. Social media done properly is a way to get your ideas out there and promote change in ways that are important to you.

Web presence is a modern form of notoriety. This is perhaps the most obvious of them all. People will look you up online. That includes colleagues, employers and patients. So why not control what they find? It is much safer to fill the web with self-generated and self-verified content, than to let chance guide what is found about you.

 

 

A good place to start

So… now that you understand what social media is and why you may want to be part of it, here are a few tips that may help you get started.

Limit your exposure. Remember, every website has privacy setting. Make sure you understand who can find you and who can see what you write. Make sure you are happy with the way privacy settings are set up before you start using social media. I would even consider using a different online name for personal and professional social media sites (for example, I use ‘Angiologist’ as my online presence nickname, and my own name for my personal communications).

Think before you post. Remember, once you hit the “approve” button, whatever it was you wrote, stays on the Internet. Forever. Even if you delete it immediately after posting it. Forever.

Do not over think before you post. Okay. So we make mistakes. All of us say stupid things all the time. If we were so over cautious as to worry about everything that comes out of our mouths we could not live normal lives. It is often healthy to think about social media in a similar fashion. Still, remember: The same way some things are not adequate for the dinner table (politics etc), make sure not to cross those lines on the net.

For more information feel free to look me up at @Angiologist (on Twitter) or to write me through my website at www.angiologist.com, because direct communications is what social media is all about.

What you should be looking at...

Choose the right social media tool for what you want to achieve. Here are a few prominent examples:

If you want to show off your CV, LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) is the place to go. It is a website directed at professionals which helps them showcase their capabilities and connect with peers. Another option would be Academia.edu (www.academia.edu) which is geared more toward scientists and researchers.

For learning and staying constantly on top of professional updates, I would recommend Twitter (www.twitter.com). Many think that Twitter requires sharing and communicating in short bursts of 140 characters. That is far from being true. Think of Twitter like you would of a news feed. Set up your Twitter account to follow those “news” providers that you find interesting. You will quickly learn that most “tweets” serve as headlines. To read more you usually click on an image or link. Thus, Twitter is not really limited to 140 characters. And no, you really do not need to participate actively in the discussion at all if you do not want to.

Other popular social media tools such as Facebook (www.facebook.com) and Instagram (www.instagram.com) can be used for professional communications; however, these are most commonly used for personal reasons. I would recommend that for social media beginners, it remains that way. I would also note that blogging should be attempted after some online experience has been gained.

 

- See more at: http://www.cxvascular.com/vn-features/vascular-news---feature/for-doctors-social-media-should-be-like-taking-medicineyou-do-not-have-to-like-it-but-using-it-is-good-for-you#sthash.3nc20eyX.dpuf

 


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Social media, Google, and the internet are medical therapy

Social media, Google, and the internet are medical therapy | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
I have to thank my colleague @SusannahFox for alerting me to this Washington Post article—about a campaign by the government in Belgium to get people to s...
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Social media: how does it really affect our mental health and well-being?

Social media: how does it really affect our mental health and well-being? | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have suggested that using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can affect mental health and well-being. We look at the evidence.
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Hospitals embrace social media, but have yet to realize its full benefits

Hospitals embrace social media, but have yet to realize its full benefits | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
The use of social media among U.S. hospitals is greater than previously thought, although the impact it has on patients and populations remains unknown, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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Hospitals have been slow to adapt however they understand that their audience is on social, thus social has become central to reaching then educating their audience of potential customers. #ePatients

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How Twitter Can Predict Flu Outbreaks Faster Than the CDC Infographic

How Twitter Can Predict Flu Outbreaks Faster Than the CDC Infographic | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it

This year has been declared the worse flu season in over a decade by the CDC with 29 states including New York City reporting high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), and another nine states reporting moderate levels of ILI. The mayor of Boston has declared a public health emergency on Wednesday as the reported flu infections is already 10 times higher than last season and has killed more than a dozen people. Hospitals throughout the country have felt the strain in treating the flu outbreak turning away patients in some places with tents set up to handle less serious cases.

Traditional flu tracking performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relies on outpatient reporting and virological test results supplied by laboratories nationwide that confirms an outbreak within 2 weeks after they begin; however, the CDC does not track all cases. So, what if social networks such as Twitter can track the outbreak of the flu 8 days in advance with 90 percent accuracy?

Researchers at the University Of Rochester in New York have used Twitter to track the outbreak of flu through New York utilizing a learning model to determine when healthy people would get sick with the flu. The study, performed by Adam Sadilek and his team, analyzed 4.4 million tweets that contained GPS location data from some 630,000 users in New York City over one month in 2010, using an algorithm that learned the difference between actual reports of illness and other, non-relative uses of words such as “sick”. The results were then plotted on a heatmap used to predict with people in a certain area were at risk of contagion up to eight days in advance.

Social media website, Sickweather declared that the flu season began October 18th, six weeks before the CDC’s official announcement. Sickweather utilized tracking and analysis via social media to predict the start of the flu season after seeing a 77 percent increase in social media reports mentioning flu between August and September. The CDC has even collaborated with Google using their Google Flu Trends tool as a potential source for early outbreak warnings. Other social media tools such as Flunearyou.org have 20,000 volunteers who are tracking their symptoms, narrowing the spread of flu down to your ZIP code.

MPHProgramsList, an advocate for public health student education has created the infographic visuliazation shown below that highlights the growing influence of social media’s ability to monitor and accurately track public health trends. Key highlights of the infographic include:

 


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Hugo E's curator insight, December 8, 3:55 AM

A study shows that using Twitter to predict flu outbreaks takes 6 weeks less than classical studies leaded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once again, this example shows the growing importance of prediction technologies in the healthcare industry.

ChemaCepeda's curator insight, December 9, 2:58 PM

Uso de redes sociales para anticipar los movimientos de las epidemias

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Join the Doctors 2.0 & You #doctors20 Tweetchat on Healthcare Blogging, Dec 9, 2014 | Doctors 2.0

Join the Doctors 2.0 & You #doctors20 Tweetchat on Healthcare Blogging, Dec 9, 2014 | Doctors 2.0 | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
Doctors 2.0 & You is delighted to announce that we will host a tweetchat on Dec. 9, 2014, on blogging in healthcare.
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How ‘social intelligence’ can guide decisions | McKinsey & Company

How ‘social intelligence’ can guide decisions | McKinsey & Company | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
By offering decision makers rich real-time data, social media is giving some companies
fresh strategic insight.
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ePatients: Changing healthcare with technology - mHealth

ePatients: Changing healthcare with technology - mHealth | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health | Scoop.it
To Dave deBronkart, known online as ePatient Dave (@ePatientDave), the movement towards the emancipation of patients is equivalent to the femini...
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