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Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals Take on the Blogosphere - AAMC Reporter - Newsroom - AAMC

Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals Take on the Blogosphere - AAMC Reporter - Newsroom - AAMC | E-Health | Scoop.it

As people have turned to Internet media for news, many medical schools and teaching hospitals have responded by joining the blogosphere. For many institutions, blogs allow a more in-depth exploration 

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Dermatologie : vers de nouveaux outils de diagnostic sur mobile | Proxima Mobile : applications et services gratuits sur mobile pour les citoyens

Dermatologie : vers de nouveaux outils de diagnostic sur mobile | Proxima Mobile : applications et services gratuits sur mobile pour les citoyens | E-Health | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, des dermatologues et des mathématiciens ont mis au point en 2011 une application pour faciliter la détection précoce des mélanomes. L’application Skin Scan permet d’analyser les grains de beauté et les lésions cutanéee. A partir de la photographie prise par le smartphone, l’application permet d’en mesurer le diamètre et la caracteristiques morphologiques : un algorithme détermine ensuite les risques d’évolution cancéreuse en combinant l’analyse photographique avec les critères d’âge et de sexe (Source : Technology Review).

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What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare? - O'Reilly Radar

What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare? - O'Reilly Radar | E-Health | Scoop.it
We're just at the beginning of discovering how to best develop and utilize mobile technology to improve the health of individuals and the public, says Dr. Audie Atienza.
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World health statistics 2012 report – WHO – 16 May 2012

The World health statistics 2012 report, released today, puts the spotlight on the growing problem of the noncommunicable diseases burden.

One in three adults worldwide, according to the report, has raised blood pressure – a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease. One in 10 adults has diabetes.

“This report is further evidence of the dramatic increase in the conditions that trigger heart disease and other chronic illnesses, particularly in low- and middle-income countries,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “In some African countries, as much as half the adult population has high blood pressure.”

For the first time, the World Health Organization’s annual statistics report includes information from 194 countries on the percentage of men and women with raised blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

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Involving people who use services and their carers in the work of the GSCC 2001-2012 – General Social Care Council [UK] – 16 May 2012

Involving people who use services and their carers in the work of the GSCC 2001-2012 – General Social Care Council [UK] – 16 May 2012

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Recommended Core Measures for Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Cost, Utilization, and Clinical Quality – The Commonwealth Fund – 16 May 2012

Overview
The patient-centered medical home has emerged as a promising solution to address the significant fragmentation, poor quality, and high costs that afflict the U.S. health care system. The medical home model includes core components of primary and patient-centered care, recent innovations in practice redesign and health information technology, and changes to the way practices and providers are paid. There are initiatives across the country testing the promise of the medical home model. However, to properly evaluate and compare results that will aid in the implementation of these and other initiatives, researchers need a standard set of core measures. This brief describes the process and recommendations of more than 75 researchers who came together to identify a core set of standardized measures to evaluate the patient-centered medical home. It focuses on two domains of medical home outcomes: cost/utilization and clinical quality.”

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3 Important Public Health Issues

3 Important Public Health Issues | E-Health | Scoop.it
The public health sector is responsible for providing goods, services and systems to the general public to treat patients with several genres of care – curative, preventative, rehabilitative and palliative.
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Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) 2012 – Cancer Quality Council of Ontario – released 16 May 2012

Elements measured:

Safe
Effective
Accessible
Responsive
Equitable
Integrated
Efficient

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Nouvelle édition de l’Université d’été de la e-santé

Nouvelle édition de l’Université d’été de la e-santé | E-Health | Scoop.it
La 6e édition de l’Université d’été de la e-santé se déroulera  les 4, 5 et 6 Juillet 2012 à Castres. Présentation.
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Kwit : nouvelle application mobile dans le sevrage tabagique

Kwit : nouvelle application mobile dans le sevrage tabagique | E-Health | Scoop.it
Une nouvelle application iPhone exploitant des mécanismes de la gamification pour aider les gens à arrêter de fumer a vu le jour : Kwit. Présentation.
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Will the Future Need Doctors?

Will the Future Need Doctors? | E-Health | Scoop.it
The following is an Ignite talk delivered at Tim O’Reilly’s 2012 Health Foo – Microsoft Research Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As I see technology advancing around me, I think about what’s going to become of the physician.
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Cool Technology of the Week

Cool Technology of the Week | E-Health | Scoop.it

I've often been asked how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) run sheets can be automatically integrated to emergency department information systems so that the transition of care between the ambulance and the hospital is seamless.

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The Ethics of Prevention and Treatment | Stanford Journal of Public ...

The Ethics of Prevention and Treatment | Stanford Journal of Public ... | E-Health | Scoop.it

Public health programs perpetually face the dilemma of balancing the allocation of limited financial resources between prevention and treatment. Present or future? Short-term or long-term? Although it is easy to glorify prevention, allocating resources to people who don’t yet have a given disease over current sufferers from that disease can be hard to justify.

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Should doctors stop patients from taking smartphone pictures? - amednews.com

Should doctors stop patients from taking smartphone pictures? - amednews.com | E-Health | Scoop.it
First physicians had to hang signs to remind patients not to talk or text on their cellphones so they would not disturb others. Now that cellphone capabilities have expanded, physicians have a choice: Do they extend that warning to taking pictures with a smartphone?

Though the ban on telephone conversations was motivated by an attempt to keep down the annoyance factor, the implications of snapping pictures inside a practice can go beyond other patients getting a little irritated. If picture-taking is left unfettered, patients could feel violated and sense that a practice doesn’t take patient privacy seriously. On the other hand, if patients want to break out the smartphone for a few shots, is a practice just picking a fight by instituting a no-pictures policy?

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Télésurveillance pour bébés prématurés

Télésurveillance pour bébés prématurés | E-Health | Scoop.it
Le multimédia contribue à rassurer les parents dans le moment difficile de l’hospitalisation d’un nouveau-né.
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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Consultation – National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE) response – 16 May 2012

“The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee has released a Consultation Paper on Advanced Pharmacy Practice and is seeking feedback from members of the pharmacy profession in Australia.

This initiative is directed at defining and recognising advanced pharmacy practice in Australia and may help form the basis for the further development of the profession and of the professional roles performed.”

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Healthcare leads jobs growth, reports show [US] – Helathcare IT News – 16 May 2012

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 155,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, with the healthcare industry alone responsible for 19,000 of these newly added positions.

According to the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany, State University in New York, more than 4.2 million healthcare employment opportunities are expected to be added by 2020.

[Health Care Employment Projections: An Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Projections 2010-2020 March 2012]

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Smart guides to engagement – NHS Networks – April / May 2012

“The Smart Guides to Engagement series is for everyone working in or with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The guides have been written by experts to provide straightforward advice on all aspects of patient and public engagement in an easily digested format.”

Community development – improving population health Mon 14 May 2012
Listening, learning and responding Mon 14 May 2012
Practices and patient engagement Mon 14 May 2012
Engagement for commissioning success Mon 23 Apr 2012
Working with LINks and local HealthWatch Wed 18 Apr 2012
Working with lay members and patient representatives Wed 18 Apr 2012
Get smart about engagement.

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The Tougher the Better: The Effect of an Increased Performance Threshold on the Performance of General Practitioners – Ofice of Health Economics [UK] – April 2012

Yan Feng, Ada Ma, Shelley Farrar and Matt Sutton

Research Paper

“In April 2006, payment thresholds were raised for GPs who participate in Scotland’s Ouality and Outcomes Framework. GPs were required to meet new, higher thresholds on some indicators to receive maximum levels of payment. In this paper, OHE’s Yan Feng and her colleagues examine whether this change in fact improved GP performance and whether the impact differed across GPs. Specifically, they examine whether low-, mid- and high-performing GPs changed behaviour and, if so, to what extent.”

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FCC [Federal Communications Commission - US] to allocate spectrum for wireless medical monitoring – CNN Health – 17 May 2012

The Federal Communications Commission says it plans to allocate spectrum bandwidth for use of body sensors that would monitor a patient’s vital signs wirelessly.

The spectrum will work specifically with MBAN (medical body area network) sensor devices. Similar in size and shape to a Band-Aid, the sensors would be disposable and include a low-power radio transmitter, according to an FCC official.

The primary function is to monitor a patient’s temperature, pulse, blood glucose level, blood pressure and respiratory health wirelessly.

“The benefits are clear: increased mobility, better care and lower costs,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tells CNN.

Here’s how it works: Using the newly allocated spectrum bandwidth, the sensors on a patient’s body would wirelessly form a network, aggregate the results and transmit that data to centralized computer systems.

The idea is to provide real-time results for health care staff and more comfort for patients because they won’t be attached to machines by wires.

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Summary of the Evidence on Performance of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) – NHS Kidney Care – May 2012

Extract from the Background:

“What is Patient Activation?

Patient Activation refers to people’s ability and willingness to take on the role of managing their health and health care. The concept of activation focuses on skills and knowledge required for day-to-day management of one’s own health. Positive changes in patient activation can lead to positive self-management behaviour changes in patients with chronic conditions.

Patient activation interventions have been developed for patients with cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obstetrical and gynaecological issues, and end-stage renal disease. Such interventions work to increase patient involvement in personal healthcare through education and skill-building, often targeted toward patients initiating specific conversations with their clinicians, thereby promoting a bidirectional interaction between clinicians and patients.

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Neither Public Nor Private: A Health Care System Muddling Through

Neither Public Nor Private: A Health Care System Muddling Through | E-Health | Scoop.it
America's hybrid health care system is inefficient, but it's the best we've got.
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Le Guide pratique du projet DMP en établissement de santé, 2ème édition

Le Guide pratique du projet DMP en établissement de santé, 2ème édition | E-Health | Scoop.it

Le Guide pratique du projet DMP en établissement de santé a pour objectif d’aider les établissements de santé publics et privés, de toute taille, à se préparer dans les meilleures conditions à offrir le service DMP à leurs praticiens et à leurs patients.

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Judith Salerno & John Hoffman at TEDMED 2012

What are the consequences if the obesity epidemic rages on? John Hoffman and Judith Salerno explain how the issue is no longer personal, but national.
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June: A Big Month For ACO Watchers

June: A Big Month For ACO Watchers | E-Health | Scoop.it

As we trudge forward into various iterations of what and how ‘accountable care’ strategies can be sensibly configured and locally seeded for Medicare, Medicaid as well as commercial markets, attention is often focused on the ‘necessary’ but ‘not sufficient’ contribution(s) from health information technology (HIT). It is rare that a conversation centered on accountable care or ACOs in particular doesn’t shift to HIT, where EHRs, HIE’s (heath information exchanges) or other data banking or connectivity solutions aren’t a material part of the dialogue. Often posited as the central spine enabling the required coordination and integration essential to accountable care, the technology side of the challenge frequently preempts other issues including physician culture, clinical and financial risk management tolerance and sophistication, or the history of successful physician/hospital joint ventures, in the local market.

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