A new study is quelling any fears that online interaction with doctors -- whether it involves the ability to look up test results online, ask doctors question via email, or otherwise -- means the demise of face-to-face patient-doctor interaction.
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Another week in wearable tech has been dominated by Facebook. The custodian of Oculus Rift (can we have it placed into protective foster care? No? Anyone?) has been hosting its F8 conference this week, and putting stuff on your face was high up the agenda. The conference included a raft of wearable-based announcements on some…
When I published the first version of my Social Media Landscape in 2008, I was far from expected to see them overtake the web and shift the balance of power. And yet, here we are, 10 years laters with social platforms reigning supreme on the digital world. If the landscape hasn't changed much since last year, advertisers…
Twitter can be a great tool for doctors, physicians, nurses. Read how it can help you keep up to date, informed and connected in you field.
You’ve been keeping up with friends on Facebook for years. Email is pouring into multiple professional and personal accounts. Clinical tasks are piling up. Will you return that call to your mum? Invitations from colleagues to connect on LinkedIn, are gathering dust in your inbox… Maybe you actually need to meet with someone face to face?..
We are now expected to communicate using an overwhelming selection of different channels and networks. Many of us are already frustrated. So why would you want to use yet another social network?
Twitter is one of the more mature and well known social networks. But it is also one of the hardest to understand.
Le centre médical Grant, en Ohio aux États-Unis, utilise la réalité virtuelle pour former ses futurs urgentistes. Coiffés de leur casque, les étudiants sont plongés dans diverses situations d’urgences. Une nouvelle manière d’étudier la médecine.
Et si après les bouquins et la simu, la réalité virtuelle faisait son entrée dans les études médicales ? Depuis quelques mois, le centre médical Grant, situé en Ohio aux États-Unis, propose à ses urgentistes en formation d’utiliser la réalité virtuelle comme nouvel outil pédagogique. Les futurs médecins sont plongés dans différentes situations d’urgence grâce au casque HTC Vive. L’objectif est simple : familiariser les résidents aux visions et sons des salles de traumatologie.
Ronald Cobbley woke up with a stiff neck. It got worse and worse, so he went to the emergency department at Intermountain Riverton Hospital in Riverton, Utah. He was diagnosed with a staph infection in his collarbone and admitted. Surgery followed. Nothing unusual about his story.
Until, that is, he was sitting in his hospital bed watching TV. The screen blinked, and his program was replaced by the smiling face of Todd J. Vento, M.D., the medical director of Intermountain Healthcare's Infectious Diseases Telehealth program.
“It was odd at first," says Cobbley, 74, of South Jordan, Utah. “I had never met him before."
Odder still, says Cobbley, was when “he was able to use this softball-shaped gizmo that hangs off the television to focus in on my wife and I, and look at where the operation had been performed."
What if an app could replace a pill? That’s the big question behind an emerging trend known as “digital therapeutics.” The idea: software that can improve a person’s health as much as a drug can, but without the same cost and side-effects.
Digital therapeutics, or “digiceuticals,” as some call them, have become a Holy Grail in some quarters of Silicon Valley, where investors see the chance to deliver medicine through your smartphone. Andreessen Horowitz, the venture firm, even predicts digital drugs will become “the third phase” of medicine, meaning the successor to the chemical and protein drugs we have now, but without the billion-dollar cost of bringing one to market.
I often get asked about the difference between Digital Health and eHealth. Here’s what I think… You can transparently and equitably share not enough money but it’s still not enough money. At some point you have to consider the demand-side of the healthcare equation. eHealth eHealth is largely about driving supply-side efficiency, quality and safety in …
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Second part of tutorial given at Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar on February 18, 2017 (https://qatar-weill.cornell.edu/bchp/socialMediaResearchPracticeHealthDomai…
Kardia was the very first health sensor I have ever used, and I was fortunate enough to follow its evolution. Now, the company, AliveCor sent me their latest version of the Kardia Mobile heart health monitor. Check out my review below! The progress of a health sensor Alivecor has a special meaning to me, since …
It’s more complicated to create an engaging app than many business managers expect, especially in healthcare, one of the most complex industries. There are often different, opposing forces at work that make the task more challenging.
Your odds of an excellent outcome increase significantly if you keep one word in mind: prioritization.
In other words, deeply understanding a user’s priorities based on a changing context makes all the difference. What’s important enough to motivate a user to launch your app and to do so regularly? Does your approach make the user’s life easier, or does your interface baffle and confuse them?
Silicon Valley, a paradise for startups and entrepreneurs, the land of Google, Apple and Facebook... this is where e-health is in part being built. As it does every year, Rock Health, the Californiabased ehealth accelerator, has released its annual review of investment in this field.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is,” says Elsie Ross, a vascular surgeon at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who was not involved with the work, “and how much I really hope that doctors start to embrace the use of artificial intelligence to assist us in care of patients.”
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L'intelligence collective des êtres humains permet d'agréger de nombreuses données et de donner sens au Big Data afin de résoudre les problèmes du siècle.
À l’ère du Big Data, l’intelligence collective des êtres humains permet de générer de nombreuses données pour résoudre certains des principaux problèmes de l’humanité. De même, elle permet d’analyser certaines données plus efficacement que les algorithmes informatiques. Découvrez la relation étroite entre intelligence collective et Big Data.
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Patients generate more health-related data from wearable technology all the time—but that doesn’t always mean doctors can use it.
As the number of wearable devices capable of tracking health-related metrics continues to grow, the ultimate utility of fitness trackers and wrist-worn heart rate monitors remains questionable. Despite some promise for tracking certain patients’ health between office visits, most physicians have seen little clinical use for the majority of the data generated by the most common wearables.
Part of the issue with wearable data may lie in the difficulty doctors have in integrating that information into current electronic health record (EHR) systems, suggested an article in Medical Economics. John Sharp, senior manager of the non-profit Personal Connected Health Alliance, said physicians and patients might be better served by a system that pulls wearable health data into a common interface.
Monitoring healthcare IT networks is a crucial part of IT operations for every federal entity, whether civilian, or defense.
IT plays a crucial role in every federal entity, civilian, or Department of Defense (DoD). If the network goes down or a security breach occurs, it can have a direct impact on the mission. In a healthcare environment, an IT failure can put military or civilian lives at stake, significantly impacting patient care and wellbeing.
This is a critical issue across the DoD as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—the two largest federal entities. In these agencies’ healthcare environments, there is no margin for error; the network must always be up and running, and doctors and nurses must be able to access patient data 24/7.
Adding to the challenge is the size of healthcare networks and the vast amount of data they store. Think about every DoD and VA facility and how each must be part of the greater agency network. Then consider each patient, each visit, and each type of illness—and every record and scan associated with that patient and illness—that must be stored and tracked across the environment. On top of that is the day-to-day operations of each facility, with financial and HR departments, which may itself encompass a large enterprise.
For a federal IT pro in this environment, what is the best way to monitor and keep this type of extremely large health IT network running smoothly and consistently? The answer can be found by implementing the following five best-practice steps.
You know you’ve been there. You want to find a new doctor or you’ve already selected a new doctor and you are seeing them for the first time. What do you do? You Google! Before we go any further, let me first suggest that you become a discerning Googler when it comes to healthcare.
Many times, I end up having to dig deeper to page 2 or 3 or 4 on an online search to find substantial, credible information, and that’s crazy. Having to dig to page 3 or 4 to find the credible health information we seek is insane and poses a real problem for physicians and healthcare practices.
Today I’m passing along a great podcast for those interested in healthcare social media. The podcast, “Doctor’s Reviews are In,” from Amazon #1 Best Selling Author, Daniel Lemin, tackles an interesting aspect of social media: online physician reviews. Mr. Lemin sat down with Dr. Kevin Pho, the premier expert and leading physician voice for all things healthcare social media. If you haven’t checked out his comprehensive encyclopedia of a blog, you must. He publishes four times a day. Wow.
Inevitably, behemoth sites such as healthgrades.com and vitals.com come up first in any physician related online search. On these two sites, there is currently no requirement and no way to verify if a patient who writes a review has actually been seen by the physician they have reviewed. Healthgrades mentions they verify the person posting is not a spammer by “going through several validation steps,” such as confirming a reviewer’s email address. There is no mention of ability to confirm the patient actually saw the physician. I could not find an FAQ section on vitals. I looked for a few minutes. Either it’s not there or it is buried in some section of the website that is difficult to find, rendering it the same as not existing.
There is at least one online review company that offers verified reviews. ZocDoc offers a number of pretty cool tools: ability to schedule appointments online, to store redundant, painful check-in paperwork, and to review physicians you have seen. Their website is pretty slick, and easy on the eyes.
So what’s a physician to do? Rely on word of mouth? Ignore fake reviews? Continue to be incognito online? No! Today it is more important than ever for physicians to be proactive about building their online reputation. Dr. Pho eloquently points out that the practicing physician voice is almost totally missing from the online world. In addition, he stated that when a review is legitimate, studies suggest that most reviews are, in fact, positive!
I like Dr. Pho’s recommendations to offset and manage a physician’s online reputation. Dr. Pho suggests taking a proactive, positive and creative approach to managing online reputations in healthcare.
There was so much fantastic information covered in the podcast. I suggest taking a listen for yourself. The podcast is available on Manipurated.com, here. View my recommendations for additional ideas to start building an online brand in my previous post, “A lesson in personal branding: hiding online is no longer an option.
Taking a proactive approach to managing online reputation in healthcare will increasingly become important as patient satisfaction scores are already starting to drive reimbursement from payers. Furthermore, patients are demanding a better service experience from their healthcare providers as healthcare costs are now frequently pushed down to the patient in the form of higher co-pays/co-insurance, consumer driven healthcare plans with high deductibles, and rising chronic disease epidemics. Dr. Pho points out that healthcare tends to lag a few years behind the newest trends. Now that most of us can’t even eat at a restaurant without “Yelping” it first, I think it is safe to say, we are almost there with healthcare. I for one, am excited to see what the “Yelp” of healthcare will be!
IBM has a long-standing commitment to health care and global health. This week the company revamped its “patient portal.” Dubbed the IBM Patient Empowerment System, it now acts like a social network for participating patients.
Especially intriguing here is the interactive nature of the Patient Empowerment System–if a person has an urgent question about the interaction of two drugs, the system will cross check his or her medical records and background and warn yes or no to taking a particular medicine. It also allows patients to log in, update their profiles with prescription information, symptom complaints, blood pressure readings, and to find other patients struggling with similar illnesses or diseases. A patient can send a message to other patients and ask questions about certain medications or offer advice from personal experience.
“Most patients do not have the same access to information available to physicians, such as treatment updates or new warnings from the FDA,” said Joseph Jasinski, IBM Research. “And physicians are not always privy to ongoing patient updates, such as eating habits or long-term monitoring of vital signs. These partial pictures limit the level of care that physicians can provide, as well as the care patients can provide for themselves. The IBM Patient Empowerment System merges these realms, bringing important data to both parties.”
Other medical-focused social networks already exist; PatientsLikeMe is an independent online social network that connects patients based on disease affliction and the focus is on sharing the experience of what it’s like to go through the particular illness–like a social support network.
The IBM system is different for its focus on institutional affiliations–hospitals sign up and integrate the portal into their office procedures.
“Today, patients want to be more involved in managing their clinical data, and are eager to discover relevant and useful medical information for their benefit,” noted Dr. DongKyun Park from Gacheon University Gil Hospital in Korea, the pilot center of the new Patient Empowerment System.
If cities can do it, why not hospitals?
Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Such a breakthrough would be a "holy grail" for life sciences. Many life sciences companies have tried and failed, as it's highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin.
The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways, the people said.
… speculation has been flying around since the company snapped up about a dozen biomedical experts from companies like Vital Connect, Masimo Corp, Sano, Medtronic, and C8 Medisensors. Some of these people joined the secretive team dedicated to glucose, sources said, while others are on Apple Watch team.
One of the people said that Apple is developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose. Accurately detecting glucose levels has been such a challenge that one of the top experts in the space, John L. Smith, described it as "the most difficult technical challenge I have encountered in my career." The space is littered with failures, as Smith points out, but that hasn't stopped companies from continuing to attempt to crack this elusive opportunity.
To succeed would cost a company "several hundred millions or even a billion dollars," DexCom executive chairman Terrance Gregg previously told Reuters.
The breakthrough would be a boon for millions of people with diabetes, spur new medical research and open up a potential market for consumers to track their blood sugar for health and wellness insights. It could turn the Apple Watch into a "must have" rather than a "nice to have" for people who would benefit from an easier way to track their blood sugar.
Apple isn't the only technology company eyeing opportunities in the space. Verily, Google's life sciences team, is currently working on a "smart" contact lens to measure blood sugar via the eye (but read “Google’s ‘Smart Lens’ for Glucose Monitoring Not Such a Smart Idea After All!”) and it partnered up with DexCom in 2015 to develop a glucose-sensing device no bigger than a bandage.
Via Pharma Guy
Social media use is ever increasing amongst young adults and has previously been shown to have negative effects on body image, depression, social comparison, and disordered eating. One eating disorder.
Our results suggest that the healthy eating community on Instagram has a high prevalence of orthorexia symptoms, with higher Instagram use being linked to increased symptoms. These findings highlight the implications social media can have on psychological wellbeing, and the influence social media ‘celebrities’ may have over hundreds of thousands of individuals. These results may also have clinical implications for eating disorder development and recovery.
Operating extensively within the digital healthcare industry, both as a startup, as well as a digital marketing agency supporting global pharmaceutical companies has taught us that both have a need that the other can readily offer.
As pharma and consumer healthcare companies are quickly realising, the future of healthcare lies in the technologies of tomorrow. For digital healthcare startups on the other hand, the opportunities to see their dreams realised have never been more exciting. So, how and why can both the pharma company and the startup make positive headway here.