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Is This The Digital Health Revolution?

Is This The Digital Health Revolution? | ehealth |

Somos muy conscientes de las capacidades que se encuentran dentro de nuestros smartphones y computadoras, pero la vida con diabetes se nos presenta con una mezcla aleatoria de la electrónica: bombas, glucómetros, monitores continuos de glucosa (CGMS) y otros dispositivos que están solos y, por desgracia, hablan diferente idiomas.


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Pensamos 90% en imágenes

Pensamos 90% en imágenes | ehealth |
100 mil millones de imágenes circulan en Facebook , el 77% del total del contenido compartido en Facebook. La imagen es el contenido preferido.
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Nuestra cultura es visual o auditiva

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Social Media And Depression: Instagram's New Mental Health Feature Sends Help To Users With Concerning Photos

Social Media And Depression: Instagram's New Mental Health Feature Sends Help To Users With Concerning Photos | ehealth |
The idea is that people who are suicidal often spend time on the internet seeking support, so its is the best channel to reach them through.

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David Bell: Designing Digital Marketing Strategies for Pharma Companies

With the publishing of his co-authored e-book “Pharma 3D: Rewriting the Script for Pharma Marketing in the Digital Age” (April 2016) Professor David Bell o
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[PDF] Skills for a Digital World

[PDF] Skills for a Digital World | ehealth |
The pervasiveness of digital technologies in daily life is fundamentally changing the way individuals access and elaborate knowledge. Individuals have to process complex information, think systematically and take decisions weighting different forms of evidence. They also have to continuously update their skills to match rapid technical change at the workplace. More fundamentally, in order to seize the new opportunities that digital technologies are opening in many areas, individuals have to develop the right set of skills to make a meaningful use of these technologies.
Increasing use of digital technologies at work is raising the demand for new skills along three lines: ICT specialist skills to programme, develop applications and manage networks; ICT generic skills to use such technologies for professional purposes; and ICT complementary skills to perform new tasks associated to the use of ICTs at work, e.g.: information-processing, self-direction, problem-solving and communication. Foundation skills, digital literacies as well as social and emotional skills are crucial to enable effective use of digital technologies by all individuals in their daily lives.
To ensure that individuals can engage in digital activities and adapt rapidly to new and unexpected occupations and skills needs, a stronger emphasis has to be placed in promoting strong levels of foundation skills, digital literacies, higher order thinking competencies as well as social and emotional skills.
These changes in the demand for skills present two major challenges to skills development systems, including formal education, training and the recognition of skills acquired through non-formal learning. First, while there is awareness that the skills profile of citizens and workers will be very different than in the past, the skills of the future are difficult to identify with certaintydue fast technological changes. The second challenge is to ensure that, once changes in skills have been identified, skills development systems adjust sufficiently fast to match new skills demands.
While raising the demand for new skills, digital technologies are also creating new opportunities for skills development. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER) modify learning methods and give access to quality resources to a larger population over more flexible
hours. The use of digital technologies in formal education and vocational training has the potential to improve learning, although the outcomes depend on the capacity to link these tools to effective pedagogy.
Big data analytics can also complement labour market information systems with a more timely and precise monitoring of changing skills demand to adapt skills development and activation policies. Lastly, the increase in the quantity of data that are collected on education and labour markets on a daily basis through online courses, administrative records and online job vacancies, and their exploitation through data analytics can open endless avenues for research and innovation in education and training and helps to better inform policy decisions.
In spite of their potential, these initiatives have, thus far, remained a niche. Barriers to their adoption include limits on learners and teachers/trainers’ capacity to take advantage of digital technologies; concerns about the quality of online education; and the lack of recognition for learning outcomes. Policies to overcome these barriers and to ensure consistency and quality, especially in an international marketplace, are key to grasping the learning opportunities created by these tools.

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How Technology Is Revolutionising Adult Learning

How Technology Is Revolutionising Adult Learning | ehealth |

"Edtech is moving education out of the classroom and onto our mobile phones, making it accessible to anyone and everyone, and for little or no cost. With companies setting up new apps to help you revise and massive open online courses that allow you to complete an entire university-level course digitally, the possibilities for learning are now endless."

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Crea y aprende con Laura: HundrED. En busca de los 100 proyectos educativos + innovadores #Finlandia

Crea y aprende con Laura: HundrED. En busca de los 100 proyectos educativos + innovadores #Finlandia | ehealth |

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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | ehealth |
Do you know the answer to the next simple question? "What do you know about web 2.0 technology?" What's so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0. Although they never had a life without technology, they just don't know…

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This article gives me hope that someday the Internet will be a real resource for specific information without the mountains of unnecessary information that doesn't really apply to my searches.
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Do you know the answer to the next simple question? "What do you know about web 2.0 technology?" What's so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0.

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EU's mHealth "Moon Shot:" Validate Data Collected by Apps!

EU's mHealth "Moon Shot:" Validate Data Collected by Apps! | ehealth |

The European Commission is working towards improving the safety and transparency of health information collected by mobile apps.

Its newly set up mHealth app working group will be tasked with assessing the validity and reliability of the data that is collected and processed.


The Commission also wanted it to produce draft guidelines for the area, which it says should be ready to be published by the end of this year.

The promise of health app guidelines follows the Green Paper on mobile health issued by the Commission in 2014, when it outlined the technology's potential to empower citizens to manage their own health, improve quality of care and comfort for patients and assist health professionals in their work.


The European Commission said: “The large number of lifestyle and wellbeing apps available, combined with no clear evidence on their quality and reliability, is raising concerns about the ability of consumers to assess their usefulness.


“This could limit the effective uptake of mHealth apps to the benefit of public health.”

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Samsung apuesta por el hogar inteligente

Samsung apuesta por el hogar inteligente | ehealth |

“El año pasado hablamos de la intersección de contenido y tecnología. Este año hemos ampliado la oferta. Romper barreras está en nuestro ADN”, arrancó Tim Baxter, presidente de Samsung en EE UU. Hace cinco años comenzaron a hablar de estilo de vida, en lugar de pensar en productos separados, se propusieron unir el ecosistema. Por el camino han aprendido que no pueden trabajar solos, que las alianzas con otros fabricantes y aparatos. El resultado comienza a dar sus frutos. Son líderes en este campo y quieren fortalecer su posición. Smart Things Extend pretende hacer más profunda esta experiencia. Se trata de un pequeño dispositivo que se conecta a través del puerto USB a la televisión y la convierte en la plataforma de gestión de luces, monitores de vigilancia de bebés, cámaras de seguridad o persianas robotizadas. Este complemento se dará de manera gratuita a todos los que compren uno de sus pantallas de alta definición durante 2016.

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10 Indian Digital Health Startups to Watch - HIT Consultant

10 Indian Digital Health Startups to Watch - HIT Consultant | ehealth |

India's digital health startups are joining the table with a tried & trusted strategy – bridging the gap between providers and end-users.

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10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Could Make Me a Better Doctor

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Could Make Me a Better Doctor | ehealth |

I was watching the movie Her for the second time and I was fascinated again about the scene in which the main character played by Joaquin Phoenix got his new operating system with artificial intelligence (AI) and started working with that. I couldn’t stop thinking about the ways I could use such an AI system in my life and how it actually could make me a better doctor.

Don’t get me wrong, I think empathy and great communication with patients can make a doctor better, but as the amount of medical information is exponentially growing; as the time for dealing with patients and information is getting less, it is becoming humanly impossible to keep up. If I could devote the time it takes now to deal with technology (inputting information, looking for papers, etc.) to patients, that would be a huge step towards becoming better.

Here are 10 ways AI could make me a better doctor and consequently live a better life.

1) Eradicate waiting time: Not only do patients have long wait times for their doctors, but doctors lose a lot of time everyday waiting for something (patients, lab results, etc.). An AI system that makes my schedule as efficient as possible directing me to the next logical task would be a jackpot.

2) Prioritize my emails: I deal with about 200 e-mails every single day. I try to teach Gmail how to mark an e-mail important or categorize them automatically into social media messages, newsletters and personal e-mails, it’s still a challenge. In Her, the AI system prioritized all the 3000 unread e-mails in a second. 

3) Find me the information I need: I think I have mastered the skill of searching for information online using Google and different kinds of search engines for different tasks; however, it still takes time. What if an AI OS could answer my questions immediately by looking up the answer online?

4) Keep me up-to-date: There are 23 million papers on If I could read 3-4 papers of my field of interest per week, I couldn’t finish in a lifetime and meanwhile millions of new studies would come out. I need an AI to show me what I should really read that day. Now my curated social media networks do this job, although I’m sure it would be much more accurate with AI.

5) Work when I don’t: I can fulfil my online tasks (e-mails, reading papers, searching for information) when I use my PC or laptop, and I can do most of these on my smartphone. When I don’t use any of these, I obviously cannot work. An AI system could work on these when I don’t have any device in hand.

6) Help me make hard decisions rational: A doctor faces a series of critical decisions every day. The best we can do is to make those decisions as informed as possible. Some of them are still hard to make. I can ask people of whom I value their opinions and that’s it. Imagine discussing these with an AI system that is even more rational than you are.

7) Help patients with urgent matters reach me: A doctor has a lot of calls, in-person questions, e-mails and even messages from social media channels on a daily basis. In this noise of information, not every urgent matter can reach you. What if an AI OS could select the crucial ones out of the mess and direct your attention to it when it’s actually needed.

9) Help me collaborate more: In Her, the AI collected the letters the main character wrote and compiled them into one manuscript which she sent to a publisher that she thought would be willing to publish it. Similarly an AI could find the most potential collaborators and invite them to work on a paper or study I otherwise work on. This way, opening up my networks even more.

10) Do administrative work: A strong percentage of an average doctor’s day is spent with administrative stuff. An AI could learn how to do it properly and do it better than me by time. It could write down my thoughts and compile them anytime just as if I decided to sit down and write them down saving me an enormous amount of time.


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IMS Guide 201516 - Innovate My School

IMS Guide 201516 - Innovate My School | ehealth |

This unique publication explores the potential benefits, pitfalls, future trends and learning outcomes for 10 hot topics in education, providing you with a warts-and-all view of how they can impact a school and, ultimately, the learning experience of the pupil.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 1, 2015 3:01 PM

A useful 61page free ebook.

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, October 3, 2015 1:42 AM

Interesting resource - interesting that mention of 'global' partners comes under the 'Interactive technology' section

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#STEM #Innovation #SkillsGap

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10 trucos de experto para buscar en Google

10 trucos de experto para buscar en Google | ehealth |

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Twitter Is Trending in Academic Medicine

Twitter Is Trending in Academic Medicine | ehealth |

Twitter has changed how he works, said Jason Frank, MD (@drjfrank), a clinician-educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (@RoyalCollege). Frank is among a number of health professionals who are using this social media platform to share their scholarship, engage with the public, build new social networks, and advocate for change.

Twitter offers a means for educators, clinicians, and researchers to communicate and stay connected with each other in real time through brief 140-character messages. Instead of waiting to discuss new research in-person with a handful of colleagues or at a conference, academic medicine professionals can reach more people in more places through social media. “Within the next decade, you won’t be able to be a successful scholar without having some activity on social media,” Frank predicted.  

Social Networking Use Shot Up in the Past DecadePercentage of all American adults and internet-using adults who use at least one social networking site.
Source: Pew Research Center surveys, 2005-2006, 2008-2015. No data are available for 2007.
Advancing scholarship one tweet at a time

Stressing the impact of Twitter, Frank said he relies on #meded as one of his primary sources of information about new education research and to build a community of practice. By searching the social media network for this hashtag, he is quickly able to find other colleagues who are tweeting about medical education. For example, Frank might share a tweet (known as retweeting, or RT for short) about a new medical school curriculum and add context by commenting on how that information applies to his own work. Then another educator, someone outside North America perhaps, might read Frank’s tweet, which she found through a #meded search of her own, and add a comment about a course she introduced at her school. Now, a conversation has started about this new curriculum that stretches across the globe.

“Within the next decade, you won’t be able to be a successful scholar without having some activity on social media.”

Jason Frank, MD
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

These conversations benefit not only the participants, as they learn from each other, but also their followers, who are able to monitor and take part as the conversation unfolds. Twitter is “a way to connect with scholars all around the world who you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to connect with,” said Lauren Maggio, MS , MA, PhD (@LaurenMaggio), associate director of distributed learning and technology in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (@USUHSPAO).


Expanding Your Network, On and Offline

Want to learn more about leveraging social media to benefit your work and institution? Attend the 2017 AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement, March 29 to April 1 in Puerto Rico.

Sponsored by the AAMC Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA), the conference will include six sessions on establishing a social media presence in academic medicine. Among them:

Cultivating Content for Riding the Right Social Media TrendsPower Panel: What’s on Your Dashboard?Demystifying and Leveraging Media Metrics to Showcase Your Productivity and Impact

This annual conference is geared towards supporting academic medicine professionals in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and public affairs/community relations. Participants will hear from a compelling roster of speakers and have the opportunity to expand their professional networks, learn new skills, and share effective strategies for advancing their institutions.


In addition to learning about others’ research on Twitter, both Frank and Maggio said they use the platform to share their own research with other scholars to increase the influence of their work.

Reaching a broader audience

Another reason to start tweeting? According to the Pew Research Center (@pewresearch), social media use is ubiquitous across genders, races, and nearly every other demographic comparison. Potentially, you can reach 313 million adults worldwide who have Twitter accounts. Using Twitter, physicians can reach outside academic medicine to patients and the public, two groups that have traditionally been hard to engage.

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE (@seattlemamadoc), a pediatrician and the chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital (@seattlechildren), said that social media allows her to amplify her voice and reach a wider audience in a short amount of time.

After talking in the exam room with parent after parent about the value of vaccinating their children, Swanson realized that she could reach more parents by blogging and tweeting about vaccine science and safety than she could counseling one person at a time in the exam room. While others were using social media to spread untruths that were changing the face of vaccine science, Swanson used her Seattle Mama Doc blog and @seattlemamadoc Twitter handle to present the facts from experts in the field.

Without social media, Swanson estimates she could reach about 25 patients a day in the clinic and 10 more in care coordination. With social media, though, she can connect with millions with campaigns such as the 2015 #MeaslesTruth TwitterStormthat reached 20 million people in 10 minutes.

Although interactions like these on Twitter may not be as intimate as those in the exam room, they are helping families to understand science. “I don’t know how to practice without these tools anymore,” said Swanson.

Creating new social networks


The AAMC Embraces Social Media

The AAMC pioneered academic medicine’s use of social media in 2005 with its Aspiring Docs campaign. Today, the AAMC has 20 active Twitter handles totaling over 146 thousand followers, six Facebook pages, and accounts on platforms including YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and WordPress.  These platforms reach members, constituents, policymakers, medical school applicants and students, media, and the public.

“The fact that so many of our member medical schools and teaching hospitals are now on Twitter is incredibly exciting. It has opened up a new world of possibilities for connecting, sharing information, and highlighting innovations in medical education, patient care, and research across the nation,” said Stephanie Weiner, AAMC Senior Social Media Strategist.

Twitter has been an invaluable tool for AAMC advocacy activities, Weiner added, noting the successful campaigns: #SaveStudentAid, the American Doctor Shortage, and AAMC’s growing grassroots community, AAMCAction. With close to 185,000 community members, AAMCAction spurred close to 42,000 advocacy actions during 2016, including tweets to key Congressional members and expressions of support through online petitions.

“Although we don’t expect overnight success on all our channels, by building our online communities and taking calculated risks, we can help inspire our audiences to get engaged and make a difference,” Weiner said.

List of AAMC Twitter Contacts

As a way to process grief, Sarah Bernstein, MD (@sbernsteinmd), a pediatric resident at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (@uiccom), wrote about the first patient she lost. More than 170 people tweeted about her essay published in the journal Academic Medicine. Through these tweets, Bernstein connected with other physicians and nurses who had similar experiences, as well as with families who lost children or had babies in a neonatal intensive-care unit. From her story, these families told her, they learned “how much heart had gone into caring for their children.” Bridging the gap between families and physicians in this way wouldn’t have been possible without Twitter.

Using Twitter is an easier and less invasive way to reach out to a stranger than speaking in person or sending an email, said Bernstein. In this case, Twitter not only encouraged these connections, but also served as an avenue for comfort and healing for both families and a physician alike.

Enacting change

Twitter also allows physicians to take action. On Sept. 30, 2015, the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (@MQHRG) tweeted an excerpt of a rejection letter their scholars received from the journal BMJ (@bmj_latest). The rejection stated that “qualitative studies are an extremely low priority [for BMJ].” That same day, scholars from around the world used Twitter to express their outrage. They organized to submit an open letter in response to the decision. Hundreds of tweets were sent in the first few days using #BMJnoqual. Three weeks later, 76 researchers from 11 countries had signed the letter, which argued for the value of qualitative research.

In February 2016, BMJ published the letter. More than 1,600 people have since sent upward of 2,200 tweets about it, triggering BMJ editors to respond with their own open letter and a formal call for articles about qualitative research.

“If you’re in health care, social media is a critical element,” said Frank. For those not already on Twitter, communication departments of most academic medical centers will be able to provide guidance and share policies about how to engage in social media in a responsible, ethical manner.

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Twitter is trending as a professional development tool in academic medicine.

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Enflux, la ropa deportiva que registra tu movimiento en 3D -

Enflux, la ropa deportiva que registra tu movimiento en 3D - | ehealth |
Con la revolución de los wearables, en la actualidad todos los atletas pueden controlar todo tipo de parámetros para monitorizar su rendimiento deportivo.

Una startup de Cupertino ha querido ir un poco más allá y ha desarrollado prendas inteligentes que, además de medir datos como la frecuencia cardíaca o la velocidad, también son capaces de registrar los detalles de los movimientos para evaluar la eficiencia del entrenamiento.

Enflux, que es el nombre de esta ropa inteligente, se trata de una camiseta y un pantalón que integran diez sensores para rastrear el movimiento en 3D del usuario durante la práctica deportiva.

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[TEDxTalks] Neuroscience, AI and the Future of Education (Scott Bolland)

Currently around 63% of students are disengaged at school, meaning that they withdrawal either physically or mentally before they have mastered the skills that are required to flourish in later life. In this talk Scott Bolland explores the science of learning, the mismatch between how we teach and how the brain natural learns, and the important role that artificial intelligence could take in addressing the limitations in our current education system.

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Twitter en educación... ¿Para qué? ¿Cómo?

Twitter en educación... ¿Para qué? ¿Cómo? | ehealth |
Twitter puede ser de gran ayuda al docente en muchas maneras. Es fácil encontrar ideas que nos ayuden a empezar a utilizarlo en clase; después de echar un

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Muerte por powerpoint y como diseñar presentaciones efectivas

Como evitar la muerte por powerpoint dando estructura (guión) y siguiendo principios de diseño para determinar color, tipografía, fondos, animaciones, etc.

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Social Media Revolution 2015 #Socialnomics

Social Media Revolution 2015 by Erik Qualman. Video showcasing the power of social and mobile. Created by best selling author and keynote speaker Erik Qualma...

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Mark Wing's curator insight, December 16, 2015 4:49 PM

In the last 10+ years, the parameters of what defines ‘social media’ have expanded exponentially. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes social media as ‘forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content’.


Here is a list of all the social media platform types that fit this definition, along with a few examples of each:


Social networking sites – Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+Micro-blogging sites – Twitter, Tumblr, DipitySocial publishing tools – WordPress, Blogger, SquarespaceCollaboration tools – Wikipedia, Wikitravel, WikibooksSocial commerce sites – Polyvore, Wanelo, FabRating/Review sites – TripAdvisor, Amazon ratings, Angie’s ListPhoto sharing sites – Flickr, Instagram, PinterestVideo sharing sites – YouTube, Vimeo, ViddlerAudio sharing sites – SoundCloud, Podbean, audioBoomPersonal broadcasting tools – BlogTalkRadio, Ustream, LivestreamVirtual worlds – Second Life, World of Warcraft, FarmvilleLocation based services – Facebook Places, Foursquare, YelpPlug-ins/widgets – Profile badges, Like buttons, Share buttonsSocial bookmarking and news aggregation – Digg, StumbleUpon, FlipboardGroup buying – Groupon, LivingSocial, Crowdsavings
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Doctors Still Don’t Trust mHealth Apps

Doctors Still Don’t Trust mHealth Apps | ehealth |

A new report finds that consumers will more likely get their apps from stores, rather than doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, for the next few years.

Healthcare providers have taken a disturbing hit in a recent survey on mHealth app popularity.

According to Berlin-based Research2Guidance, more than half of providers surveyed say stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play are now and will be the best source for mHealth apps over the next five years – instead of recommendations from doctors, health systems or pharmacies.


This marks a shift from the firm’s 2010 survey, when more than 65 percent of healthcare practitioners said they’d be the ones to recommend mHealth apps to their patients. Five years later, that percentage has dropped to 48 percent of physicians and 46 percent of hospitals.


“In past years, an overriding optimism that mHealth apps would develop to become an integral part of healthcare led to the assumption that doctors and hospitals would begin including mHealth apps into their treatments, thus becoming the main distribution channel for mHealth apps,” R2G’s Sean Philips wrote in a recent blog. “By the end of 2015, however, this scenario still seems distant, leading to a more realistic judgment of the impact these channels will have on the distribution of mHealth apps until 2020.”

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2016 Will Be the Year of Smartphone-Connected mHealth Devices, Says PwC

2016 Will Be the Year of Smartphone-Connected mHealth Devices, Says PwC | ehealth |

Smartphone-connected device use, focus on behavioral health, and better databases for health information analysis, are within the top 10 trends in healthcare for 2016, according to PwC's annual Health Research Institute report. HRI also released results from a survey of 1,000 US consumers.


"In 2016, millions of American consumers will have their first video consults, be prescribed their first health apps and use their smartphones as diagnostic tools for the first time," the report reads. "These new experiences will begin to make real the dream of care anywhere, anytime, changing consumer expectations and fueling innovation."


Health apps and connected medical devices were underutilized in 2015, according to PwC. But this will change next year, in part, because of the move away from fee-for-service care as well as advances in wireless technology. One of HRI's main findings this year is that between 2013 and 2015, use of health-focused apps doubled. While in 2013, 16 percent of consumers said they had at least one health app on their device, in 2015, that number rose to 32 percent.


The adoption of these smartphone-connected health devices will be led by those using them for primary care and chronic disease management. These departments are already offering connected health devices, activity trackers, connected scales, health apps, and e-visits to their patients.

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Pharma Guy's curator insight, December 18, 2015 10:00 AM

Wearables too! See "FDA Approval Now Seen As Essential Ally to Prove Value of mHealth"; But, more than FDA approval is required. Download this presentation: "Mastering Mobile Social Media to Improve Health Outcomes";

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MIT Hackers (@MITHackMed) to "Certify" Consumer mHealth Apps. WHAAA?!

MIT Hackers (@MITHackMed) to "Certify" Consumer mHealth Apps. WHAAA?! | ehealth |

The Hacking Medicine Institute -- a group of hackers spun off from the healthcare entrepreneurship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- will soon start producing consumer reviews of mobile apps and other digital health tools that have been vetted by Harvard University clinicians, the nonprofit's co-founder said.


Set to launch in early December, these will consist of a consumer-focused list of the best apps, connected medical devices and technology-enabled services that are reviewed by Harvard physicians as well as by technical experts from MIT's Hacking Medicine Institute.


“None of the clinical institutes are willing to take that institutional risk to say, ‘These are the best' and to say, actually, [that] ‘these are unsafe at any speed.' But the Hacking Medicine Institute is a group of hackers, and we can take that risk,” said Zen Chu, a co-founder of the organization, which launched this past June.

The Cambridge, Mass.–based university isn't the first to try to bring order to the tangle of health apps proliferating today in Apple and Android stores.


One entity, Happtique, a subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association's for-profit arm, GNYHA Ventures, certified its first round of health apps in 2013, a year-and-a-half after announcing it wanted to begin its pay-for-certification program.


Under the program, Happtique evaluated apps' technical functionality and medical content. But the effort was suspended that same year after a health IT expert found security flaws in some of the 16 apps that initially passed muster.


The effort underscores the difficulty of paid certification for health apps. “The way Happtique went about it, trying to charge these little companies to go in and do a certification, is the wrong model,” commented Chu after the MM&M event. “It's got be done from the perspective of an unbiased nonprofit-driven organization for it to be credible and trusted both by physicians who want to prescribe [apps] as well as from patients and consumers.”


The Hacking Medicine Institute's overall mission involves measuring digital health outcomes—assessing whether digital health products and services really make people healthier.

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Pharma Guy's curator insight, December 3, 2015 7:38 AM

I think this group should change its name -- just sayin'

In any case, another group in the mHealth App "certification" game is IMS Health, although they claim what they are doing is not certification. For more on that, read "Another Mobile Health App "Certification" Program. Will It Succeed or #FAIL?" 

From WSJ (  

“There’s so much hype now,” said Zen Chu, MIT senior lecturer and faculty director of Hacking Medicine. “It’s great, in a way. It’s early stages, and there are so many startup companies. But they’re all having the same trouble. What’s actually working, and how do you prove that?”

Apps, connected medical devices and other high-tech bells and whistles don’t just need to be embraced by consumers, he said. They need to be accepted and recommended by doctors, as well as reimbursed by major insurance companies.

Rock Health, a San Francisco seed investor and major engine for new digital-health innovations, agreed that the digital-health landscape is big on bold claims, but short on conclusive evidence.

“The country is moving to value-based care,” said Malay Gandhi, a Rock Health managing director, about the move to reimbursing medical costs based on patient outcomes rather than the number of patients treated.  “So [digital-health products] need to be able to prove they are valuable.”

Mr. Gandhi said getting to that point will be far more complicated than simply proving a product works.

“Clinical trials can show efficacy,” he said. “For digital health, you need to show effectiveness. That’s different. The people who pay for things, like insurers, they want to see effectiveness.”

Where a drug can be shown to be efficacious when taken as directed, a digital-health program—for example, a weight-loss application—will in many cases have to demonstrate it has caused significant behavior change in a patient in order to be deemed effective, he said.

The digital-health companies being evaluated will have to show data on user engagement and behavior, the way other tech companies do, he said.

Most importantly, digital-health companies will need to show they actually cut the cost of administering care if they expect to be embraced by hospitals and insurance companies, Mr. Gandhi said.

According to Mr. Chu, who will be helping to run the new nonprofit institute, this data on human behavior change can be attained—but only by bringing together a wide range of different stakeholders.

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Linking social media and medical record data

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Background Social media may offer insight into the relationship between an individual's health and their everyday life, as well as attitudes towards health and the perceived quality of healthcare services.

Objective To determine the acceptability to patients and potential utility to researchers of a database linking patients’ social media content with their electronic medical record (EMR) data.

Methods Adult Facebook/Twitter users who presented to an emergency department were queried about their willingness to share their social media data and EMR data with health researchers for the purpose of building a databank for research purposes. Shared posts were searched for select terms about health and healthcare.

Results Of the 5256 patients approached, 2717 (52%) were Facebook and/or Twitter users. 1432 (53%) of those patients agreed to participate in the study. Of these participants, 1008 (71%) consented to share their social media data for the purposes of comparing it with their EMR. Social media data consisted of 1 395 720 posts/tweets to Facebook and Twitter. Participants sharing social media data were slightly younger (29.1±9.8 vs 31.9±10.4 years old; p<0.001), more likely to post at least once a day (42% vs 29%; p=0.003) and more likely to present to the emergency room via self-arrival mode and have private insurance. Of Facebook posts, 7.5% (95% CI 4.8% to 10.2%) were related to health. Individuals with a given diagnosis in their EMR were significantly more likely to use terms related to that diagnosis on Facebook than patients without that diagnosis in their EMR (p<0.0008).

Conclusions Many patients are willing to share and link their social media data with EMR data. Sharing patients have several demographic and clinical differences compared with non-sharers. A database that merges social media with EMR data has the potential to provide insights about individuals’ health and health outcomes.

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Manual de estrategias didácticas.

Manual de estrategias didácticas. | ehealth |

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Joselu's curator insight, September 3, 2015 6:27 AM

Interesante manual que me he apresurado a descargar para leer y evaluar. La primera impresión es muy buena.

Raúl Luna's curator insight, September 3, 2015 9:56 AM

Este manual de Estrategias didácticas es una recopilación y búsqueda
exhaustivas de actividades que pueden aplicarse en la educación a distancia, y también a la presencial, con la intención de mejorar y consolidar los procesos de aprendizaje de los estudiantes, tomando en cuenta sus diversas formas y estilos.

Silvia Acst's curator insight, October 14, 2015 7:11 AM

Muy interesante!!

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Google Works With Mayo Clinic to Share Health Knowledge

Google Works With Mayo Clinic to Share Health Knowledge | ehealth |

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 23, 2015 1:27 PM

"To help give their users the best health information possible, Google now provides relevant medical facts upfront. For example, a search for arthritis will show, beside the resulting links, a few basic facts about arthritis and a definition. To ensure quality and accuracy, all of the gathered facts were confirmed by medical doctors from around the United States, which were then vetted by expert clinicians at Mayo Clinic."