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Terminologies Profiling IT Usage Within Healthcare

Terminologies Profiling IT Usage Within Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Health TelematicsHealth Telematics is a composite term for health-related activities, services and systems, carried out over a distance by means of information and communications technologies, for the purposes of global health promotion, disease control,...
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Infographic: Check out these physician-patient communication stats | Articles

Infographic: Check out these physician-patient communication stats | Articles | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

See which providers spend more time with patients and who does most of the talking.

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The New Way Doctors Learn | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

The New Way Doctors Learn | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Turning a medical student into a doctor takes a whole lot of knowledge. B. Price Kerfoot, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, was frustrated at how much knowledge his students seemed to forget over the course of their education. He suspected this was because they engaged in what he calls “binge and purge” learning: They stuffed themselves full of facts and then spewed them out at test time. Research in cognitive science shows that this is a very poor way to retain information, as Kerfoot discovered when he went looking in the academic literature for answers. But he also stumbled upon a method that really is effective, called spaced repetition. Kerfoot devised a simple digital tool to make engaging in spaced repetition almost effortless. In more than two dozen studies published over the past five years, he has demonstrated that spaced repetition works, increasing knowledge retention by up to 50 percent. And Kerfoot’s method is easily adapted by anyone who needs to learn and remember, not just those pursuing MDs.

 

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Pinterest for Heath is a Beautiful Thing . . . Literally

How could Pinterest be used to generate business and patient engagement? What sorts of content should we be pinning? What sorts of boards should we be creating? What are we to do in the absence of categories for health or medicine?

 

E.g. http://pinterest.com/nrip/medical-websites/

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SXSW shows why healthcare social media is here to stay

SXSW shows why healthcare social media is here to stay | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
what will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?

 

The healthcare industry must face the fact that social media is here to stay. One glaring message from SXSW: It's now imperative that hospitals--and EVERY industry--take it seriously.

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HEAT Programme | Open University

HEAT Programme | Open University | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

HEAT is a radical programme launched in early 2011 by The Open University with a bold ambition – to reach and help train 250,000 frontline healthcare workers across sub-Saharan Africa by 2016.

 

This is the Home page for the HEAT Programme which focuses on Health Education and Training (HEAT) in Africa. The first project upgrading the skills of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) is piloting in Ethiopia.

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Mobile: The biggest trend in health care communications

Mobile: The biggest trend in health care communications | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Your smartphone is going to help patients make better health care decisions.

 

The time for mobile health has come. Both patients and health care providers (HCPs) are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile technologies.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of physicians have incorporated mobile devices into their day-to-day practice. The smartphone is becoming essential for professional use and, according to a recent study by Telenor Group, it is the most popular technology among doctors since the stethoscope.

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Physicians Who Use EHRs Order More Imaging Tests, Study Finds

Physicians Who Use EHRs Order More Imaging Tests, Study Finds | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
A new Health Affairs study finds that physicians who can access patients' previous imaging tests through electronic health records order tests 40% more often than doctors who use paper records.
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Social media linking Las Vegas doctors, patients

Social media linking Las Vegas doctors, patients | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Jessica Watson has a Facebook friend who is interested in advising her how to eat healthy and loves to post things like the "Best 50 Workout Songs of the Year." Who is this health-conscious buddy,...
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Physicians and hospitals must make websites more patient-friendly

Physicians and hospitals must make websites more patient-friendly | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Accessibility is the key to a good consumer experience, especially for health care organizations.

 

If physicians are planning to launch a new website or revamp an old one, a study says they're better off not looking at other medical sites for inspiration -- especially on how to write or present their content.

 

A study in the January/February issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management looked at what makes an effective website and measured how some of the nation's hospitals and health systems are doing.

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A Look at the Effects of Social Media on Healthcare - Soliant Health

A Look at the Effects of Social Media on Healthcare - Soliant Health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
More and more, people on social networks are talking about how to find the right places to seek out medical treatment or the right questions to ask their health care practitioner to help that practitioner in their diagnosis.
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20 Classic Facebook Mistakes to Avoid in Healthcare Social Media

20 Classic Facebook Mistakes to Avoid in Healthcare Social Media | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The only things worse than not using social media is portraying yourself in a negative light through your healthcare social media. When you first get started, it’s easy to make some rookie mistakes. This is why it is important to have as many friendly eyes as possible on your social media output to catch these mistakes.

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Five key considerations for healthcare facilities before moving to the cloud

Five key considerations for healthcare facilities before moving to the cloud | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The cloud. It seems like everyone, from technology pundits to mothers in TV commercials is, talking about how computing is moving to the cloud – the delivery of applications to distributed users from a central location rather than putting software on individual PCs or local servers.

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How Practices Can Benefit From Text Messaging | Nrip Nihalani

How Practices Can Benefit From Text Messaging | Nrip Nihalani | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

People consider SMS's (Text Messaging) as the most convenient form of keeping in touch with the people around them. It is no surprise then that Text Messaging has been found to be the most liked feature on mobile phones.

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#HAchat Recap: The Doctor Will Tweet You Now | WEGO Health Blog

#HAchat Recap: The Doctor Will Tweet You Now | WEGO Health Blog | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
With so much health information online, how are Healthcare Professionals interacting? Check out what Health Activists (& HCPs!) had to say in this week’s #HAChat.
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Refer patients to Twitter for weight loss

Refer patients to Twitter for weight loss | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Social media is not a substitute for clinical care, but in the absence of clinical services for obesity, it is a free resource that may be of benefit.

 

Lifestyle interventions are effective, but require multiple visits of behavioral, nutrition, and exercise counseling over 6 months to 2 years if delivered true to original form. Few medical centers offer such services, leaving this care to be handled by commercial vendors or simply leaving patients to deal with their weight on their own. This predicament is likely a factor in the development of a $60 billion fad diet industry, which further leads our patients astray for how to manage their weight. The sort-of good news is that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently decided to allow primary care physicians to bill for behavioral counseling for obesity; but with PCPs in short supply, lacking time for intensive counseling, and lacking training in behavioral modification, nutrition, and exercise science, it is not certain this decision will have any impact on the clinical care of obesity at all. This leaves us is with no affordable clinical services for obesity.

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4 Reasons Twitter Is a Great Health Resource

4 Reasons Twitter Is a Great Health Resource | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

If you’re like many of us, the minute you or someone you care about is diagnosed with something, you go online to do research. You may even reach out to your Facebook friends. You’re far less likely to think, “Hey! Now that I have cancer/diabetes/MS, I better get a Twitter account!” If you can’t understand what people get out of Twitter, this post is for you.

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Maintaining relationships with your patients by maximizing your online presence.

Medical practices that take full advantage of today's online consumer-driven culture will leave other practices in their wake. With today's modern consumers looking to the Internet more and more for finding medical solutions for their family, it is imperative that your practice uses all of the tools available for creating and maintaining its online presence. We all know that having a functional Web site these days is a necessity for practically any business in any industry; however, taking your online presence further by using a few techniques can set up your practice for great success. Your online marketing should help your practice with managing patient relationships at all levels. To best reach this goal, continually analyzing data and updating your online marketing approach will help further drive leads and conversions. Using a few search engine optimization techniques as well as optimal design and marketing methods will allow you to more easily find prospective patients, build trust and credibility with your current patients, and manage your reputation.

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Syracuse, NY Dentist Launches Social Media Network for Increased Patient Communication and Interaction

Syracuse, NY Dentist Launches Social Media Network for Increased Patient Communication and Interaction | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Dr. Karen Lawitts, dentist in Syracuse, NY, invites patients to join her practice's social media channels to remain-in-the-know on important dental information.
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The New Way Doctors Learn

The New Way Doctors Learn | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Turning a medical student into a doctor takes a whole lot of knowledge. B. Price Kerfoot, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, was frustrated at how much knowledge his students seemed to forget over the course of their education. He suspected this was because they engaged in what he calls “binge and purge” learning: They stuffed themselves full of facts and then spewed them out at test time.

 

Research in cognitive science shows that this is a very poor way to retain information, as Kerfoot discovered when he went looking in the academic literature for answers. But he also stumbled upon a method that really is effective, called spaced repetition. Kerfoot devised a simple digital tool to make engaging in spaced repetition almost effortless. In more than two dozen studies published over the past five years, he has demonstrated that spaced repetition works, increasing knowledge retention by up to 50 percent. And Kerfoot’s method is easily adapted by anyone who needs to learn and remember, not just those pursuing MDs.

 

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An app a day can keep ill health at bay

An app a day can keep ill health at bay | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Apps on smartphones and iPads can now quickly transmit X-ray images for midnight consultations or dish out quick tutorials for doctors and medical staff...
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Survey of how people view the medical Internet and the impact of medical website usage on the patient/physician relationship.

Survey of how people view the medical
Internet and the impact of medical website usage on the patient/physician
relationship.

 

The survey was conducted over the Internet in November/December, 2001 by Russell Marketing Research, Inc., an independent research firm based in New York. Russell Marketing Research contributed to the development of the questionnaire, and was responsible for the sampling and recruitment of respondents, dissemination of the study questions via the Internet, and the gathering and tabulation of data.
A total of 2000 randomly selected individuals were contacted and invited to participate in this survey by filling out a questionnaire on a website maintained by Russell Marketing Research. Respondents were members of Survey Sampling, Inc.'s (SSI) Survey Spot Online Panel. Under the administration of Russell Marketing Research, the recruitment was conducted in two phases:
Phase One: SSI recruited online users from over 1,000 online and offline methods, including website registrations, banner ads, mail-in postcards, and telephone. These people are included in what SSI calls their "e-LIT" population. This population currently has about 9 million Internet users.
Phase Two: SSI sent e-mails to the e-LIT population, recruiting them to join the Survey Spot panel. This panel currently represents 260,000 households and over 900,000 individuals. Various demographic and usage data was captured upon registration.
An incentive was offered for completion of the survey. All respondents were entered into a drawing where they could win one of several cash prizes totaling $10,000.

 

An absolute requirement for entry into the survey was use of the medical Internet. Of the two thousand (2,000) people contacted, 231 completed the questionnaire, a response rate of 11.5%.
Apart from standard demographic inquiries, two types of questions were used in this survey.
The first type was a closed-ended question in which the respondent was asked to indicate his/her level of agreement with a statement by selecting a rating from a 5-point agreement scale. The 5-point agreement scale used in this study was strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree somewhat, and strongly disagree.
The other type used was the open-ended question in which the respondent was given the opportunity to express in his/her own words his/her opinion in response to a given question.
Because of the small number of respondents, we have grouped together strongly agree and agree somewhat as "agree" and disagree somewhat and strongly disagree as "disagree" when presenting results. The tables, from which the results are derived, maintain the separate categories.
The margin of error for this survey was +/- 6.9% at the 95% confidence level.

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Mobiles and medicine: The brave new world of mHealth - CNN.com

Mobiles and medicine: The brave new world of mHealth - CNN.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Mobile communications technology could revolutionize healthcare. Here are some of the most innovative mobile health initiatives.

 

MHealth," as it is known, has moved beyond a mere buzzword and now stands at a tipping point, say backers.


According to recent analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the GSM Association, an industry body representing nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators in 219 countries, mobile-enabled services will become integral to healthcare delivery by 2017, creating a global market worth about $23 billion.

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Social Media: Is More Needed in Healthcare?

Social Media: Is More Needed in Healthcare? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Getting involved with social media is like following through with a workout plan; in the beginning, the potential for big results fuel a gung ho attitude. As the days turn into weeks, bad habits creep in when the fruits of hard work are not as grand or immediate as expected.

 

Similarly, organizations expect a lot out of social media. Its glamour and promises push companies to delve into its deep waters, but like all strong tools, a great reward only comes with hard work. Social media can work well when ingenuity and a long-term plan to realize benefits are employed—not boilerplate strategies.

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amednews: Legal risks of going paperless :: March 5, 2012 ... American Medical News

amednews: Legal risks of going paperless :: March 5, 2012 ... American Medical News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Electronic medical records are meant to save time and money, but they also can create liability issues for doctors.

 

Defense attorney Catherine J. Flynn knows how electronic medical records can overwhelm — and often change — the course of a medical liability lawsuit.

 

In one of her cases, a New Jersey doctor being sued for medical negligence has been accused by a plaintiff’s attorney of modifying a patient’s electronic history. A printing glitch caused the problem, Flynn said, but the accusation has meant extra time and defense costs. Computer screen shots were reviewed, more evidence was gathered and additional arguments were made.

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