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What is Caring Science?

What is Caring Science? | Health care Big Data |

Holistic healing program created by the Watson Caring Science Institute.

A 3-day class offered by WCSI, Introduction to Human Caring Program, is available for medical staff, nurses and non-nurse personnel, and healthcare facility managers and leaders.

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Putting The Care (Empathy and Compassion) Back Into Health Care

Whether it's transplanting an organ or saving a premature baby, doctors can do things that would have been considered miracles 100 years ago. 
But while medical science has evolved, the need for doctors to be caring and compassionate hasn't changed. 

UC San Diego Medical School is trying to make sure aspiring doctors get that message. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us about one medical student that's seen the light.

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Donate Data! How Cultural Norms Will Shift for Healthcare Analytics | SiliconANGLE

Donate Data! How Cultural Norms Will Shift for Healthcare Analytics | SiliconANGLE | Health care Big Data |

At the recently concluded O’Reilly Fluent conference we had a chance to talk with Roger Magoulas, research director of O’Reilly Media. A regular on theCUBE, Roger is on the cutting-edge of the developer market, noting the important trends and people, offering some great insight for developers and the Fluent event itself.

One of the things O’Reilly has been working on that piqued Roger’s interest is how health and data interact. It’s not the most technical topic right now, but health data has traditionally been manual and researchers used to conduct studies on a sample populations more or less around a hundred people. Today, there are sensors, medical records and genetic data that shows more than a hundred different factors that you can actually look at.  This was an impossible task to manage in the past, but the ability to cross-analyze more and more data points has led to some interesting discoveries, such as the correlation that people who floss are less likely to get congestive heart disease.

“There’s this whole correlation-causation thing. It’s just that people who floss take better care themselves, but others think there are some physiology thing around the microbes,”  Roger says.  ”People in noisy places as an example — they have different health outcomes than people in quite places. So we are trying to create this notion of a platform that helps bring lots of data sources together, and apply the Strata data science staff to changes in health care.”

Given the recent developments with PRISM, personal data protection is a topic that’s front and center when it comes to analytics, particularly in healthcare. So how do they do this whole health data curation without getting in trouble with HIPAA? They are backed by meaningful use Stage 2 under the ‘Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act’ [HITECH Act] which states that people are entitled to their EMR data and they can do whatever they want with it, and that includes donating it to disease groups! That’s one of the big things O’Reilly is working on in the health data space right now; setting up a cultural norm of donating data.

Moreover, health data donors will love the fact that they will know different things about their lives that might have an effect on disease and how it’s expressed in their bodies. Obesity, for instance, is caused by a myriad of things, some of which aren’t immediately associated with personal weight gain, such as antibiotics.  Having a wider ream of data over longer periods of time will enable individuals to take more control over their own health, from a highly educated point of view.

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The (Healthcare) Social Network

The (Healthcare) Social Network | Health care Big Data |

Social media’s impact on the healthcare industry is greater than it’s ever been with entrepreneurs developing industry specific platforms and a cottage industry of “executive education” springing up

Social media – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to name but a few – have been impacting healthcare for as long as they have been around. Now, instead of simply using existing social media, healthcare entrepreneurs are developing platforms designed specifically for the industry.

Smart Phone Healthcare reports on ECG Capture, “an iPhone app that is being lauded as the ‘Instagram for Heart Attacks’” that was actually inspired by the online photo-sharing and social networking service. Developed by students and faculty from the University of Virginia, ECG Capture was tested more than 1,500 times and was found to transmit vital ECG data in less than six seconds, far less than the up to two minutes  traditional methods can take.

Forbes contributor Larry Husten describes ECG Capture by writing, “The iPhone app takes a photo of the ECG, reduces its size, and transmits the image over a standard cell phone network to a secure server. The image can then be viewed at the receiving hospital by physicians qualified to read an ECG.” This method of delivery, combined with drastic reduction of transmittal time, could save lives.

Facebook is also serving as inspiration to healthcare, from Wichita, KS, to Bristol in the United Kingdom.  The Wichita Business Journal reports on Adam Flynn, “a physician by trade (who) is leading an effort to push Electronic Medical Solutions LLC — a company he and two other partners own — forward to help health care providers share patient information securely and in real time.”

Flynn saw the need for a system to alert healthcare providers when electronically-stored patient information is available and designed a “Priorus system (that) works like other social media sites, such as Facebook, allowing information to be posted and shared quickly.” According to The Wichita Business Journal, “The main difference is that information is more secure, and Electronic Medical Solutions does an independent verification of each user before he or she is granted access.”

Flynn’s platform mirrors that of another Facebook-inspired clinical social network reported on by The Guardian. DocCom was an idea born in 2007 when “two young trainee surgeons frustrated by the ineffective communications that restricted (their) ability to make a difference” harnessed social networking technology to develop a secure cloud-based solution exclusively for healthcare. Dr. Jon Shaw, founder of DocCom, writes in The Guardian, “The DocCom system is like Facebook, and enables clinicians to find colleagues, connect, collaborate, and share information securely. The privacy of networks is protected by identity, validation, and authentication checks for users.”

Healthcare social media consultant Symplur didn’t repurpose an existing social media technology, rather it mined Twitter and incorporated the information found in tweets to design The Healthcare Hashtag Project. The goal of The Healthcare Hashtag Project is to make “the use of healthcare social media and Twitter more accessible for the healthcare community as a whole (by) lowering the learning curve of Twitter with a database of relevant hashtags.”


According to its website, Symplur’s database of hashtags reveal where healthcare conversations are taking place and who to follow within a specialty or disease, as well as provide trending information from conferences in real-time or archive.

Other organizations are following Symplur’s lead by helping organizations learn how to use existing social media effectively. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reported on an NHS Employers guide for chief executives that “explores how using social media platforms can help … develop a collaborative leadership style that helps get results in the complex system of health and social care.” It lists the top five tips on how social media can help chief executives in their day-to-day jobs as:

deliberative engagementsetting, maintaining and communicating a visionconsistent communication with multiple stakeholdersnetworking with peershelping build a collaborative leadership style

Healthcare Finance News offers five social media tips specifically for hospitals courtesy of Lee Aase, director of the Center for Social Media at Mayo Clinic, who said, “Using social media may be a fairly new concept to hospitals and health organizations – hospitals, for the most part, are three to four years behind the general public – but the return on investment can be incredible. If you keep your investment really small, you keep your ROI really high.”

Aase’s five tips include keeping things simple, utilizing Twitter and Facebook, and establishing a hospital blog. Aase concludes by saying the “Mayo Clinic’s success in utilizing social media comes from its multi-platform approach in which the hospital utilizes as many social media outlets as possible.”

HealthCanal takes the impact of social media one step beyond enhancing healthcare to serving as a catalyst that “can revolutionize medicine,” writing, “Social media are often beyond the control of government, and allow citizen groups to form, share information and respond more quickly and with greater reach than ever before. With so much disaffection with modern healthcare, will healthcare too soon have its own Arab spring?”

HealthCanal concludes by writing, “No one is saying Facebook or Twitter are the solution to changing health patterns (although they might help). The opportunity we have is to learn from the success of these technologies, and to understand how we can use similar tools in healthcare.”

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ChandAgarwala's curator insight, June 24, 2013 10:57 PM

Of late, Healthcare stakeholders have started use public social media and their data for geenrating insights on required medication and influencing product development. We hope lack of clarity on regulation and ethical concerns will not styme it. There is huge scope to address inefficiencies and improve productivity to control wastage.

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The Body as a Source of Big Data

The Body as a Source of Big Data | Health care Big Data |
Big Data—the ability to collect, process and interpret massive amounts of information—is one of today's most important technological drivers and has been focal point for the transformation of health care.

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ExpertVaping's comment, March 19, 2013 5:35 AM
Very very interesting infographic!
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Self-Compassion, a Better Motivator than Self-Criticism

Self-Compassion, a Better Motivator than Self-Criticism | Health care Big Data |

Self-compassion matters as the new science of positive psychology illuminates. Caring and nurturing yourself is not self-indulgent, it's smart.


In a nation founded on the incredibly dogged and persistent work ethic, laziness is seriously frowned upon. Accepting our mistakes and treating ourselves with the same care and grace we show to a friend may seem quite frightening because if we do, won’t we eventually start making excuses and not giving things our all?


The answer is no. Research on self-compassion reveals that offering care and nurturing to ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve actually gives us motivation to try again. 

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Forget the Placebo Effect: It's the 'Care Effect' That Matters

Forget the Placebo Effect: It's the 'Care Effect' That Matters | Health care Big Data |
Nathanael Johnson explores the “care effect” — the idea that the opportunity for patients to feel heard and cared for can improve their health.


What Kaptchuk demonstrated is what some medical thinkers have begun to call the “care effect” — the idea that the opportunity for patients to feel heard and cared for can improve their health. Scientific or no, alternative practitioners tend to express empathy, to allow for unhurried silences, and to ask what meaning patients make of their pain. Kaptchuk’s study was a breakthrough: It showed that randomized, controlled trials could measure the effect of caring.


But there was already abundant evidence from nursing science to suggest a healing power in the interaction between practitioner and patient. A study in Turkey found that empathetic nurses improved the symptoms of patients with hypertension. Midwestern cancer patients who received massages slept better and had less pain.




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Measuring patient experience - Health Foundation

Measuring patient experience - Health Foundation | Health care Big Data |
This scan looks at how patient and carer experience has been measured in healthcare, and explores the pros and cons of different approaches for measuring improvement over time. It provides an accessible overview of the range of methods used.

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David Foord's curator insight, June 20, 2013 9:03 AM

This evidence scan addresses the following questions:

How has the experience of patients and carers been measured in healthcare?What are the pros and cons of different approaches for measuring improvement over time?

It provides an accessible overview of the range of methods that have been used to measure patient experience, in order to help practitioners, planners and researchers consider the best approaches for their own local improvement initiatives. However, the focus is on compiling broad themes from the literature, not providing summaries of individual studies or tools.

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Could Clinical Decision Support Empower Patients?

Could Clinical Decision Support Empower Patients? | Health care Big Data |

It's time the medical establishment heeded the longstanding
advice of informatics pioneer Larry Weed and used "participatory" diagnostic methods


Ideas long espoused by medical informatics pioneer Dr. Lawrence L. Weed but shunned or ignored by the medical establishment might find a perfect fit in a world of "participatory medicine," suggests a well-known proponent of patients taking an active role in their own care in concert with healthcare professionals.


As he explained this month at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in New Orleans and in a 2011 book he co-authored with son Lincoln, Weed believes in "coupling" medical knowledge to specific patient problems with the aid of computers. Any attempt to practice medicine based on a physician's knowledge alone invites diagnosis error, according to Weed.


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