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Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that perform actions.
The first online treatment for teenagers with chronic fatigue syndrome is proving highly effective according to new research . Fatigue In Teenagers on the interNET (FITNET), the first web-based therapeutic programme for adolescents with CFS is substantially more effective than treatment as usual at reducing symptoms of this debilitating disorder, with nearly two-thirds reporting recovery after just six months. The findings published Online First in The Lancet , reveal that after just six months of treatment, 63% of adolescents receiving the FITNET intervention reported that they had recovered, almost eight times as many as those given standard care. "With FITNET, effective treatment is within reach for any adolescent with CFS. These findings stress the need for proper and rapid diagnosis and making medical professionals aware of adolescent CFS and the treatment options", explains Sanne Nijhof from the University Medical Centre Utrecht in The Netherlands, lead author of the research.
We post any pre-reading and summary posts of the chats here for you all to read. We also blog during the week on all matters of tech, strategy, commisioning support and patient experience use of social media. This week we’re talking digital privacy. This topic follows on nicely from our chat on how our changing digital identities affect how the NHS interacts with us and looks at how the NHS can help patients understand how their data will be used and moved about the NHS system. Below is a handy introduction to the subject from Dr Joe McDonald, Chair of the CCIO (Chief clinical information officer) Leaders Network set up by eHealth Insider… Trust lies at the heart of the relationship between patients and those that care for them (both health care professionals and informal and family carers).
28 February 2012 Last updated at 03:49 ET There has been concern about how much of our private information apps access Some of Europe's biggest mobile phone companies have signed up to new privacy guidelines published by the GSMA. The body which represents mobile operators hopes it will help users understand what personal information apps may "access, collect and use". Several companies have said they are starting to implement the guidelines in apps they produce. The policy's publication follows concern that some apps were using customer data without permission.
For Apple fans, MacPractice has been a popular practice management and clinical electronic medical record software for Apple computers. They often partner with Apple for workshops geared towards medical professionals — as one of our physician editors witnessed while at his local Apple Store. The iMedicalApps team has previously reported on the MacPractice software and we lamented that there wasn’t a native iPad solution for the software. At that time, there was a workaround that allowed clinicians to login from an iPad to their Apple computer and view the MacPractice software remotely. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal situation.
The CCHIR: Researching Web 2.0 & Mobile Technology in Healthcare | | Noble Vision GroupNoble Vision GroupWith Web 2.0 and mobile technology making their way to the forefront of pharmacology and public health , there has been a growing need for in-depth research into their effects and benefits. Many pharma companies and healthcare systems are connecting with consumers through mobile apps , social media , and other online platforms , but what do these new systems actually do to improve health literacy and patient education? It’s questions like this that prompted Fort Lauderdale’s Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy to open America’s first Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR) . The Center’s mission is to “generate discoveries that leverage the potential of consumer health informatics to improve patient health.” They define health informatics as “the field that studies and incorporates patient preferences, behaviors, tools, and technologies in order to help inform their decision making and manage their health.”
It's easy to forget that when Apple 's first iPad was unveiled in January 2010, there were plenty of cynics questioning the need for a slate-shaped device sitting somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop computer. Microsoft had pitched tablets a decade before, to little interest. So what were iPads for? Scroll on 21 months and a second-generation model later, and we have a better idea: iPads are for lounging on the sofa, browsing, emailing, tweeting and Facebooking, for sure. But they're also for playing games, reading books, discovering music, watching films and TV shows, following recipes, video-chatting with friends and much more.
This Briefing looks at social media innovations underway in healthcare as a whole and highlights case studies from Mental Health Network member organisations. The dramatic impact that social media has had over the last five years on how people communicate, both with individuals and with organisations, cannot be underestimated. Several health and mental health organisations are using social media to provide support on a range of issues such as depression, alcohol and drug dependency, and anxiety disorders.