Health Literacy - Social Media
By JAAN SIDOROV, MD Include social media like ”Facebook” or “Twitter” in health care business plan, and you’ll probably prompt glazed looks from the average health care administrator. Those who recognize the terms will want to know what they have to do with filling up that new heart catheterization suite or increasing referrals to their infusion center. They’re too busy with marketing flotsam like “Top 100″ billboard campaigns or convincing the local news media to mention that newly renovated lobby.
With the slow demise of paper records and the rise of electronic platforms, the opportunity for patients to take hold of their healthcare has never been stronger. But, there are still a few setbacks and some points to keep in mind when it comes to health IT and patient engagement, said Sterling Lanier, CEO of Tonic Health. “You have medical forms and medical jargon built for the provider benefit and not the patient,” he said.
Email has been so commonplace for so long that some people consider it nearly obsolete. But in the health-care profession, its use for communications between doctors and their patients is still controversial. Opponents worry that doctors can't read patients by reading their emails.
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Live tweeting, ukulele playing and numerous discussions swirling around social media and healthcare were to had throughout the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference, produced by NYC Health Business Leaders , this past week in New York. During the latter half of the day Thursday, Mike Sevilla, M.D., family physician and blogger at Family Medicine Rocks , took the stage to present not only his own social media story, but to convince other physicians why they, too, need to be on social media. "I'm in a group of four family docs and a practitioner, and yes, I do social media," said Sevilla.
These days, it's common to connect with others via Facebook and receive news via Twitter. In fact, according to AskAaronLee.com , Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users with 6 million search queries a day. But as the use of social media reaches new heights, so do the risks associated with it – and this is especially true when it comes to patients.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. "You can see," he pointed at the screen — weight, blood sugar and cholesterol are too high and rising. The man didn't reveal he was too nearsighted to see those numbers, but he'd quietly volunteered that he'd been ignoring his own health after his wife's death. The future-Dr. Shumer looked away from the computer for a sympathetic conversation — exactly the point of Georgetown University 's novel training program.
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May 4, 2011 — As the presence of social media continues to increase as a form of communication, health organizations are searching for the most effective ways to use the online tools to pass important information to the public. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that nonprofit organizations and community groups appear to be more actively engaged in posting health information and interacting with the public on Twitter than other types of health-related organizations, such as health business corporations, educational institutions and government agencies. "Twitter may be more appealing to nonprofit organizations because it creates a barrier-free environment that allows these organizations to share important information through real-time exchanges without significant efforts," said Hyojung Park, a doctoral candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism.
As less people read the mail or tune in to traditional broadcast outlets, the nature of a successful PSA is changing. A study of over 9,000 urban minority children shows that sending text messages to their parents can increase the number of children who receive flu vaccinations. The increase was modest, with the flu vaccination rate rising from 39.9 percent to 43.6 percent. Among parents who actually received the text messages, the vaccination rate rose to 46.3 percent.
I’ll admit it: I’ve Googled “scalp sunburn” before. Hey, when you have a combination of fair skin and fine hair, these things happen. Plus, let’s be real — a hat really didn’t go with pigtails.
One of the problems that early health care bloggers faced was trying to figure out what was and what was not permissible or ethical in the blogosphere. Since this post is dealing with legal matters, first a quick disclaimer: The information presented herein represents the views of the author as of the date of publication. The publication is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
Facebook study reveals deeper penetration of social media into healthcare than most would have predicted. Patients seem more willing to adopt social media platforms that healthcare professionals. It seems that patients will classify certain health related problems according to social acceptability, fears of retribution by friends, or employers or merely embarrassment. STDs appear to be highest on the list followed by cancer, neurologic problems such as aging, dementia, or mild strokes and/or memory loss. Some parents do not want their children to know about serious or potentially fatal illnesses.. During my own social media contact with people (not my own patients) they will often inquire about their illnesses and express a desire to contact their physicians office for an initial encounter, even before a telephone contact.
A global competition sponsored by IBM and Novartis has yielded social media and mobile technology tools that could help tackle non-communicable diseases such as asthma, diabetes, stroke and cancer. The NCD Challenge, which brought together developers from academia, sought to address the global problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the World Health Organization, nearly two-thirds of all deaths occur due to NCDs. Over the coming decade, some 388 million people worldwide will die of one or more chronic illnesses and the cumulative losses in global economic output due to NCDs will total $47 trillion by 2030. Modest investments to prevent and treat NCDs could save tens of millions of lives and bring major economic returns, officials say. [See also: mHealth moving forward fast, experts say .]
A new study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions indicates physicians are not using IT broadly to engage patients. No more than 20 percent of doctors are providing online scheduling or test results for their patients and just 6 percent are using social media to communicate with them, according to Deloitte. [See also: Stage 2 rule means lost year of interoperability, coalition says ]