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Informatics 2.0: implications of social media, mobile health, and patient-reported outcomes for healthcare and individual privacy. Ten Rules for Health Care Organizations Interested in Using 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.

Ten Rules for Health Care Organizations Interested in Using Social Media

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. These functionaries look, but they do not see. Case in point: during a recent work-out at the local fitness center, the Disease Management Care Blog witnessed two elder women chatting while speed-walking on side-by-side treadmills.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, health care organizations that realize that they need to get the attention of the two women on those exercise bikes will find it extremely challenging. 5 points concerning patient engagement and health IT. 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.

5 points concerning patient engagement and health IT

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. Should Physicians Use Email to Communicate With Patients? Email has been so commonplace for so long that some people consider it nearly obsolete.

Should Physicians Use Email to Communicate With Patients?

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. Important signals can be missed, they say, when doctors can't see their patients' facial expressions, hear the tone of their voices or take note of their body language, and care can suffer as a result.

They're also concerned about the security of email communications, as well as doctors' potential liability for the content and results of email exchanges. Others say email is a valuable tool in building a relationship between doctor and patient. The security and liability risks, they say, can be managed, and shouldn't be allowed to stand in the way of providing an important service for patients.

Reviewing social media use by clinicians. Journal of the American Medical Informatics 2012;19:777-781 doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-000990 Brief communication + Author Affiliations Correspondence to Dr Lucila Ohno-Machado, University of California, San Diego, Division of Biomedical Informatics, 9500 Gilman Dr., Bldg 2 #0728, La Jolla, CA 92093 0728, USA; Contributors MvM developed the literature search criteria, performed the search and wrote the manuscript.

Reviewing social media use by clinicians

DvM assisted in scoring literature results for inclusion. 6 reasons physicians need to be on social media. 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.

6 reasons physicians need to be on social media

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. Is That Healthcare Website Making You Sick? Many healthcare websites provide valuable information that can help prepare you for the next doctor's visit.

Is That Healthcare Website Making You Sick?

But some serve up misinformation that just might land you in the hospital. 5 patient-centered social media risks. These days, it's common to connect with others via Facebook and receive news via Twitter.

5 patient-centered social media risks

In fact, according to, Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users with 6 million search queries a day. HEALTHBEAT: Helping doctors keep human touch. 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.

HEALTHBEAT: Helping doctors keep human touch

"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. 9 Health IT Tools Patients Should Understand. To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more.

9 Health IT Tools Patients Should Understand

Check out our primer. 1 of 10 If you're a patient in search of the best medical care possible, it makes sense to understand some of the electronic tools doctors now use to manage your care. The fact is, health IT changes how physicians and other healthcare providers document and view healthcare information and exchange data with each other.

CIGNA Launches Healthcare Podcasts - Healthcare - The Patient. The audio podcasts, available on the iTunes store, are designed to help Americans take care of themselves while on business overseas.

CIGNA Launches Healthcare Podcasts - Healthcare - The Patient

CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits launched a series of health, wellness, and benefits podcasts on iTunes and on its company Web site. CIEB provides healthcare benefits to expatriates around the world. The new series of podcasts, also available on the company Web site, is designed to help ease the transition to expatriate life, and prepare expatriates for accessing healthcare in other countries.

Doctors Concerned About Consumers' Mobile Health Use - Healthcare - Mobile & Wireless. Promises of healthcare quality increases and cost savings aren't enough to ease physicians' worries about patients using mobile health tools, new PwC study shows. 10 Wearable Devices To Keep Patients Healthy. Health Content and Patient Education Solutions - Healthwise. Expert Health Information - Questions and Answers. New study examines how medical symptoms presented online makes a difference in health-care choices.

Public release date: 12-Mar-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Julie Newberg 480-727-3116Arizona State University TEMPE (March 12, 2012) - Maybe you've had a reoccurring sore throat or frequent headaches. Perhaps the pain in your leg won't go away. In the past, you might have gone to a doctor's office to diagnose symptoms. Tmp/KamelBoulosChapter_social-media-for-health-literacy_WHO_THE-SOLID-FACTS_2012.pdf. Nonprofit health organizations increase health literacy through social media. 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.

ECDC social marketing, prevention and control of communicable disease (PDF) Health - Neil Wagner - Text Messages Are a Good Public Health Tool, Flu Vaccination Edition. 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. Some people even described the text messages as an angel on their shoulder. What Doctors Think About Your Online Health Searches. Walgreens' Facebook Site Adds Health Advice - Healthcare - The Patient. The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics and HIPAA. 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. While every attempt has been made to verify the information provided in this publication, neither the author nor its affiliates/partners assume any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. If advice concerning medical, legal or related matters is needed, the services of a fully qualified professional should be sought. How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement - Healthcare - The Patient.

Study Predicts Growing Use Of Social Media In Healthcare. University challenge targets NCDs with mHealth and social media. Docs slow to engage patients with IT. A new study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions indicates physicians are not using IT broadly to engage patients. Could a Facebook for Doctors Improve Your Care? GE Rolls Out Upgraded Online Patient Portal - Healthcare - The Patient. Centricity Patient Online 13 adds mobile connectivity to portal so patients can schedule appointments, pay bills, and manage other aspects of their healthcare from a mobile device.

Biomed Analysis: Engage the public on new technologies. Neither dispassionate information nor scare stories are the answer: we need public engagement on health interventions, argues Priya Shetty. Commercial off-the-shelf consumer health informatics interventions: recommendations for their design, evaluation and redesign. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Median Ruby Wax launches Facebook-style website for adults with mental illness. Study Predicts Growing Use Of Social Media In Healthcare.

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