Archive for June, 2014

June 28, 2014

E-Health: Apps that Help Physicians Explain Diagnosis to Patients | L’Atelier: Disruptive innovation

Following what might be loosely described as a ‘B2B2C’ model, apps designed to enable healthcare practitioners to ‘educate’ their patients about specific medical conditions have recently been appearing on the market.


June 28, 2014

mHealth apps that empower doctors | Government Health IT

  Despite the influx of apps and devices coming to market, the challenge of harnessing that data remains: Delivering information doctors want.    The developers of a new mobile testing kit for analyzing health information “at the molecular level” might be marketed to consumers, for instance, but such devices have strong val


June 26, 2014

Quantified Self: Meet the Quantified Employee

We are suddenly addicted to measuring things about ourselves: the “Quantified Self” movement is red hot. The Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike devices that measure your footsteps and daily activities are selling like hotcakes. Amazingly, Pew Internet Research believes that 21% of all adults now use technology track their own activities for […]


June 26, 2014

#Robotique : L’exemple de 8 startups françaises qui oeuvrent pour ce secteur d’avenir – Maddyness

robotique est le secteur le plus en vogue de ces dernières années qui représentent un certain engouement chez les créateurs,


June 26, 2014

Breaking Language Barriers in Healthcare Using Digital Technology

The non-English speaking patient population in the U.S. accounts for an estimated 30 million people. Navigating our health system is challenging enough for native speakers, but what about for those for whom English isn’t their first language?

Language barriers have been demonstrated to lead to a number of adverse health outcomes including:

Decreased patient satisfactionLack of preventive health servicesRepeat visits to the emergency roomLonger hospital staysNon-compliance with treatmentIncreased number and severity of medical errorsHowever, digital technology has opened an entirely new frontier for addressing communication problems. eCaring is one of the first health care technology companies to address the issue head on. Our copyrighted icon-based language was designed in mind for people with limited technology skill and for whom English may not be a first language. Our home care monitoring interface allows home care aides and patients, regardless of English literacy, to capture huge amounts of information about the real-time care and condition of patient’s at home, including clinical, behavioral measures as well as medication adherence information.MedCity News shares more about how eCaring’s unique icon-based program is breaking down language barriers in home health care, here. 

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June 26, 2014

How Doctors Can Make Use of Social Media?

By using the right strategy doctors can gain a lot by making a proper use of social media to market themselves, share their rich experience and knowledge and carry out discussions with the colleagues in the industry.

Many of the doctors are afraid of the unknown and thus decide to remain silent over the social media due to privacy concerns. It is possible to create a good balance between having a transparent communication and matching to the necessary limitations of the industry.  Around 24% of physicians use social media at least once a day to post, share and seek medical information. The use of social media is still in its early years and it is a great opportunity to take advantage of these digital platforms and build credibility for your career as a doctor or a physician. The medical industry is very less saturated online as compared to other industries mainly due to the fear and apprehensions of health care organizations and professions as they would want to avoid liability issues related to social media related platforms.

As a doctor it is possible to make an effective and profitable social media strategy to market your practice and career. It will require a lot of time and effort but the results can have a far reaching effect for the long term success. If you are a physician or a doctor there are many ways you can make yourself stand out among others and effectively reach the right people in your social media.Set up personal account in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Having social media accounts is one of the ways to increase your social footprint and expand it. Make a personal profile in all these three networks and optimize them to the fullest.

Make Use of Visuals

Visuals are more effective in engaging people than text therefore include more pictures in your social media profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. This is one of the important things to implement on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. When you are sharing content make sure you use original and non copyrighted photography in order to boost your engaging posts. Another way is to make use of photos in the blog posts, videos and articles when you are posting things on these networks.

Share the knowledge

It doesn’t matter that which platform you are sharing your content on but make sure you whatever you are saying is helping you to make connections, followers and friends. Make use of your unique expertise and share the relevant information about what you know best.

Apart from joining the existing twitter chats, LinkedIn groups and relevant online discussion related to your area of expertise and industry, plan and start your own sharing hub on social media in order to bring the depth of knowledge to your professional interests.

Whether your knowledge hub is a LinkedIn Group, Twitter chats, Google plus profile or other relevant discussions online related to your industry, it is an important way of sharing what you know and build your credibility as you educate others.

As doctors it is important that you follow the rule of thumb to make sure you are providing the value to others and making use of your time spent on the social media networks. Doctor’s job is to make sure they share their expertise and execute their advice.

Frequency of posting on LinkedIn

As one of the largest network of professionals online LinkedIn allow doctors to highlight each aspect of their career path using text and visuals. LinkedIn can offer lots of benefits to doctors because of its professional nature and a large network of likeminded people sharing and connecting with others. Begin by sharing the content from your profile that reflects your expertise and knowledge as a healthcare professional.

On LinkedIn content needs to be of a professional nature and little more reserved than the one shared on Facebook or Twitter. Share the links to those articles and other information that can be of some value to your connections and at the same time adding your own perspectives through commenting on posts.

Follow other Healthcare Professionals on Social Media

Using Facebook and Twitter you can reach out to existing network of your contacts that you already know and you can find them by searching for colleagues, peers and friends working in the healthcare field. Follow and make connection with these individuals. After that you can use each networks search feature for to look for individuals in the similar role or industry. By connecting with a large number of people on these platforms you will have the like- minded people to interact with and share your views and experiences.

Participate in conversations on twitter

Twitter is the best social media platform for having a public one to one conversation at the basic level. Start your conversation with doctors and medical professionals and discuss current trends in healthcare industry or new findings.

You can also find the conversations from other you have followed by searching through hashtags or keywords related to your interests a physician

Join Useful Twitter Chats

In twitter chats, on particular topics and hash tags occurs weekly, monthly or quarterly. Search and discover what chats Twitter chats are available for medical professionals and join these conversations with other participants and learn new things. When participating in the twitter chat answer some of the questions asked by participants or posted by moderators by adding your views and opinions. Follow other participants and moderators in the chat and include proper hash tags in all of your tweets.

Go For Accuracy

There is a large amount of misinformation online when it comes to medical field that confuses consumers and dilutes the effectiveness of accurate medial insights. As a doctor it is important that you act as the voice of reason when sharing important information about healthcare online. Go for accurate coverage of information on social media that could affect your credibility for the long term.

Spend a limited time on social media at a certain part of the day or few times a week to help you make your efforts to be more accurate. Again it needs to be quality over quantity when it comes to content sharing and the discussions that you are having online.

Ask Questions

One of the benefits of having social media is the ability to have actual conversations online with your friends, family, peers and other connections in your network. As a doctor you should ask questions from your audience in order to get their feedback on some decision or a perspective on industry news.

As you will ask questions you will be able to learn the insights of your network. No one knows everything but still someone has something to share with others. Make use of your network on social media to get more insights and establish your credibility as respected and reputed doctor.



June 25, 2014

Indian health ministry orders encephalitis vaccination in select districts after more than 500 deaths | BMJ

ndia’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has ordered that everything be done to ensure 100% immunisation coverage of children living in select Indian districts that are plagued each year by two strains of encephalitis. The immunisation drive will take place on 22 and 23 June.1

The move came after recent deaths among children in Bihar and a death toll in Uttar Pradesh of more than 500 in the past year. Recent figures showed that 124 children had now succumbed to acute encephalitis syndrome in the state of Bihar.2

The World Health Organization3 4 has said that acute encephalitis syndrome is …


June 25, 2014

Congé maternité : la France est-elle exemplaire ?

Barack Obama a rendu hommage au congé maternité à la française, qu’il verrait bien importé Etats-Unis. Mais sommes-nous vraiment exemplaires en la matière ?


June 25, 2014

Apple, Google, Samsung to take on diabetes with wearables — report – CNET

The companies are seeking ways to integrate health sensors and apps into their wearable devices, including those to measure glucose levels in a non-invasive way.


June 25, 2014

Bracelets, applis: tous addict au “quantified self”

Bracelets dits intelligents ou applis pseudothérapeutiques, de nouveaux gadgets connectés dits d'”automesure” envahissent notre quotidien afin de nous permettre de mieux maîtriser notre corps.