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Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

Financial Services Shows the Way for Healthcare (Again)

April 23, 2015 by David E Williams

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Seven hundred million people worldwide have obtained access to financial services for the first time over the past three years, according to a Gates Foundation funded institute. The big increase is due largely to the banking industry figuring out how to leverage low cost mobile phones and digital payments.[read more]

Using Data to Improve Patient Satisfaction Scores

April 22, 2015 by Abby Norman

As healthcare becomes more and more a quality driven industry, finding innovative methods of tracking, analyzing and making use of data collected on patient experience is going to be key to raising patient satisfaction scores.[read more]

A Call to Action from HiMSS

April 18, 2015 by Kathy Nieder

I have spent the last week in Chicago at the biggest HIT (Health IT) “geek-out” in the world. Some 42,000+ people gathered in Chicago for the annual HiMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) meeting.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: 20 Tried and Tested Ways to Promote Your Healthcare Blog

April 17, 2015 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

It's not enough to write great content on your healthcare blog and simply hope that people will find it. You need to actively promote it so that the maximum number of people can learn from you. Here are 20 tried and tested ways to drive more traffic to your healthcare blog.[read more]

Prepare Your Healthcare Website for Google's Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update

April 16, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Is your website ready?

On April 21, 2015, Google will introduce a new algorithm update to help users discover more mobile-friendly content and if you’re not prepared, you may face some serious consequences. However, if you optimize your website and mobile applications in advance, you can reap the rewards of better rankings in mobile searches.[read more]

Is This the Most Powerful Clinical Research Tool Ever Invented?

April 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

Much has been written over the past few months about Apple ResearchKit and its potential to completely revolutionize R&D in the life sciences industry. The idea is simple. And it got me thinking: is the iPhone the most powerful clinical research tool ever invented?[read more]

Digitally Engaging the Elderly: Why & How You Should Target This Patient Demographic

April 14, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Engaging the elderly

Today’s seniors grew up with traditional media. Millennials grew up with digital media. Therefore, seniors should continue to receive traditional advertisements, while Millennials and younger audiences receive the brunt of digital ads. If you think there’s something wrong with this statement, you’d be right.[read more]

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Virtual Meet-Ups for Cancer Patients

April 14, 2015 by Joan Justice

Patient Cafe™

Now, cancer patients can meet virtually and share stories. With the Patient Cafe™, a virtual meet-up program from the Patient Empowerment Network, cancer patients sign up to meet others with the same cancer condition. The program is free and all the participants need is a good internet connection.[read more]

David Harlow IS @Healthblawg

April 13, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

David Harlow

David Harlow is a healthcare lawyer and well-know in healthcare social media circles with his blog and Twitter persona @healthblawg. He joined Get Social Health to talk about marketing and patient privacy, HIPAA and social media.[read more]

What Healthcare Needs to Know About Google's Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update

April 11, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Google's mobile update

This month, Google will introduce a new algorithm update designed to display more mobile-friendly websites and relevant app content in search results. Here’s everything you need to know about this new update and the impact it will have on your healthcare website.[read more]

Is "Convincing" People to Use Health Apps the Right Approach to Patient Engagement?

April 10, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Patient engagement

In a recent announcement, the Robert Wood John Foundation announced a $468,000 grant to the Center for Connected Health to develop an “engagement engine” to “convince” consumers to use health and activity trackers and other health apps. Let’s consider the issues of relevance and usefulness here.[read more]