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Dying of Embarrassment

May 5, 2015 by Lara Stewart

Every day, people avoid seeking medical care because of embarrassment. And failure to get tested can have repercussions for them and for those around them.[read more]

MediKidz: Super Heroes for Health Education

May 4, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

MediKidz

Dr. Kate Hersov is a pediatrician who works with children in difficult health situations. She was frustrated that there was no child-friendly or age appropriate information to give them that would explain their complicated or difficult health conditions. MediKidz Super Heroes, a graphic novel inspired style of literature, has bridged the gap for children and adults.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

Social Media: What Consumers Need to Know About Online Health Information

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Ficarra

What do consumers need to know about health information? If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research—gather information from different sources. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider before making any changes to your lifestyle or medical regimen.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]

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]