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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]

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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]

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]

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Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic

"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

Engagement: Finding the Healthy Mix

March 31, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

engaging online

Is it better to connect online, or face to face? This modern question of how to engage has become a hot topic in fields ranging from business to education. But major shake-ups in health care delivery make it an important consideration for medical professionals as well.[read more]

Don’t Get Left Behind: Optimize Your Website for Mobile

March 31, 2015 by Michael Sherman

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With the rise of smartphones and tablets, a mobile-friendly website for your hospital is a necessity. More and more people are searching for medical advice, refilling prescriptions and reading hospital reviews on mobile. Google is now weighing in on the issue of mobile-friendliness, and some big search engine optimization changes are coming.[read more]

The Apple Watch Letdown: Healthcare’s Grand Disappointment  

March 29, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Apple Watch

The advance billing for the Apple watch was typically Apple-superlative. Fueled by the enthusiasm of legions of brand evangelists, the initial buzz anticipated something “revolutionary,” “life-changing” and/or “breakthrough” for health and healthcare. Well…it turns out that the “innovative” health-and-fitness Apple Watch is more “fitness” than “health.”[read more]

More Sign Posts on the Road to Connected Health Adoption

March 25, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

Another sign of connected health adoption

Just three weeks ago, I wrote about sign posts on the road to connected health adoption. That post was meant to help readers appreciate the subtleties of a changing environment. A turn of phrase by a senior executive or thought leader can easily be missed if you’re not listening carefully.[read more]

Getting Past the Mobile Health Hype

March 19, 2015 by David Avitabile

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There's some discussion about mHealth being overhyped. It seems that in the worlds of science and technology, there is a tendency to brand whatever is deemed the "next new thing" as being over hyped. While I understand this (after all, "experts" and news organizations need something to say), I can't say that I agree with their assessment.[read more]

Sign Posts on the Road to Connected Health Adoption

March 6, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

Understanding telehealth adoption is an important skill because it enables us to predict the future to some degree; it is a useful tool in developing strategy from pilot to scale; and perhaps most importantly, it enables patience during those times when the thing to do is so obvious to you and no one else seems to get it.[read more]

The Three Pillars of Wearable Healthcare Technology

March 6, 2015 by Nealda Yusof

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With heavyweight tech brands like Apple, Microsoft and Nike getting into the scene, wearable healthcare technology is bound to gain visibility and achieve usability a lot faster. It is also inevitable that it generates both interest and concern among healthcare professionals.[read more]