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Development and Exploration of a Multifaceted Social Platform to Improve Patient Education, Communication, and Activity

See on Scoop.itHealth Care Social Media Monitor

This study was designed to explore how a multifaceted social platform might influence patient education, communication, and activity. Furthermore, objectives included understanding the importance of making approaches to patient engagement in these areas personalized, innovative, accessible, and robust. By utilizing both web and mobile interfaces, as well as employing various strategies to build a comprehensive network of tools for patients, researchers were able to compare and contrast various modern approaches to patient engagement.

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Posted in #HCSM, E-Patient

patient use of social media helps push diabetes surgery into mainstream

A new study has found that diabetes patients who had tried bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) used social media outlets to advocate for the procedure and show how it had positively impacted their Type II diabetes. 

Business intelligence company Wool.labs used its technology WebDig to track every conversation accessible on the Internet and determined the trends among diabetes patients and healthcare providers as related to options to help manage diabetes including bariatric surgery.

We believe that the patient wave of support in social media has helped push diabetes surgery into mainstream acceptance faster~ Michele Bennett, chief operating officer of Wool.labs.

Current trends show that patient conversation was ultimately a key contributor to physician acceptance of weight loss surgery as a tool to control diabetes.

Social media provides a unique window into patient and physician experiences. We can also see how those perceptions impact the patients relationship with the healthcare community ~  Scott Reese, chief executive officer of Wool.labs

Source: HealthCare IT News

Posted in Facebook, mHealth

Facebook launches new health app to coincide with London 2012 Olympics

Following on the heels of Facebook’s enabling its users to share their organ donation status, the social networking site has teamed up with GE Healthcare to launch a new health app –  HealthyShare.

The app, the launch of which coincides with the start of the London 2012 Olympics,  allows people add health and fitness goals to their timelines, and includes a range of fitness and diet challenges.  Leveraging the popularity of health apps and fitness trackers such as MapMyRun, the new Facebook app also features workouts sponsored by Olympians Michael Johnson and Summer Sanders and Olympic hopefuls Kevin Durant and Alex Morgan.