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Social Determinants of Health: Does Technology Connect or Isolate?

January 12th, 2017 by Patricia Donovan
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Only half of Americans with two or more chronic conditions actually go online.

Social determinants are areas of health that involve an individual’s social and environmental condition as well as experiences that directly impact health and health status. Here, Dr. Randall Williams, chief executive officer, Pharos Innovations, examines why, contrary to popular thought, technology advances may actually increase the gap between social connectedness and social isolation for certain populations.

In the age of the Internet, technology itself may become a barrier to being connected with others through social interactions. The Pew Research Center has done some nice work on health and the Internet. It turns out that three quarters of adults in the United States go online. That's probably not all that surprising, but what's more nuanced in this data is that the Internet access of individuals in the United States actually differs, depending on whether or not those individuals suffer from chronic health conditions.

It turns out that of Americans who have two or more chronic conditions, which by the way represents the vast majority of the Medicare population, only half go online. As it turns out, the very same groups that suffer most from social determinants of health, and not just from social isolation, also have the highest rates of chronic disease. And according to this research, they are the ones most likely to NOT have access to the Internet. This is called the Internet Divide.

We might be encouraged by the prevalence and penetration of mobile technologies, and maybe those would be the great bridge over the Internet Divide. Unfortunately, that may not be the case yet. According to this same Pew research, 90 percent of Americans who don't have a chronic condition actually own a cellphone. However, if you do have two or more chronic conditions, that number drops down pretty dramatically to 70 percent. That finding is a bit better than Internet access, but certainly not ubiquitous. If you look at those who have a cellphone, only 23 percent of them actually access text-messaging technologies on their cellphones, and smartphone apps fall well below that.

Source: Social Determinants and Population Health: Redesigning Care Management to Bridge Clinical and Non-Medical Services

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In Social Determinants and Population Health: Redesigning Care Management to Bridge Clinical and Non-Medical Services, care teams will learn that by asking patients the right questions and listening carefully to their responses, they can begin to identify and address social determinants, dramatically impacting patient outcomes as well as their own financial success under value-based care.

Infographic: Social Media’s Impact on Health Literacy

July 22nd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare costs attributed to wasteful spending are estimated to be $800 million each year, according to a new infographic by iTriage.

Half of that total can be attributed, directly or indirectly, to low health literacy, including missed prevention opportunities; preventable errors; and unnecessary services or patients going to the ER when less expensive yet appropriate care could be obtained at another facility.

The infographic examines the opportunities for social media to improve health literacy.

Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and ActionAdvancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action addresses the crisis in health literacy in the United States and around the world. This book thoroughly examines the critical role of literacy in public health and outlines a practical, effective model that bridges the gap between health education, health promotion, and health communication.

Step by step, the authors outline the theory and practice of health literacy from a public health perspective. This comprehensive resource includes the history of health literacy, theoretical foundations of health and language literacy, the role of the media, a series of case studies on important topics including prenatal care, anthrax, HIV/AIDS, genomics, and diabetes.

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Infographic: Social Media in Healthcare

April 10th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Social media has the potential to enhance collaborative care, according to a new infographic by CitiusTech.

The infographic details which sites are accessed most for health related information, key healthcare social media indicators and powerful healthcare use cases driven by social media.

Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd editionThe growth of social networking has been dramatic, and the applications are quickly finding their way into healthcare organizations. This expanded best-seller provides an overview of the social media tools healthcare organizations are using to connect, communicate, and collaborate with their patients, physicians, staff, vendors, media, and the community at large.

Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd edition describes the major social media applications and reviews their benefits, uses, limitations, risks, and costs. It also provides tips for creating a social media strategy based on your organization's specific needs and resources. Through real-world examples and up-to-date statistics on social media and healthcare, this book illustrates how social media can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and marketing of your healthcare organization.

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Infographic: The Healthcare Social Shakeup

February 9th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Hospitals, clinical practices and physicians of all ages are becoming more and more active on social media, according to a new infographic by CDW Healthcare.

Patients are using social media channels to search health information and become more informed about their care, rate the quality of care they receive from providers and reach out to their peers to ask for health advice. Physicians are seeing increasing value in social for their own health and research discussions with colleagues — utilizing it to become more informed on patient care resources and for career development and networking. In fact, 60% of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients.

This infographic examines how healthcare organizations, physician practices and patients are using social media in healthcare.

The Patient-Centered Payoff: Driving Practice Growth Through Image, Culture, and Patient ExperienceFor the first time medical practices and organizations are about to see their income either increase or decline based on regulations that directly measure patient care and satisfaction. CMS has now made the patient experience its business.

Learn the steps your practice can take to reap the many payoffs of achieving high patient-centered standards without having to make a big financial investment. In The Patient-Centered Payoff: Driving Practice Growth Through Image, Culture and Patient Experience, authors Cheryl Bisera and Judy Capko explain how healthcare professionals and organizations can thrive in the new patient-centered environment.

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Infographic: Social Media Sites Outrank Physician and Hospital Websites in Search Results

February 6th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

As Americans enroll in healthcare through the Affordable Care Act for the second year in a row, a new study reveals how physicians are being evaluated by prospective patients. The study released by Mercury360®, which helps companies manage their online reputation, found that for over half of physicians observed the first link on a search engine results page (SERP) is a social media site and the percentage is even higher for physicians practicing in several medical specialties. The study has implications for how physicians manage their reputation, communicate with their patients, and how patients come to learn about their doctor.

An infographic by Mercury360® looks at the importance of patient reviews and SERPs by physician specialty.

Establishing, Managing and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical PracticesOnline health information combined with social media channels like Twitter and Facebook has created a new generation of patients. They are empowered. They have a voice in their own care that they never had before, and more are using social media and physician review sites to choose their doctor or medical practice. Given these stakes, you can't afford to leave your online reputation to chance.

Kick off your social media efforts today with Establishing, Managing and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, a comprehensive resource. In addition to unique insights from practicing physician and social media pioneer Kevin Pho, MD, this book offers doctors a step-by-step guide on how to use social media to manage an online reputation. It also provides insider tips on how to respond to online ratings and a guide to work with all of the major physician review sites.

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Infographic: Physician Social Media Use

July 25th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Physicians have mixed opinions about leveraging social media use in their practices, according to a new infographic by MedData Group.

The infographic looks at the top two social media channels that physicians use, the top five physician specialties that engage in online physician communities and the top concerns preventing physicians from using social media for professional reasons.

Physician Use of Social Media

The growth of social networking has been dramatic, and the applications are quickly finding their way into healthcare organizations. This expanded best-seller provides an overview of the social media tools healthcare organizations are using to connect, communicate, and collaborate with their patients, physicians, staff, vendors, media, and the community at large.

Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, 2nd edition describes the major social media applications and reviews their benefits, uses, limitations, risks, and costs. It also provides tips for creating a social media strategy based on your organization’s specific needs and resources. Through real-world examples and up-to-date statistics on social media and healthcare, this book illustrates how social media can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and marketing of your healthcare organization.

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Infographic: Wearable Healthcare Technology

July 7th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

The number of adults using smartphones to monitor their health grew from 61 million to 75 million in 2012, and is projected to increase more than threefold by the end of 2014, according to a new study. Wearable technologies, like the FitBit, are bringing the technology and fitness industries together.

This infographic below examines digital fitness apps and wearable technologies, including how they’re affecting the way Americans are improving their personal health.

E-Healthcare Systems and Wireless Communications: Current and Future Challenges combines the research efforts in different disciplines from pervasive wireless communications, wearable computing, context-awareness, sensor data fusion, artificial intelligence, neural networks, expert systems, databases, security and privacy.

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Infographic: The Growing Industry, Effects of mHealth

April 11th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

mHealth is currently a $1.3 billion industry that is expected to reach $20 billion by 2018, according to a new infographic from Mobile Future and Infield Health.

This infographic shows savings attributed to remote patient monitoring and medication adherence resulting from mHealth. It also assesses how mobile tools are transforming healthcare as more Americans, including healthcare providers, adopt mobile devices and wireless connectivity, and more.

Learn more about mHealth in 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Mobile Health, which delivers a snapshot of mHealth trends, including current and planned mHealth initiatives, types and purpose of mHealth interventions, targeted populations and health conditions, and challenges, impact and results from mHealth efforts. This 50-page resource provides selected metrics on the use of mHealth for medication adherence, health coaching and population health management programs.

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Infographic: Why Advanced WiFi Is Essential to Healthcare

March 26th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Inaccessibility to WiFi leads to a loss in time of almost 45 minutes per day at healthcare organizations, which results in a $1 million loss each year, according to a new infographic from Inspire WiFi.

This infographic illustrates why advanced WiFi connectivity is indispensable to organizations in the healthcare industry and how it mitigates the concerns related to the complexity of wireless.

You may also be interested in this related resource: 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine . Telehealth's broad reach encompasses telemedicine — the use of telecommunications technology to deliver clinical diagnosis, services and patient consultations — as well as the exploding field of mobile health. This resource documents trends and metrics on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives and includes a year-over-year comparison of telehealth trends from 2009 to present.

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Infographic: The State of Mobile Technologies in Healthcare Today

March 10th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

More progress needs to be made in developing a long-term financial approach regarding the ROI and payment of mHealth, according to a new infographic from HIMSS.

Only half of healthcare organizations who responded to HIMSS' third annual analytics mobile survey formally measure ROI related to their mHealth investments, the infographic shows. The infographic also identifies mHealth technology, new care models, privacy, standards, interoperability, barriers and benefits.

You may also be interested in this related resource: mHealth: Global Opportunities and Challenges. This 310-page resource offers a groundbreaking and insightful overview of the field of mHealth as its unfolding globally in the 21st century.


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