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iPads and Health 2.0: a revolution?

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A good summuary by Medical News Today:

Apple’s iPad is increasingly finding use in health and medicine, with applications ranging from giving individuals instant access to a wealth of reference, educational and personal health information, to helping hospitals streamline their operations, reduce labor costs, improve efficiency, and helping health professionals with analysis and diagnosis.

However, recent reports suggest the touch tablet devices could be doing more than was originally intended, driven by a pressure for change that is is coming from users, as health care providers seize the new tool with renewed passion, and demand more from the technologists.

Some business cases:

  • iPads in Hospitals: Some hospitals have installed kiosks where patients, visitors and medical staff use the securely mounted touchscreen tablet to look up information
  • iPads in Medical Education: Another environment that seems to have taken the iPad to its bosom is medical education. At first it was just a tool that students brought with them of their own initiative: but more and more medical schools are now switching to iPad as the main platform for delivering the curriculum.
  • iPad’s Top Medical Apps: an impressive app is Medscape Mobile, a huge free resource from WebMD and available on several platforms, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry. It is the leading medical resource most used by healthcare professionals. “The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update. 7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.”
  • iPads in Medical Imaging: Medical imaging is a field where one can see how the iPad may one day, and perhaps that day is sooner rather than later, go beyond helping teachers, students patients and doctors communicate more clearly, to being a diagnostic tool.
  • The new iPad
  • What next?


Paddock, Catharine. iPads in Health and medicine: more than an information Revolution? Medical News Today, 14th of March 2012, Available from: [Accessed 21st of March 2012]

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March 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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Cardiac arrest and resuscitation in Twitter

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Discussion about cardiac arrest on Twitter is common and represents a new opportunity to provide life saving information to the public, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The Penn researchers evaluated cardiac arrest- and resuscitation-related Tweets during a month-long period in the spring of 2011 and discovered hat users frequently share information about CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and discuss resuscitation topics in the news.
Although their findings indicate that use of the platform to ask questions about cardiac arrest appears to be only in its infancy, the authors suggest that Twitter represents a unique, promising avenue to respond to queries from the public and disseminate information about this leading killer

“Twitter is an incredible resource for connecting and mobilizing people, and it offers users a way to receive instant feedback and information. The potential applications of social media for cardiac arrest are vast,”

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November 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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Health students prefer FaceBook to Twitter

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A few findings of a recent study which suveyed health students (medicine, nurse, pharmacy, biotechnology, etc.) in the US:

  • use of internet and social media is not a prevalent in the health professional community due to privacy and security concerns, but it is an area that is growing
  • 64% responded that they make decision based on ads heard or read on online media
  • Online media is the primary source of information for 56% of them
  • FaceBook is used by 77% of respondents
  • Only 7% use Twitter, 18% Linked-In

Giordano, C. & Giordano, C. Health professions students’ use of social media. Journal of Allied Health, 2011, Vol.40, N°2, pp. 78-81

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July 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Social Media and Health: opportunities for Pharmacists

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The authors advocate for an engagement of Pharmacists into new technologies.

Some findings:

Social media resources such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube offer several unique features that may be used to advance the role of pharmacy in health care initiatives. Coupled with patient behaviors and desires, these technologies are stimulating a move toward more open and transparent access to health information.

 Health information accessed on the Internet appears to be well trusted by users. (…) As opposed to other platforms that may engage large audiences (e.g., television, radio), social media applications offer message-tailoring capabilities and interactive, participatory environments.

However, a variety of factors may contribute to resistance toward social media use in health care, including a general lack of familiarity and concerns over the privacy and security of health-related information.


– to reach the right audience (right tools, and level of knowledge necessary to understand the health information)

– to convince health professionals who have been slow to adopt common electronic communication tools

– inaccuracies, misunderstandings, misuse of online medical advices

 Study case: CDC communication with Web 2.0 during the H1N1 virus crisis.


Pharmacists may continue to serve their patients by providing the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding medications. However, the mechanism for provision of information is likely to change. Despite the slow growth of social networking in pharmacy, pharmacists may soon begin using social media tools such as blogs, microblogs (e.g., Twitter), videos, and other tools to reach their patients in the manner desired.

The profession, on both individual and group levels, must become more versed in social media. Public health professionals should interact with the social media industry (e.g., Web designers, social media experts) more frequently to proactively discover and take advantage of unique opportunities afforded by these applications.

Cain, Jeff, F. Romanelli, and B. Fox. “Pharmacy, Social Media, and Health: Opportunity for Impact.” J Am Pharm Assoc 50.6 (2010): 745-51.


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March 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Social Media and Health information: the Wild West?

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A study last year from Harvard with Brigham and Women’s Hospital deemed social networks the “Wild West” when it comes to health information. (…)

But the study also found that social networks really serve a purpose in healthcare today: the ability to learn from others with similar experiences. (…)

Consumers are increasingly moving toward being empowered patients. Manhattan Research reports that 99 million consumers have reached that status, meaning they’ve participated in health-related activities online. The firm has found that about 46 percent of these patients have changed health decisions due to information found online, and almost 28 percent have asked to change a prescription or treatment based on online information.  (…)

Pew’s Internet and American Life Project this month found 66 percent of Internet users look for information on specific diseases and conditions. With Facebook, consumers can reach out to friends and family with these questions; on sites like MedHelp, which form communities around conditions, you can ask someone with first-hand experience. (…)

Consumers aren’t the only ones sharing information. Many hospitals, doctors, OTC medicines, and pharma brands have a presence on social networks.
A “Wild West” atmosphere can develop if the pages aren’t continually monitored. Consumers are turning to branded Facebook pages to get information. (…)

So where does this leave us?
Consumers are flocking to social networks, and searching for health information. But, before jumping to create a social network presence, brands and organizations must put steps in place to ensure the pages are monitored to prevent misinformation, and to ensure content complies with regulations.

The Wild West? Not exactly, as these networks are helping informed consumers get information from trusted sources and from each other.

Social networks can be invaluable for helping consumers with healthcare decisions, and also brand awareness for health practitioners, organizations and treatments — as long as it’s done right.

 Stephens, Dean. Social Networks and Health: bad medicine? SearchEngineWatch, Online: Feb. 20, 2011.

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March 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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Medicine 2.0: what does that mean?!

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What are health 2.0 and medicine 2.0?

Health 2.0/Medicine 2.0 is still a developing concept.

This  study identified 46 unique definitions of Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0 with seven recurrent topics:

  • Web 2.0/technology
  • patients professionals, social networking,
  • health information/content,
  • collaboration,
  • and change of health care.

There is no general consensus of the definition of Health 2.0/Medicine 2.0 yet.

Van De Belt TH, Engelen LJ, Berben SAA, Schoonhoven L
Definition of Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: A Systematic Review
J Med Internet Res 2010;12(2):e18

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July 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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