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How will we design products for the Internet of Things?

14 Sep

With the developers and innovators struggling to understand social media, no wonder doctors and other professionals are stumbling into the future of mobile communications and social networks and personal/virtual learning environments.

Gigaom

As revolutionary as the mobile ecosystem is, it’s the interactions of more-intelligent connected devices with people outside the context of phones or computers that will drive more innovation, says Mark Rolston, the chief creative officer at Frog Design. Rolston, speaking at the Mobile Future Forward conference on Monday in Seattle described a future where devices become more contextually aware, thanks to embedded and connected sensors.

Instead of thinking about the buttons on a phone or a laptop, manufacturers and designers need to think about what will happen when computers are embedded in everything and connected all the time. Instead of computing’s being confined in a box on a desk or in the hand, computers will be everywhere, pulling data from a variety of places. Understanding how those computers will pull information about their environment, relay that data to users and then interpret what users want them to do creates a…

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NHS medical director urges GPs to use Skype for consultations – GP online

31 Aug

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NHS medical director urges GPs to use Skype for consultationsGP onlineConsultations may be held online to improve patient access to GP services, according to the NHS medical director.  Brilliant idea, I think not!  Who will put cameras on our PCs? Who will resource the increased bandwidth on NHS Net which is struggling with the 2MB service currently?  Where will the additional time come from for family doctors to include these consultations? In my opinion, this will only increase the gap between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ health care.  Tudor Hart’s inverse care law likely to increase at the same rate as Moore’s Law if this was implemented unless the equipment needed is made available as widely as landline telephone.
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Motorola Atrix Review

30 Aug

NHS should be more switched on about apps, says Lansley | The Times

22 Aug

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3141170.ece

Another idea from UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley published today in The Times. This from a government with lots of ideas which sound great until the proposal is dissected.

I am a great lover of social media and mobile technology. These innovations can be force for good. Yet away from the headlines, the latest proposals for encouraging increased use of smartphone apps to improve health of the national are unlikely to be effective.

1. Increased disparity between healthy and unhealthy, and between the haves and have not. Smartphones cost money. A lot of money. Money better spent on food and clothes and utility bills and rent, especially in the current financial climate.
2. Good use of smartphone apps assumes numeracy and literary skills are adequate. This is a big assumption with so many adults and young people failing to achieve minimum standards of reading and maths skills. The very same population which predicted to have the greatest health needs.
3. Healthcare professionals do not wholeheartedly use smartphones to their fullest potential. How can political desires be fulfilled if the healthcare providers have yet to use smartphones and the many apps already available to improve quality of clinical decisions? The absence of leadership from family doctors in this area is a barrier to widespread use in my opinion.
4. The citizens with the most to gain because they have the greatest disease burden are the older people, and say over 65. Failing eyesight, deterioration in manual dexterity, reluctance to embrace new technology even if it was affordable are all significant barriers to successful implementation of Lansley’s proposals today.

How could they proposals succeed? I think that improved uptake of smartphones may succeed if the politicians facilitate increased use of mobile technology by healthcare professionals. The technology must be seen as much a part of healthcare as the stethoscope. Mobile technology is never going to be the panacea the loudest fans claim. What should not happen is dismissal of currently great applications which already exist to improve the way healthcare providers can work now. There is not space here to enumerate the many great apps already available. I will mention one: Mediquations. This the most comprehensive collection of formulae for clinical care and available for Android and iPhone devices. The programme was created by a neurosurgery resident. It has proved itself countless times in my own practice. It is cheap, it is easy to use. In my opinion every clinician should own and use it as regularly as stethoscope and sphygnomanometer. Clinical teachers will need to be familiar with mobile apps in order to introduce students to them. Medical schools, pharmacy colleges, nursing training and other centres for health professional training must embrace the new technology to ensure students learn to view mobile apps as integral to healthcare delivery. Only when the current ambivalence if not downright antipathy to mobile technology in healthcare is overcome can the vision in today’s proposals be realised.

Paediatrician hits sweet spot with social media

21 Aug

KC Kids Doc   Dr Natasha celebrates her experience using social media here.  It is great to learn that her clinical practice has expanded with this, that her knowledge and skills are enhances and she feels less isolated as a doctor and mother.

UK General Practice marches to a different drum – there is no extra income from web presence.  A social media presence can create more work for beleaguered staff with no increase in practice revenue.  Keeping up to date and minimising professional isolation are likely to be common to UK and US doctors.

Nevertheless, her experience is salutory.  Not least to use as an argument to encourage reluctant colleagues to jump on board the social media train.  It is more than just inane comments about the weather and so forth.  Social media can be a force for good.  However, the NHS must evolve into a different organisation to make it worth the time for many UK doctors.

Look Ma, now the Alive Web is an infographic (via GigaOM)

1 Aug

Look Ma, now the Alive Web is an infographic As you all know, I have been harping on about the Alive Web for a bit — you know the web that goes beyond web pages and events to occurrences and interactions. And I am glad to see the phrase spread, thanks to folks such as Namesake. Rounds, a Facebook video app company has come up with an infographic that illuminates the Alive Web from the chat perspective, something I wrote about earlier. Check it out! … Read More

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Evidence Based Method to Improve Medical Care – Online Patient Education | malpractice

27 Jul

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Evidence Based Method to Improve Medical Care – Online Patient Education: Current medical profession challenges …
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Online consultations can boost continuity of care, NHS medical director says – GP online | Broken_Heart Blog

27 Jul

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Online consultations can boost continuity of care, NHS medical director says – GP online http://wp.me/p15toT-29…
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Social Media use by US hospitals: the statistics

27 Jul

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Walter van den Broek (@DrShock) summarizes the findings of a paper published in the Annals of Interval Medicine that presents a structured review of websites of 1,800 US hospitals focusing on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts: * 21% use social media * More likely to be large, urban hospitals run by nonprofit, nongovernment organisations * More likely to participate in graduate medical education * Use social media to target a general audience (97%) * Provide content about the entire organization (93%) * Announce news and events (91%) * Further public relations (89%) * Promote health (90%).
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Google+ identity crisis: what’s at stake with real names and privacy? (Wired UK)

27 Jul

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After a steady stream of angry blog posts and heated debate among its own users over the value of pseudonymity on the web, Google announced on Monday that it was revising its “real name” policy, at least for display, on Google+. In a post on Google+, Google VP Bradley Horowitz promised greater transparency, particularly in suspension of user profiles. The new algorithm — human as well as computational — offers users a chance to correct their profiles before suspension. In the past week, most banned profiles simply disappeared without warning.
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Illusions of Autonomy

Where medical ethics and human behaviour meet, by Dr Philip Berry

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