The use of digital health technologies and social media has transformed the exchange of healthcare data, with mobile apps monitoring everything from blood sugar to medication adherence, and text-based reminders urging smokers not to give into that craving. This infographic also presents data on the role of search engines in healthcare research, how social media creates more engaged and aware patients, and how digital healthcare is affecting today's industry.
With the skyrocketing of smartphone use, #mhealth apps and patient involvement in care, patients will be expecting a lot of providers in the next 3 years. | Mobile and smartphones in healthcare: a growing trend #Infographic via @Helena Loi Smith Care Communication News
How Social Media Is Changing The Way We Approach Death Death has long been taboo in an American culture that values youth, but an open conversation online can increase our enjoyment of life and understanding of its eventual end.
Midnight Friends: How Wired Patients Are Transforming Chronic Illness, Online patients with chronic illness use social media to improve both mental and physical health and to better connect with an understanding community, says Jennifer Covich Bordenick, chief executive officer of eHealth Initiative, which published a study earlier this year on patients’ social media patterns.
The Future of Health is Social - For me, healthcare social media use (or #hcsm on Twitter) is less about the social support that traditional social media tools offer, such as people sharing the same illness connecting–which has tremendous value in and of itself. It is more about the reach, and the following opportunities social media can provide healthcare stakeholders on the whole.
Using Social Media to Educate and Empower Patients. Just like any other business, social networking sites has allowed for company-employee-customer interaction. Effective engagement can prompt effective changes in regard to policy and/or business plans. #socialmedia #healthcare #socialnetworking