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Intel helping healthcare reach rural Karnataka


Global chip maker Intel has initiated a joint telemedicine programme to take benefits of healthcare to rural Karnataka in association with the state government, a senior company official said today.

“We have provided IT infrastructure and offsite technical resources at the Angodu primary healthcare centre and Harihara taluk hospital in Davangere district to bring healthcare benefits to the rural population through telemedicine,” Intel South Asia director Gopal Swaminathan said in a statement here.

State-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) pioneered telemedicine facility in 2001 to deliver healthcare services in remote, distant and under-served regions across the country using its communications satellite transponders and IT with biomedical engineering and medical sciences.
Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and S.N. Informatics Ltd have also joined Intel to enhance the scope of clinical diagnostics.

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Posted by on December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Social Media and a Medical Practitioner: Guide from ‘Down Under’


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Research Projects like those carried out by pathoftheblueeye.com as well as by Accenture have pointed out Medscape.com and WebMD.com as the most often visited sites by Medical Professionals ( 50 % of the time spent within health category) as well as non-medicos. Social Media sites showed  a rapidly rising 6% of time spent by a large number of people.
Social Media is now being widely used by doctors as well as patients. All doctors even remotely on social media face many ethical and moral questions regarding online physician-patient relationships. So when is it Okay to use social media and when is it Not ?!

Recently, The American Medical association posted some guidelines for Doctors use of social media tools in a professional capacity.

But now we have the Australia Medical Association and New Zealand Medical Association come out with their version on this dilemma. Here is the google document ( a 14 page pdf you can download/ view online). It is one of the most practical and useful guide of its kind online.
 
 

Social Media and a Medical Practitioner: Guide from ‘Down Under’


Facebook logo

Research Projects like those carried out by pathoftheblueeye.com as well as by Accenture have pointed out Medscape.com and WebMD.com as the most often visited sites by Medical Professionals ( 50 % of the time spent within health category) as well as non-medicos. Social Media sites showed  a rapidly rising 6% of time spent by a large number of people.

Social Media is now being widely used by doctors as well as patients. All doctors even remotely on social media face many ethical and moral questions regarding online physician-patient relationships. So when is it Okay to use social media and when is it Not ?!

Recently, The American Medical association posted some guidelines for Doctors use of social media tools in a professional capacity. Heres that story on Digital Medicine India. As noted, the guidelines released last month were very open ended and did not actually have a ‘user-focus’.

But now we have the Australia Medical Association and New Zealand Medical Association come out with their version on this dilemma. Here is the google document ( a 14 page pdf you can download/ view online). It is one of the most practical and useful guide of its kind online.
 
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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Long-Term Care Decision Making Influenced by Online Media « SeniorHomes.com


Walker Marketing recently released the results of a study investigating how online and social media trends influence decision-making among unpaid caregivers. The survey population consists of 210 completed surveys by unpaid caregivers who cared for an ailing family member or friend within the past 12 months. Most participants have incomes between $30,000 and $50,000 per year. Specifically, researchers were interested in learning how social media impacts home care decisions.

Social media is a big piece of the marketing puzzle.

Walker Marketing’s findings are consistent with that of Pew Research, which found that social networking use among the 50+ population is rapidly expanding — increasing from 22 percent in April 2009 to 42 percent in May 2010.

Walker Marketing found that 92 percent of respondents indicated that they consider the internet to be either “very valuable” or “somewhat valuable” as a source of healthcare information.

Sixty-five percent indicate that they regularly read internet news sites or blogs.

 

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

IPads Are Latest Weapon in Medical Sales


Medical-sector companies are passing out thousands of iPad tablet computers to salespeople to spruce up ( and speed up) their pitch to doctors, and at the same time giving Apple Inc. a crucial foot in the door to business customers. Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp. are among the drug and medical-device firms making the move, while others say they are testing out the devices.

 
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The tablet computers offer new ways to display product information or surgical-implant techniques, and help eliminate time wasted on issues that don’t drive sales, according to companies. Their quick start-up times mean the salesmen can jump into their presentations before doctors lose interest.

“[The iPad] enables our sales employees to do a much better job of engaging in a really different way than we’ve done before,” Mike Hedges, chief information officer of Medtronic, said in an interview.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010 : Time.com



Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2035319,00.html#ixzz17dbUFNgZ

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in health

 

Health IT far from Useful Yet.


Health Data remains stuck in silos and needs to be better integrated so as to allow meaningful analysis.

Health IT won’t realize its full potential until analytics software can mine EMR databases to identify trends and help clinical leaders refine best practices, but interoperability and patient trust stand in the way. “[S]till unresolved are questions about how patients’ records will be handled–and how they want their records handled,” Computerworld reports. “Should they be able to opt into a system of shared electronic records, or should they have to opt out? And who will be the owners and custodians of the information–the patients themselves, or the caregivers or facilities that created the data?”Read more at www.fiercehealthit.com

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in data

 
 
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