Monthly Archives: October 2010

Increase in mHealth Usage | Pew Internet & American Life Project

The online health-information environment is going mobile, particularly among younger adults. The Pew Internet Project’s latest survey of American adults, conducted in association with the California HealthCare Foundation, finds that 85% use a cell phone.

Of those:
* 17% of cell owners have used their phone to look up health or medical information and 29% of cell owners ages 18-29 have done such searches.
* 9% of cell owners have software applications or “apps” on their phones that help them track or manage their health.Some 15% of those ages 18-29 have such apps.

This means that health-information searches and communications have joined the growing array of non-voice data applications that are being bundled into cell phones.


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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


Social Media Toolkit for Health


CDC Offers Guidance on Using Social Media To Share Health Care Data

CDC officials recently released the Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit, which offers guidance for sharing health information through social media, Federal Computer Week reports.The toolkit includes a chart of social media tools and what organizations need to use the tools. For example, podcasts and widgets require little staff time and can be done with relatively small budgets, while online video production and podcast creation require moderate amounts of staff time and funding.

CDC’s toolkit also includes a list of “Top Lessons Learned from Using Social Media,” compiled from CDC’s experience with several social media tools and websites. The list of lessons includes:

  • Adopting low-risk tools — such as podcasts and widgets — first and selecting the most popular social media sites;
  • Creating portable content and using mobile device applications to expand reach;
  • Facilitating content sharing and encouraging interaction; and
  • Establishing realistic goals and not relying on social media to meet all communications needs (Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, 10/22).
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Uncategorized


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NIMHANS Bangalore gets its Dues, at Last!

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore has been elevated as an institute of national importance by the Union government. The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minster Dr Manmohan Singh approved a proposal of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in this regard recently.

The move makes NIMHANS on par with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry.

The Cabinet also approved introduction of the “National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Bangalore Bill, 2009” in Parliament. This will facilitate NIMHANS to develop patterns of teaching, with the flexibility to device new courses, constantly evolving syllabi. The Institute will be able to take up new courses that are required and are not currently part of the Medical Council of India (MCI) approved courses.

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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Uncategorized


Radiology and Imaging CME at Mangalore, India

The department of radiology and medical imaging, Yenepoya Medical College, a constituent of Yenepoya University, here is organizing a one day Continuing Medical Education (CME) in radiology and medical imaging on Sunday October 24. Experienced and eminent faculties in the speciality will deliver guest lectures with stress on newer imaging technology.

Dr Sri Kumar, consultant radiologist AIMS Cochin, Dr Sushila K V, consultant radiologist Apollo Hospitals Chennai, Dr Rajgopal consultant radiologist KMC Manipal, Dr Santhosh Rai consultant radiologist KMC Mangalore, Dr Sajan consultant radiologist FMCH Mangalore and Dr Vidya Upadhyaya consultant radiologist KSHEMA Mangalore will be the guest speakers.

The CME details like list and gist of topics discussed ( and photographs) shall be posted here shortly, as and when they are released by YMC Department of Radiology.

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Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


Secure Information and Community platform for Physicians on iPhone / Web

Doximity is a private network for verified physicians and medical professionals to connect, refer, and securely communicate on either the iPhone or Web.



The main focus of the app is physician communication and for this, it incorporates an innovative, secure SMS-like text service. Physicians can also build profiles, add their specialities and publications, “advertise” their timings and add all sort of information to let their colleagues search for niche services they may need to refer to.

Besides, the service boasts an extensive database of hospitals, pharmacies, labs, Rehab centers, etc and allows for filtering necessary services by location/timing. It can prove to be a valuable tool for routine everyday questions faced by medical practitioners.

Doximity is led by Jeff Tangney, the co-founder and former President & COO of Epocrates. The service promises permanently free basic functions with fee based premium services still in the pipeline.

You can download the free version here: `
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Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized


Timing Your Biological Functions


Fastest Reaction Time: 3.30 pm

Greatest Muscle Strength: 5.00 pm

Evenings are a better time to work!!

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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


Health Information Technology Use Among US Adults


Increasing numbers of consumers manage their own health care through Internet and other health information technology activities, including chat rooms and communications with health care providers.

From January through June 2009, almost 5% of adults aged 18-64 had communicated with a health care provider by e-mail in the past 12 months .

From January through June 2009, 51% of adults aged 18-64 had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months.

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Posted by on October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized