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How the Media Covers Digital Health Topics

The digital health revolution is empowering people to better track, manage, and improve their health. And the tools are there – smartphones, wireless devices, desktop apps, patient portals, and many more – all able to monitor, analyze, and report health data on an ongoing basis. But where do people go to discover what tools and technologies are available to help them manage their health? Well the Internet is a leading source of information. Pew Research indicates that 85% of U.S. adults use the Internet, and 72% of those get their health information online. But do people look for information about digital health on traditional news media outlets like CNN, Foxnews or NBC news? And if they do, what kind of information do they find once they get there? In fact while we’re on the subject, how much of the digital health … [Read more...]

4 Ways Google Helpouts Could Impact HealthCare

Google Helpouts is creating a lot of buzz online. It's a tool where people can connect with, and get help from experts anywhere in the world via real-time, one-on-one video chat. So for example if you're preparing to go out on a date and need help putting on makeup like a pro, you would simply browse the Helpouts section under 'Beauty and Fashion,' find out what time the next professional make-up artist is available, schedule an appointment, pay a fee via Google Wallet, show up at scheduled time, and get the help you need! Opportunities for Healthcare Google Helpouts looks like a compelling alternative to the more traditional 'in-person' method of providing medical care. Already there's a small number of physicians who are early adopters - many are charging a small fee to give advice on a wide range of health issues … [Read more...]

3 Unintended Consequences of Digital Health

Digital has become the lens through which we see the world. Once, there was a separation between our ‘real-life’ activities i.e. what we did from 9-5, and our social activities i.e. what we did on evenings and weekends. The two rarely intersected. But that line of separation has become blurred. Today many of our in-person experiences (such as working, shopping, dining out, or watching TV) have leaked into the digital realm through sharing on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. For sure technology has changed the way we live. Even healthcare is going in the same direction. Perhaps this is best seen in people's online health activities. Studies show that 85% of U.S. adults use the Internet, while 72% of this demographic say they look for health information online, presumably before seeing a doctor. Mostly … [Read more...]