PatientView presentation at EHTEL (December 7 2012) on the 'light regulation' of health apps undertaken with the the support of patient organisations and empowered consumers.
A report published Action for Stroke Prevention, an alliance of renowned health experts and patient organisations supported by Bayer Healthcare, highlighted the widespread problem of atrial fibrillation (AF) as a cause of stroke. AF, or abnormal heart rhythm, increases stroke risk five-fold compared to the general population. AF-related strokes are more serious than those resulting from other causes. Yet the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable. According to the “How Can We Avoid a Stroke Crisis in Europe?” AF affects 10 million people in Europe alone. The condition is under-diagnosed and undertreated. Despite the overwhelming fear of stroke and its devastating consequences, a new poll by IPSOS MORI shows that 52% of Europeans are unaware of AF, “highlighting a critical educational challenge for policy makers and healthcare providers”, says the report. Action for Stroke Prevention’s Report was launched at the end of October.
Healthline recently finished putting together a collection of the best online Alzheimer's videos. You can find it at: http://healthline.com/health-slideshow/best-videos-alzheimers.
Healthline is a US-based online information resource, which began 10 years ago. For more see: http://www.healthline.com/health/about-healthline
To see the infographic online click on picture.
DHP Consulting the patientsoutcomes blog is run Dr Keith Meadows a health psychologist with expertise in patient reported outcomes.
Further information can be found at http://thepatientoutcomesblog.wordpress.com/about/
On September 24th 2012, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a landmark decision announced the appointment of a healthcare director with the specific intention to promote more rapid expansion of mhealth. The healthcare director will act as a central point of contact to external groups on all health-related issues. The decision reflects the commitment of the US government to make wireless technology a routine medical best practice by 2017. Increasingly mhealth is being seen as the most important platform for expanding initiatives on Electronic Health Records. The news is important to patient groups as the FCC has charged itself with assuring patient safety. Thus far patient groups have not yet been dentified as important partners for the FCC. Perhaps more patient advocacy is called for in this sphere? For more information see http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-wireless/fcc-unleashes-mobile-health-innovation-i/240008136
The FCC is the US key regulator of interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
As the use of computers and i-pads increases in education, opportunities to reach out and offer support through health apps are created. Recently US-based LearnStuff put together at infographic describing how i-technology is influencing education-prehaps healthcare in school and university is next?
To review the infographic click on the picture below.
Key findings are:
* 3/4 of students prefer tablets to textbooks
* 90% of students think tablets help them study more efficiently;
* There are 20,000 educational apps