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December, 2014

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Access to Digital Technology Among Families Coming to Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinics

DeMartini TL et al. Pediatrics, 2013

Digital technologies offer new platforms for health promotion and disease management. Few studies have evaluated the use of digital technology among families receiving care in an urban pediatric primary care setting.

A self-administered survey was given to a convenience sample of caregivers bringing their children to 2 urban pediatric primary care centers in spring 2012. The survey assessed access to home Internet, e-mail, smartphone, and social media (Facebook and Twitter). A “digital technology” scale (0–4) quantified the number of available digital technologies and connections. Frequency of daily use and interest in receiving medical information digitally were also assessed.
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11 June 2013 | No Comments »
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Understanding the factors that influence the adoption and meaningful use of social media by physicians to share medical information

McGowan BS et al, Journal of medical Internet research, 2012

Within the medical community there is persistent debate as to whether the information available through social media is trustworthy and valid, and whether physicians are ready to adopt these technologies and ultimately embrace them as a format for professional development and lifelong learning.

To identify how physicians are using social media to share and exchange medical information with other physicians, and to identify the factors that influence physicians’ use of social media as a component of their lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
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2 January 2013 | No Comments »
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Approaches to the prevention and management of childhood obesity: The role of social networks and the use of social media and related electronic technologies a scientific statement from the American Heart Association

Li JS et al, Circulation, 2013

Despite the significant attention and resources committed to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, the epidemic shows no sign of abating. Although all children are at risk for obesity, there are marked disparities by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, neighborhood, and access to health care. Any successful approach to addressing the overall burden of obesity must not rely solely on the healthcare system, but must include the implementation of policies that take into account the physical and social environment to change the eating and activity behaviors of children and their families.
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7 December 2012 | No Comments »
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Physicians who use social media and other internet-based communication technologies

Cooper CP et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2012

The demographic and practice-related characteristics of physicians who use social networking websites, portable devices to access the internet, email to communicate with patients, podcasts, widgets, RSS feeds, and blogging were investigated. Logistic regression was used to analyze a survey of US primary care physicians, pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, and dermatologists (N=1750). Reported technology use during the last 6 months ranged from 80.6% using a portable device to access the internet to 12.9% writing a blog. The most consistent predictors of use were being male, being younger, and having teaching hospital privileges.
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4 June 2012 | No Comments »
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How much of a social media profile can doctors have?

McCartney M. BMJ, 344

Professionalism and social media can be an uneasy mix. In the police force, Freedom of Information data have shown that, in the past four years, two officers have been sacked, seven resigned, and over 150 been disciplined for placing “inappropriate” photographs or comments online. Nurses have been sacked after making comments about patients and colleagues online, posting photographs of themselves exposing their breasts while in uniform, and putting pictures of patients online.
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25 January 2012 | No Comments »
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Teaming up to make meaningful use of electronic health records

Redstone K. CMAJ, 2012

As many a Canadian doctor has discovered, negotiating the circuitry of electronic health records can be a mind-numbing challenge.
Some, like Ottawa physician Dr. Heath Alsaffar, call it “a colossal headache” that often leaves doctors who take the electronic plunge mired in myriad issues of cost and connectivity (www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.109-3929 and www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.109-3930).
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18 January 2012 | No Comments »
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Social and News Media Enable Estimation of Epidemiological Patterns Early in the 2010 Haitian Cholera Outbreak

Chunara R et al, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86(1)

During infectious disease outbreaks, data collected through health institutions and official reporting structures may not be available for weeks, hindering early epidemiologic assessment. By contrast, data from informal media are typically available in near real-time and could provide earlier estimates of epidemic dynamics. We assessed correlation of volume of cholera-related HealthMap news media reports, Twitter postings, and government cholera cases reported in the first 100 days of the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak.
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10 January 2012 | No Comments »
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Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road

Bos L. Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road, 2011

This paper will deal with the patient related aspects of e-Health. The use of computing and networking has become an essential element in recent and future developments in health and care. Devices that lead to self-management, access to electronic records, decision support, social networks and social media are some of the major aspects. The production and availability of data and information will lead to a paradigm shift in the physician-patient relationship based on the addition of their respective experiences.
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4 January 2012 | No Comments »
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Promoting Participatory Medicine with Social Media: New Media Applications on Hospital Websites that Enhance Health Education and e-Patients’ Voices

Gallant LM et al, Journal of Participatory Medicine, 3

Background and Objective:
The nature of health communication is changing as people increasingly seek health information on the internet. The objective of this study was to investigate how hospital websites utilize a variety of e-health tools; online communication technologies such as social media, video, podcasts, and interactive formats.
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4 December 2011 | No Comments »
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Étude exploratoire sur les blogs personnels santé et maladie

Legros M. Santé Publique, 21(hs2)

Having first emerged in the 1990s, online blogs had developed significantly by 2004, reaching an estimated 30 to 40 million in France. While they are particularly active in literary, technical and political fields, the authors of blogs are also active in the realm of healthcare. The object of this paper is to provide an assessment of roughly 2 to 3 per thousand of those personal blogs which focus on health and illness.
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21 November 2011 | No Comments »
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Assessing Vaccination Sentiments with Online Social Media: Implications for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Control

Salathé M, Khandelwal S. PLoS Comput Biol, 7(10)

There is great interest in the dynamics of health behaviors in social networks and how they affect collective public health outcomes, but measuring population health behaviors over time and space requires substantial resources. Here, we use publicly available data from 101,853 users of online social media collected over a time period of almost six months to measure the spatio-temporal sentiment towards a new vaccine. We validated our approach by identifying a strong correlation between sentiments expressed online and CDC-estimated vaccination rates by region.
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18 October 2011 | No Comments »
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PatientsLikeMe and the tale of three brothers

Trevena LJ. The Medical Journal of Australia, 195

In 2004, Ben and Jamie Heywood launched a social networking site called PatientsLikeMe (PLM) (http://www.patientslikeme.com). They were motivated by their younger brother Stephen’s tragic journey with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the desire to connect and share information with other ALS sufferers. Members of the PLM community create a profile to record and track their health over time, including quality of life, symptom control, and treatments and their efficacy and side effects. Members can also connect through online discussion, and the site has over 110 000 members with a counter on the homepage rising every few minutes.
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5 September 2011 | No Comments »
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Managing the personal side of health: how patient expertise differs from the expertise of clinicians

Hartzler A, Pratt W. J Med Internet Res, 13(3)

When patients need health information to manage their personal health, they turn to both health professionals and other patients. Yet, we know little about how the information exchanged among patients (ie, patient expertise) contrasts with the information offered by health professionals (ie, clinician expertise). Understanding how patients’ experiential expertise contrasts with the medical expertise of health professionals is necessary to inform the design of peer-support tools that meet patients’ needs, particularly with the growing prevalence of largely unguided advice sharing through Internet-based social software.
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19 August 2011 | No Comments »
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Integrating Social Media into Emergency-Preparedness Efforts

Merchant RM et al, N Engl J Med, 365(4)

Despite blocked Internet service, new social media such as “speak-to-tweet” (which allows brief Twitter messages to be sent through a voice connection) were being used to improve communication about health and safety within the first few days of the 2011 Egyptian uprising, which had itself been organized by means of social media. After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Ushahidi, an open-source Web platform that uses “crowd-sourced” information to support crisis management, linked health care providers requiring supplies to those who had them, and victims trapped under the rubble used Facebook to reach out for help.
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29 July 2011 | No Comments »
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Physician, Monitor Thyself: Professionalism and Accountability in the Use of Social Media

Lagu T, Greysen SR. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 22(2)

The recent report of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA), “Professionalism in the Use of Social Media,” describes the types of social media medical professionals use, outlines ways in which existing AMA policies address issues of online professionalism, and makes a list of recommendations for physicians to maintain online professionalism.
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5 July 2011 | No Comments »
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Social media and the medical profession

Mansfield SJ et al, The Medical Journal of Australia, 194(12)

  • Use of social media by doctors and medical students is common and growing.
  • Although professional standards and codes of ethics that govern the behaviour of medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand do not currently encompass social media, these codes need to evolve, because professional standards continue to apply in this setting.
  • Inappropriate use of social media can result in harm to patients and the profession, including breaches of confidentiality, defamation of colleagues or employers, and violation of doctor–patient boundaries.

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19 June 2011 | No Comments »
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WikiProject Medicine

Trevena L. BMJ, 342(jun08 3)

In January 2011, members of WikiProject Medicine published an article about the intricacies, strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a source of health information and compared it with other medical wikis. The article poses some interesting challenges and opportunities for the global community as Wikipedia’s seven year old WikiProject Medicine reaches an estimated 150 million viewers every month.
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9 June 2011 | No Comments »
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Professionalism in the digital age

Mostaghimi A, Crotty BH. Annals of Internal Medicine, 154(8)

The increased use of social media by physicians, combined with the ease of finding information online, can blur personal and work identities, posing new considerations for physician professionalism in the information age. A professional approach is imperative in this digital age in order to maintain confidentiality, honesty, and trust in the medical profession. Although the ability of physicians to use online social networks, blogs, and media sites for personal and professional reasons should be preserved, a proactive approach is recommended that includes actively managing one’s online presence and making informed choices about disclosure.
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2 May 2011 | No Comments »
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Facebook friend request from a patient?

Devi S. The Lancet, 377(9772)

Widespread use of new technologies such as social networking sites are creating ethical problems for physicians that some doctors’ organisations are beginning to address. Sharmila Devi reports.
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2 April 2011 | No Comments »
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Social Media and the Health System

Eytan T et al, The Permanente Journal, 15(1)

As early as 1960, Sidney Garfield, MD, the co-founder of Kaiser Permanente (KP), foresaw how computers would become powerful tools to help patients. It is in his maverick spirit that we examine the potential for social media to be powerful tools to help our patients today. Social media, or content created and exchanged within virtual communities through the use of online tools, are used by millions of people to converse and to connect.
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