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Microsoft Lync tries to improve patient care and clinical workflow

Have you seen the latest innovation of Microsoft? To be honest, I’ve been using Microsoft OS since the first time I used a computer so I watch their developments closely. Now they came up with a solution for improving clinical workflow. I haven’t given Windows 8 a try yet, but it seems it’s going to happen soon.

To help you understand the tools being used by the most progressive healthcare organizations today, we’ve prepared a short video. I think it effectively demonstrates why there’s more to contemporary clinical workflow and patient care than having an electronic medical record at your fingertips. Take a look at the video and then continue reading.


Home health nurses are using it to check on clients remotely and lessen the frequency of travel.

Health Literacy in the EU: Video

Here is an animated infographic about how they tried to measure health literacy and identify potential problems in 8 European countries. To be honest, the results are quite negative. I’ve been talking about the importance of digital literacy and how we should include it in the medical curriculum, while patients sometimes struggle understanding the information their doctor provides them with.

This animated infographic shows the main outcome of the European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU), which formed part of the European Health Literacy Project from 2009-2012.

The project reached its objectives of measuring health literacy in Europe, establishing a European Network (Health Literacy Europe) and of creating advisory bodies on health literacy in eight European countries to manifest health literacy as a topic on the European health agenda.

Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care: Book by Mayo Clinic

It’s a great honor for me to be a member of the external advisory board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and when I had a chance to contribute to a book they started to work on, of course, I was in!

The book was just published and it contains great essays about how social media can help bring revolution to healthcare.

That’s the title of our new book, published by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, and developed in collaboration with members of our External Advisory Board and members of our Social Media Health Network.

We announced the book’s launch this morning during the opening keynote of the 4th Annual Social Media Summit, which we are hosting in collaboration with Ragan Communications.

Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care is available on Amazon ($9.95 Paperback) or in bulk from the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

Current use, future trends and opportunities in public sector social media

NHS Confederation released a detailed report about the future trends in social media. You can access the PDF here.

The most recent example of this phenomenon was the turn-ofthe-century vogue for “knowledge management.” The promise of knowledge management was to “enable organisations to know what we know”. Many organisations’ experience of  implementing knowledge management programs did yield some  useful insights, most notably the potential for virtual web-based  communities of interest and communities of practice (insights which can be harvested today to inform and support successful social media-based activities).

A Brain Cancer and Its Open Data: The Cure Through Crowdsourcing

Salvatora Laconesi is an Italian man who recently found out he has brain cancer. Being a good coder, he cracked the code of his medical records and made the data open source so then anyone can analyze it (researchers, medical professionals, artists, etc.). This is the approach ePatient Dave regularly talks about: Let Patients Help!

Here is what happened to him:

  • I have a brain cancer.
  • I went to get my digital medical records.
  • Sadly they were in a closed, proprietary format.
  • I cracked them.
  • Shared them with everyone.
  • 2 of them already replied.
  • Grab the information about my disease, if you want, and give me a CURE: create a video, an artwork, a map, a text, a poem, a game, or try to find a solution for my health problem.
  • This is a CURE. This is my OPEN SOURCE CURE.

Facebook App Wiped Facebook Timeline for Alzheimer Day

This is a really unique idea for raising awareness about one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the loss of long-term memory. The Facebook app wiped our Facebook timelines for one day.

An awareness campaign for Alzheimer’s Disease International is asking people to donate their Facebook timeline in support of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st. By downloading an app, Facebook users will be able to experience how it feels to lose their memories for a day.

The app will lie dormant until September 21st when it will activate, wiping users’ memories from their timeline including pictures, status, videos, friends, etc. These will be replaced with a message that reads: “Imagine your life without memories. For 36 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, this is reality.”

The Health Care Social Media List is Moving to mayo Clinic

Ed Bennett’s famous Health Care Social Media List is now moving to Mayo Clinic where it is going to have a great place, I think.

Four years ago Ed decided to create a resource for social media advocates in hospitals. He thought it would be great if those facing skeptical administrators could begin the conversation with a list of peer institutions already using Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Thus was born the HSNL that Ed has hosted on his Found in Cache blog until now. List maintenance had been a manual labor of love, and yet he didn’t have to programming resources to streamline the process.

When Ed decided he had accomplished his original goal and announced his plans for one final update before achiving the list, we approached him about continuing HSNL. See his thoughts on the move.

A New Mystery Awaits Crowdsourcers!

Since my recent keynote (A Geek Doctor Crowdsources Medicine) was published, I’ve been getting requests to find/crowdsource a diagnosis. Just take a look at the mystery of a mum I’ve been writing about in the past couple of days.

Now here is a new mystery. My advice was to present the details on a blog or a wiki. The case is quite interesting, if you have any tips about the diagnosis, please let them know about that on the blog. Thank you!

How Patients Learn in the Digital Age: Infographic

Here is a great infographic to browse on a Saturday morning:

Comic Book About the Secrets of Digital Health Masters

I really liked that, good idea:


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