The folks over at Steelcase have been asking everyone from school children to journalists to technological innovators to discuss their predictions for the next hundred years. The responses have been excellent.
Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Ask.com are by and large effective search engines for helping lay users get health and medical information. Nevertheless, the current ranking methods have some pitfalls and there is room for improvement to help users get more accurate and useful information. We suggest that search engine users explore multiple search engines to search different types of health information and medical knowledge for their own needs and get a professional consultation if necessary.
Keeping records secure is a challenge that doctors, public health officials and federal regulators are just beginning to grasp. And, as two recent incidents at Howard University Hospital show, inadequate data security can affect huge numbers of people.
My predictions for the next two years are that mobile apps will enable connections between health care providers and patients in unique ways provided the legal barriers HIPAA imposes can be overcome. Hospitals and providers will make social media a key part of patient engagement to improve care and boost clinical trial recruitment.
We talked to several people, business owner, marketing manager, social media practitioner what they would really love to see down the social media road. We then tried to draw a trajectory from where we are, what people dream of, and where it may go. This post is the beginning of a story that we plan to continue. Where are we going? This is the beginning of a new Social Media Academy Research Project and you are invited to add to it.