Monday, October 19, 2009

Consumer Health Online ... Not One Size Fits All

PF Anderson...again a useful presentation for people who want health answers

Skype

Lean to use Skype

iGoogle

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mobile health needs

A new national study released today by CTIA-The Wireless Association® in conjunction with Harris Interactive®, finds that almost 78% expressed interest in mobile health solutions and more than 15% said they were extremely/very interested in learning more about it.

Interest in mHealth service options was so strong that nearly 19% of people surveyed said they would upgrade their existing wireless plan to participate and 11% said they would even consider switching wireless providers to receive mobile healthcare services.

This in-depth study uses research from an online survey of U.S. adults and an online survey of physicians to gauge their interest in mHealth service options. After being introduced to an overview of mobile healthcare services, such as wireless remote monitoring, 40% believe it would supplement the medical care they receive from their doctor now and almost one-quarter (23%) believe mobile health services might replace doctor visits altogether.

Source: CTIA Media Press October 8th 2009

The rise of the e-patient

Friday, October 9, 2009

Trusting your health care provider

Factors influencing built trust of the consumer in their personal health provider

Third party recommendations
Trustor’s ability to choose
Vulnerability of the trustor
Frequency, duration and quality of communication
Commitment of the trustee
Likeness (gender, age, culture/ethnicity, appearance)
Competence and relevant past experience of the trustee
Length of the relationship
Consistency over time
Temporal aspects
Knowledge received
Transparency/openness
Shared goals
Reciprocity
Being listened to by the trustee
Honesty
Empathy
Accountability of the trustee
Past experiences of the trustor

Patient participation and self responsibility

Empowered patients are engaged in their care, actively collaborating with their physicians, sharing responsibility for their care.

The providers (doctors, nurses, etc) are still the providers, but the patients share in both the knowledge and the responsibility for how it all turns out.
e-patient Dave

SL Birthing Unit Progress

Tuesday, October 6, 2009