Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Medical News and Information

Alex Bettencourt - August 9, 2011

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Many hospitals and clinics have joined the social media revolution, turning to Twitter to dispense information to patients and their families. Individuals living with illness, medical students and those simply interested in lifestyle tips now have access to everything from advice about eating mindfully to health insurance. Here are ten healthcare providers of special interest that deliver the best tweets around.

1. @MayoClinic
Mayo Clinic’s history dates back to the 1800s. Tweets include techniques for managing stress, healthy eating tips, links to their blog and job postings. The clinic also promotes contests like Minnesota’s Brand Madness, which gives fans a chance to vote for the state’s beloved brand.

2. @sanjayguptaCNN
Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and also CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. Items of interest include a weekly medical mystery contest and links to his blog posts on CNN Health. He is respected by high-profile individuals like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. (more…)

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Tracking Your Wellness - In Less Than a Second

Alex Bettencourt - February 7, 2011

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According to a recent study by the Journal of Pain, keeping a daily record of your wellness improves your health greatly. When you track your symptoms every day, health professionals can understand your condition better and provide more effective treatment. (more…)

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New Research Report From MobiHealthNews

Pamela Swingley - January 20, 2010

These are still early days, but they are busy ones.

We couldn’t agree more with this last sentence in MobiHealthNews’ comprehensive report on the state of the wireless health industry. It’s also a good descriptor for the current state of RememberItNow!

When we started RememberItNow! we didn’t realize the full potential of the wireless health market, or  how nimble we would need to be. Turns out it’s a challenge that we really love.

Brian Dolan and Joe Maillie co-founders of MobiHealthNews have their fingers on the pulse of this industry. They generously  share a year of research in their free report. A real gift to start-ups that can’t afford to buy research from industry analysts. Thanks guys!

If you want to a glimpse of the future of healthcare you’ll find it here.

Inside you’ll discover impressive market opportunity numbers. The report includes a  list of partnerships formed in 2009, venture capital investments, wireless carrier and care provider involvement, key industry associations, and much more.

It’s a great reference point for the year ahead. as well as a snapshot of an industry in its infancy.

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New Report About the 65M U.S. Caregivers

Pamela Swingley - December 9, 2009

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A recent report conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP provides a comprehensive portrait of family caregivers today in the United States.

What is amazing is the number of people who act as unpaid caregivers. In the past 12 months, an estimated 65.7 million people in the U.S. have served as unpaid family caregivers to an adult or a child. The Caregiving in the U.S. 2009 report is packed with research. Here are a few of the findings:

* Eighty-six percent of caregivers provide provide care for a relative, 36% care for a parent and 14% care for their own child.
* The main reasons people need care are old age (12%), Alzheimer’s disease (10%), mental/emotional illness (7%), cancer (7%), heart disease (5%) and stroke (5%).
* On average, caregivers spend 20.4 hours per week providing care.
* 90% of caregivers say their recipient takes prescription medications.
* 68% of caregivers for an adult receive help from one other unpaid caregiver.

New technologies such as RememberItNow! offer great promise for facilitating some of the responsibilities that caregivers’ shoulder and more generally to improve the care for their recipients. Nearly half of caregivers say they are already using some type of technology to provide care. An electronic organizer/calendar is the most frequently used technology. Here’s a breakdown:

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Why are there not more online family networks for caregivers?

Pamela Swingley - September 26, 2009

As the primary caregiver for my 80-year-old father, I searched in vain for an online service that would help me manage his health care, including medication reminders. I was surprised by the lack of attention paid to the needs of this market. That’s why I founded RememberItNow!

The chapter  “Why Personal Online Health Networks Have Received So Little Attention” in this white paper about E-patients addresses this very issue.

The writers turned to Google Answers to research the question:  How adult children use online family networks to care for aging parents. Although this research is from 2005, not much has changed. At the time this answer was written, Yahoo Groups was the only option. Since that time, Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault have launched, and while not that easy to use, they are a beginning.  

Below are highlights from the answer that I found revealing. Especially since many of the features of RememberItNow! match the needs defined by the researcher. Looks like we are on the right track in addressing the needs of this underserved market.

Last year I set up a Yahoo! Group for my four siblings and me when it
became clear that my parents needed a great deal of help with some
health problems. The five of us siblings live within a two hour
distance from my parents? home. All five of us were determined to
pitch in with getting through the crisis but we all had many other

Researching your question I expected to find other examples of similar
use of online resources but I came up empty.

I was able to find some research on family caregiving. These reports
describe who in the family fills what roles and it seems that most of
the time one person (frequently the oldest daughter) ends up taking
the lead in providing care. There is very little in these research
reports about how information is shared among caregivers and whether
online family networks are set up and used.

It seems that there is a dearth of specific information about the use
of online family networks in caring for elderly parents.

It is interesting that there are not more software/service options for caregivers. One of the reasons may be it is simply not a “sexy” market. Another reason may be that software developers often address problems that they face in their lives. Generally youthful, these entrepreneurs haven’t yet had to care for an aging parent, friend, of perhaps even a child. And, if they are the caregiver, they likely don’t have the time to dedicate to building software.

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Microsoft Survey Reveals Health Technology Opportunities

Pamela Swingley - August 31, 2009

A new survey released today from Microsoft Corp. shows that Americans would like their health insurers and physicians to proactively use technology to help them build healthier lifestyles. The survey reveals:

* 77 percent of Americans find technology “inviting” instead of “intimidating” when it comes to helping them manage their health.

* 62 percent find personal health records (PHRs) like Microsoft’s HealthVault or Google Health valuable. RememberItNow! includes a number of PHR features.

* 55 percent feel the healthcare system is fragmented for helping people proavtively manage their health.

According to the research, the opportunity for new solutions is plentiful. Insurers and providers have an opportunity to use technology that seamlessly connects into consumers’ daily digital lifestyles to engage them in their health and begin to reverse the course of chronic disease.

Read more.

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