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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Doctors Going Digital

 

http://spinabifidainfo.com/infographics/the-doctors-tech-toolbox/

 

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | Librarian Resources | , , , , | Leave a comment

Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Texting on a keyboard phone

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From the May 5, 2011  Cornflower blog item (The Blog of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region)

Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am.  Not exactly beach weather.  However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion.  So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study.  It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages.  Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much.  Anyway.  This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2011/04/duke-researchers-android-phones-bluetooth-weight-scale/.

Sort of on the same wavelength about getting messages from your phone – there are a growing number of services that will communicate with you to remind you of appointments, to take medicines, or in the case above, maybe even give encouragement.  Some examples:

There is a Health Literacy Out Loud Podcast on this topic: http://www.healthliteracyoutloud.com/2011/04/26/health-literacy-out-loud-57-texting-important-health-messages/

Other developments:

  • In Denver, Co, the hospital group Denver Health has teamed up with Microsoft and EMC on a project to send patients text message reminders about upcoming appointments in a diabetes program that aimed to help patients better self manage their condition.  They ask patients to text in their daily glucose readings.  They hope that this will improve condition management, reduce admission rates and reduce costs.  Read more about this project.
  • Getting teens and tweens to be more complaint with eczema treatments with texting: http://www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/texting.html

For more clinical research see the following:

There’s more where these came from in PubMed.

What is your organization doing with mobile technologies? Does your hospital have ER wait times available via a mobile device? What about appointment reminders?

P.S. Don’t forget about the NLM “Show Off Your Apps” Contest! http://challenge.gov/NIH/132-nlm-show-off-your-apps-innovative-uses-of-nlm-information

P.P.S. (or is it P.S.S.?) Don’t forget about all of the mobile sites and apps available already from the NLM: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/

May 4, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Librarian Resources, Public Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FDA Drug Safety Information by IPhone

From the Medwatcher site (a project of Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and the University of North Carolina)

Stay up to date with the latest news and government safety alerts for the prescription medicines you take. Submit any side effects you experience to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make drugs safer for everyone.

MedWatcher is a mobile tool for both healthcare professionals and the general public. Anyone can submit an adverse event report to FDA using the easy-to-use form on MedWatcher, or post to our online community to talk to others taking the same meds. In the MyDrugs section, you can make a quick list of all the prescription medicines your family or patients take and track the latest developments.

Clinicians will find MedWatcher to be a vast improvement over the paper and fax FDA MedWatch form. No more cramped text boxes or tiny font! Do it at your convenience and fulfill your professional obligations in a convenient way. Get your patients involved in their health.

Take control. Participate in your health care.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Health News Items | , , , | Leave a comment

Mobile Medical Resources Geared Towards Health Professionals (Lists, Guides, and More)

These resources may also be of interest to the general public. This guide, of course, is not all inclusive!
Some sites are fee-based.

Information, Lists

** Mobile Device Information (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Includes links to about 30 free mobile device resources and free iPhone & iPod touch Applications

**Kresge Library List (Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital)
Links to Medical RSS Feeds, Medical Podcasts, Mobile Ready Web Sites and Resources, PDF or PDB Format Materials,         Medical Apps, PubMed Search Apps, and Consumer Health and Medicine Apps.
Last updated December 2009.

**Smart Phone Apps (University of Maryland)
Sites are arranged by category (anatomy,cardiology, clinical tools, drug information, etc)

**Pepid Medical Information Resources (Pepid LLC)
Fee-based applications for health care practitioners (physicians, nurses, etc) and students

Includes Guides, Advice, and Reviews

**iMedical Apps online medical publication written by a team of physicians and medical students who provide commentary and reviews of mobile medical technology and applications (iPad/iPhone & Android)

**Medical and Healthcare iPhone Apps from the BMJ Group (British Medical Journal)
Includes (free) Student BMJ with articles, news, educational materials, blogs, and more.

**Mobile Device Resources for Clinicians (University of Kentucky)
Includes free resources, guide to apps for medical students, mobile device options

**Mobile Apps for Medicine (Mercer University)
Includes free resources, advice/reviews

Sources

**MedLib-L discussion list

** LibGuides

August 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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