How Social Media is shaping health care response to typhoon ravaged communities

How Social Media is shaping health care response to typhoon ravaged communities

During previous typhoons in the Philippines, particularly typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), social media made an impact and changed the way we handle disaster and rehabilitation. People searched for unaccounted relatives and friends from all communication channels,  including social media. Typhoon updates and relief efforts were posted on social media sites. Comments and issues affecting post typhoon(…)

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Innovations that could impact rural health care

Innovations that could impact rural health care

Innovations in healthcare are often concentrated in urban areas. This left the rural residents facing challenges much bigger than their urban counterparts. Although there’s no accurate data to show differences in healthcare delivery systems between rural and urban communities in the Philippines, health statistics paints a grim picture of healthcare in less urbanized regions of(…)

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Disruptive innovations that will potentially change delivery of healthcare in the Philippines

Disruptive innovations that will potentially change delivery of healthcare in the Philippines

What is disruptive technology?

A disruptive technology is an innovation providing a product or service that is so compelling that everyone rapidly abandons their current way of doing things and flocks to what is new- Hank C. Lucas Jr (University of Maryland)

In an archipelagic country like the Philippines and with a healthcare delivery system lagging behind its neighbors, disruptive technologies offers us a new way of looking at problems.

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Should the medical community recognize the social media work of healthcare professionals?

Should the medical community recognize the social media work of healthcare professionals?

A surgeon blogger  raised an interesting question about social media and academe in his blog Skeptical Scalpel. The author compared his blog post‘s page views to the number of people who read his published scientific articles – peer-reviewed papers, case reports, review articles, book chapters, editorials, and letters to journal editors on a peer reviewed journal.  The 13,(…)

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Who owns Healthcare data on Social Media?

Who owns Healthcare data on Social Media?

Some patients wanted access over his or her clinic/ hospital records (EHR or paper based). Others, want total control over it. The rising trend of sharing healthcare data in social media fueled fears of healthcare data privacy breaches. In this age of smartphones and social media, who owns healthcare data?

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