public health

Getting answers from a chatbot: Empowering patients through artificial intelligence – Health Article

Last year, I posted about Alexa being able used to access complex health information. Microsoft, on the other hand, has taken a different approach to the use of a chatbot/AI for healthcare. Instead of the chatbot being able to access your health record, why not have it answer routine questions patients have prior to an appointment? With this goal in mind, Microsoft has created the Microsoft Healthcare Bot, which is a service that allows healthcare organizations to streamline their processes,…

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Googling for health information: A needle in a very, very, large haystack – Health Article

Previously, I talked about smart speakers , how they can be used as a way to find health information, and some of the implications this has for the delivery of healthcare. I want to switch gears a little bit now, and discuss how we, as patients, search for information prior to going to the doctor. To talk about that, I’m going to focus on a recently published report by KRC Research, titled “The Great American Search for Healthcare Information,” which…

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Everyone Has a Part to Play in Ending Vaccine Hesitancy – Health Article

Felicia D. Goodrum Sterling Heidi L. Pottinger By FELICIA D. GOODRUM STERLING, PhD and HEIDI L. POTTINGER, DrPH, MPH, MA The measles outbreak in Washington state this week has brought new attention to the anti-vaccine movement.  In fact, the World Health Organization recently identified “vaccine hesitancy” as one of top threats to global health. In the US, the number of unvaccinated children has quadrupled since 2001, enabling the resurgence of infectious diseases long-since controlled.  In fact, the WHO claims a…

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CES 2019 – Healthcare innovations to look out for – Health Article

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event that attracts over 180,000 attendees each year, showcasing the most cutting edge, revolutionary technology imaginable. Of interest to readers of PHP however, will be the Digital Health Summit, which focuses on how technology can revolutionize healthcare and wellness. In fact, healthcare has become so ingrained in CES, that attendees can now earn CME (continuing medical education) credits for some of the sessions. I’ve highlighted a few of these innovations below; it…

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New year, new trends: What to watch for in healthcare in 2019 (Part 1) – Health Article

As we start a new year, every company and healthcare professional starts to think about what innovations the new year could bring. While some have very positive and innovative results, there are also risks we have to consider. Below, I’ve listed what I think are the five trends to watch in 2019. 1. Putting patients at the centre of our healthcare system The patient perspective has been one that has been discussed for a long time, and is slowly becoming…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

Most patient visits to doctors result in a prescription written for a medicine that people retrieve from a pharmacy, whether retail in the local community or via mail order for a maintenance drug. This one transaction generates a lot of data points, which individually have a lot of importance for the individual patient. Mashed with other patients’, prescription drug utilization data can combine with more data to be used for population health, cost-effectiveness, and other constructive research pursuits. At HIMSS19,…

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New year, new trends: What to watch for in healthcare in 2019 (Part 2) – Health Article

Last week, I discussed the five biggest health trends to keep an eye on in 2019. To recap, the first three items were: Putting patients at the centre of our healthcare system Using data effectively to improve outcomes Disrupting existing care paradigms Today, I’ll be continuing on that theme, with items 4 and 5 on that list. 4. Ensuring that data are kept secure A fully integrated, fully connected data warehouse is a wonderful idea that has a lot of…

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The planetary diet: How humans need to eat to sustain a population of 10 billion – Health Article

We’re reaching a breaking point as a species, with our population growth rapidly outstripping what the Earth is capable of supporting. UN population estimates state that, in the last fifty years, our population has gone from 3.7 billion to 7.8 billion; and in the next fifty, it will increase to a whopping 10.6 billion people. However, concomitantly with this population change, has been a change in our diets. Globally, we have shifted to unhealthy foods that are high in calories,…

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