mHealth Insight

PewInternet Tracking for Health

I’ve explained at length the fundamental difference of opinion that I have with Susannah Fox’s understanding of mHealth (at Pew Research it appears that unless you expressly download a Health App to a smartphone it doesn’t count) but the findings from this latest survey about “Tracking for Health” really highlight how some basic errors are being made when we ignore the widespread use of familiar mobile technology for self tracking.

While the report claims that “up until now there has been no measure of how many people engage” in the activity of “Keeping notes on one’s health” and that a “national telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project” has now found that “69% of U.S. adults keep track of at least one health indicator such as weight, diet, exercise routine, or symptom” and “

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2012 The Awakening

From Jim Stones blog…

Dec 27, 2012

I usually do not post stuff from elsewhere, but this is too good. REQUIRED READ.


Stanislav Mishin

These days, there are very few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various…

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2012 The Awakening

Published on Mar 20, 2012

Carl Kerwick, CFO of Peace in Medicine Healing Center in Sebastopol, California, takes you on a guided tour of their flagship dispensary, and explains the pitfalls of attempting to operate such a business in the current political climate.

This video was produced by Charles Shaw for “After the War on Drugs: Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World,” an openDemocracy symposium held in London UK, Sept 16-17, 2011. Produced by openDemocracy, The Exile Nation Project,, and the Tedworth Charitable Trust.


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mHealth Insight

BMC Mobile technology supporting trainee doctors’ workplace learning and patient care: an evaluation

A variety of information sources are used regularly in the workplace. Colleagues are used daily but seniors are not always available. During transitions, constant access to the electronic library was valued. It helped prepare trainee doctors for discussions with their seniors, assisting the interchange between explicit and tacit knowledge.

By supporting accurate prescribing and treatment planning, the electronic library contributed to enhanced patient care. Trainees were more rapidly able to medicate patients to reduce pain and more quickly call for specific assessments. However, clinical decision-making often requires dialogue: what Smartphone technology can do is augment, not replace, discussion with their colleagues in the community of practice”

Some research has been published on the findings from the Welsh Deanery’s “iDoc” project in the BMC Medical Education Journal by Wendy Hardyman, Alison Bullock and Alice Brown at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Sophie Carter-Ingram at the London Deanery and Mark…

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mHealth Insight

mHealth is the leverage of Mobile for Health

Mobile: the newest Mass Media
Health: The state of complete physical, mental and social well-being

NOTE: It is not a subset of eHealth, in the same way that the TV is not a subset of the Cinema. Mobile has 8 (already identified) unique attributes as the newest mass media and these can be leveraged to empower patients and Healthcare service delivery (click here to check out an example of each).

At least once a day I get asked “what is mHealth”. Despite me thinking it’s pretty simple, there seem to be a variety of different ideas on this which are illustrated perfectly by the rambling definition you’ll find at Wikipedia:

Mobile eHealth or mHealth broadly encompasses the use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies as they are integrated within increasingly mobile and wireless health care delivery systems…

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