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News items focusing on eHealth

eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today's society.

This theme covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.


BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making

Exploring the implementation of an electronic record into a maternity unit

Despite expectations that the ERS would have a number of advantages, its implementation was perceived to have a range of disadvantages and only a limited number of ‘clinical benefits’. The study highlights the complexity of implementing electronic systems and the associated longevity before they can become ‘embedded’ into routine practice.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Social Media Use Among Living Kidney Donors and Recipients: Survey on Current Practice and Potential

The purpose of this study was to examine the social media use of potential kidney transplant patients and their willingness to use social media and their networks to advocate and educate about living kidney donation.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

IntelliCare: An Eclectic, Skills-Based App Suite for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

Digital mental health tools have tended to use psychoeducational strategies based on treatment orientations developed and validated outside of digital health. These features do not map well to the brief but frequent ways that people use mobile phones and mobile phone apps today. The overall objective of this study was to pilot a coach-assisted version of IntelliCare and evaluate its use and efficacy at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Cancer Survivors’ Experience With Telehealth: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis

Net survival rates of cancer are increasing worldwide, placing a strain on health service provision. There is a drive to transfer the care of cancer survivors—individuals living with and beyond cancer—to the community and encourage them to play an active role in their own care. Telehealth, the use of technology in remote exchange of data and communication between patients and health care professionals (HCPs), is an important contributor to this evolving model of care.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

The Use of Motion-Based Technology for People Living With Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Literature Review

The number of people living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is increasing substantially. Although there are many research efforts directed toward the prevention and treatment of dementia and MCI, it is also important to learn more about supporting people to live well with dementia or MCI through cognitive, physical, and leisure means. While past research suggests that technology can be used to support positive aging for people with dementia or MCI, the use of motion-based technology has not been thoroughly explored with this population.

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

A systematic review of the use of telehealth in speech, language and hearing sciences

“The advancement of information and communication technologies provides more favourable conditions for providing distance care in several areas… Some barriers still need to be overcome, such as technology, training, regulation, acceptance and recognition of the benefits of this practice by the public and professionals.”

NHS Wales

Smartphone App will help people find the quickest care

People in North Wales who need treatment for an injury can now get up to the minute information on waiting times at the regions Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust who have developed a smartphone app that lets people find out how many people are waiting at different and hospitals and the current waiting times for patients needing non-urgent treatment.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Social media guide for community pharmacy teams and LPCs

This guidance aims to help community pharmacy teams and local pharmacy committees consider the benefits of using Twitter and other social media as tools for keeping up to date with news or communicating with patients and other stakeholders. This guide covers the benefits of using social media and guidance on creating internal policies for its use and practical pointers on how to use the most relevant social media platforms.

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