Twitter and Health 2.0

I recently and reluctantly agreed to join Twitter. I didn’t get why anyone would bother but… I’m convinced. It’s a rich source of ideas, links and questions all in a brief list of messages that can be rapidly scanned. Watch the presentation by VizEdu about how doctors, patients and hospitals could be using this tool. I found out about this vignette on Twitter. It doesn’t fit on my screen, if that happens to you click on the Vizedu link. By the way I am “bonnycastle” on Twitter.

Globalizing Health Knowledge

An article from Dr. Alexandre Gouveia from Portugal shares a message on behalf of the 2nd Annual Virtual Congress of General Practice and Family Medicine.
” Tell me, I forget.
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.
Chinese proverb
The ever changing essence of knowledge and continuous seeking for new discoveries have driven mankind to a tenacious dedication for unveiling the paths and boundaries of the human body. The extent of our knowledge about ourselves has incredibly reached the genetic book of life, allowing in a certain way to forecast the future. But is this immense knowledge leading us to higher levels of health literacy?
Nowadays, citizens are empowered through the fast access to information, and the gap between patients and health information has significantly been curtailed. Health related searches on the internet have increased over the past few years, and online communities of patients, that have physically never met, are flourishing at a fast pace. These current trends of the information and communication technologies are changing the lives of individuals and their families, and also the way that health systems are developing.
We see health consumers rapidly becoming key health players, taking increased responsibility for their health status and data, and ultimately gaining critical knowledge about the quality the health care they receive. Patient-centeredness is a new order, and consequently the web 2.0 effect on the patient-doctor relationship is far for being totally understood.
For general practitioners and family physicians, who are at the forefront of health care systems around the world, this represents an exciting challenge. Moreover, this undoubtedly requires an upgrade of skills which entails joining the technological breakthrough and to face a new set of communication channels: instant messaging, electronic mail and virtual reality, just to name a few… Reassuring the important role of primary care providers in promoting health literacy is of crucial importance and can be achieved at a global scale, and not just simply in local settings.
Thirty years after the Declaration of Alma-Ata, primary health care needs once again gather forces in order to help decreasing inequalities around the world. The demands of health care systems require innovative solutions. As such, eHealth now represent the common voice for globalizing health literacy. The main goal for the Second Virtual Congress of General Practice and Family Medicine is to enable the use of eHealth, so as to empower citizens to use health information in an operational way – in other words, working globally for a wiser health.”

Learning Occurs in Social Networks

The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler’s high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros’ Networked Teacher. I hope that teachers will use it to help their colleagues, parents, and students understand networked learning in the 21st century.
Anyone is free to use this video for educational purposes. You may download, translate, or use as part of another presentation. Please share.

365 Days of Diabetes

Slideshow of Kerri Morrone Sparling’s diabetes 365 project. Diabetes is every day. And in 2008, she had a photo to prove it.
“Over the last 366 days (leap year added the extra challenge), I’ve lived my life with my camera at the ready, snapping photos of everything from CGM sensors to snacks … and the moments in between. I thought that the Diabetes 365 project would make me feel like diabetes is an overwhelming facet of my life, but instead I’ve seen that diabetes truly does not define any of us. We can grab pictures of our meters and our pump sites, but there’s also so much LIFE going on between all these moments of diabetes management.” http://sixuntilme.com/blog2/2009/01/diabetes365.html

Check the Flicker site http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixuntilme/sets/72157603612973464/