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  • 7Dec

    e-Participation and the NHS in Scotland: using social media for feedback and engagement

    The Scottish Health Council is delighted to give you advance notice of this event, which will be held in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 13th February 2013. This FREE day-long conference is an opportunity for staff in the NHS and other sectors to share their experiences and learn about using social media to gather…

  • 1Nov

    Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event – Presentations Available

    Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event from the Information Standard, and supported by PiF took place on Wednesday this week. It was well received with over 100 attendees and plenty of tweets #24octsm. The Information Standard will be uploading the presentations from the day as they get them, and they will be available on their web site. Currently available are presentations from IBM, Latitude on “Pointers for leveraging Google+”, Cancer Research UK and the Digital Strategists at #nhssm.

  • 26Oct

    Leveraging Social Media and Digital Event: Presentations Available

    Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event from the Information Standard, and supported by PiF took place on Wednesday this week. It was well received with over 100 attendees and plenty of tweets #24octsm The Information Standard will be uploading the presentations from the day as they get them, and they will be available on the…

  • 26Oct

    Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2012 focuses on engaging men

    This year, Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week will take place from 5-12th November. The focus will be on engaging men to take a more active interest in their medicines and will draw attention to the pharmacy-based services available to them. Pharmacists will be encouraged to display AYP posters and hand out leaflets in pharmacy, spread the word in the media and using social media, take part in the clinical audit of the week and give a community talk. The Ask Your Pharmacist week web page also features six short videos about engaging effectively with men.

  • 5Oct

    PiF supported event: Leveraging Social Media and Digital

    ‘Leveraging Social Media and Digital’ is a FREE event designed for members and friends of The Information Standard and PIF to hear about the latest developments in social media, learn how to get the most out of different social media platforms, and share experiences and learning’s with other like-minded organisations. Hear from organisations such as Facebook and IBM on the technology side and take the opportunity for smaller group discussions in the afternoon breakout sessions led by organisations including Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Health Unlocked, Breakthough Breast Cancer, Barnsley NHS Trust and #nhsss. The event takes place on 24 October 2012 in London.

  • 17Aug

    Report: Current use, future trends and opportunities in public sector social media

    A new report for the NHS Confederation looks at the use of social media in the public sector, with a specific focus on health organisations. Research for the report consisted of an online survey completed by 25 organisations from the public and private sector and one-one interviews with some of the survey participants. The majority of organisations surveyed are regularly using social media for broadcasting activities and only occasionally using social media for listening activities. One strong theme which emerged during interviews was a recognition by social media practitioners of how simple social media channels and tools are to use, but how challenging it is both culturally and organisationally to harness and use them to the greatest effect.

  • 10Aug

    Don’t panic, says new App

    Panic Aid is an innovative iPhone App designed by Dr Joost Drost, Consultant Clinical Psychologist from the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to provide support for those suffering from panic attacks, anxiety or stress. The App can be used to support other treatments, but can also be used as a stand alone, self-help tool. Offering an initial relaxation exercise, the Panic Aid then explains how anxiety and stress affect your body and your thoughts. Through various breathing & relaxation exercises it will help you deal with anxiety symptoms & panic attacks as they happen.

  • 6Jul

    UK competition to develop an app for young people with diabetes

    The Diabetes App Challenge is a collaborative research project and national competition, funded by Diabetes UK, calling for the submission of apps for young people with diabetes (YPD). The aim of the project is to develop and pilot Internet applications (“apps”), running either on computers or mobile devices, for Young People with Diabetes that help focus their diabetes consultations. The research team have a number of app developers who need the help of YPD. Do you know of any YPD who may have ideas and be prepared to work with these developers (online)? If so, see the web site for more details.

  • 16May

    One in three using social networking sites for health (US)

    One in three people are now using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for health related issues according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 consumers and 124 healthcare executives in the US, showed people are using social media to influence decisions to seek care and to find answers to their medical wants, needs and preferences. The Health Research Institute arm of PWC monitored social media traffic for a week, and found that patients are choosing to obtain medical information from community or patient sites rather than those set up by healthcare organisations.

  • 4May

    Voting results from conference show integrating health information into healthcare delivery is the biggest challenge

    During the PiF annual conference this week delegates were asked to use an electronic voting systems to give their views on three key questions around consumer health information. The results were interesting – more than half of delegates felt that integrating health information into healthcare delivery was the biggest challenge in providing quality health information for patients and the public; Incentives and levers for clinicians and commissioners were felt to be the thing that would make the biggest difference in raising the profile and importance of health information; and core competencies for information staff would make the biggest difference to improving the overall quality of information.

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