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By Laura Lovett May 10, 2018
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can be isolating, but researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis have developed a Facebook “friendsourcing” app that is designed to help caregivers connect.  The app gives caregivers a support group on Facebook where they can pose emotional and informational questions. Members of the support group can then push those...
By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2018
Facebook is expanding its blood donation feature in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, the company announced this morning at its F8 developer conference. “According the the World Health Organizations there are more than 70 countries in the world where people don’t have safe blood when needed and people often have to find their own blood donors,” Facebook’s Head of Health Hema Budaraju told...
By Laura Lovett April 9, 2018
Need advice? Study says look to the web. A free web-based decision aid that aims to help women with breast cancer make choices about their reconstruction surgery could help save money, according to a new study published in Psycho-Oncology. The study, which took place in Australia, looked at 106 women who used the online service, called BRECONDA, and 116 women who received the standard of care....
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2017
Social media, and Facebook groups in particular, could be a helpful tool for increasing patient engagement and satisfaction, according to a study published in Surgery.  “In this qualitative pilot study, we have found that incorporation of [social media] into clinical practice using Facebook is not only feasible but can provide a substantial benefit to patients, with 95 percent of survey...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2017
Facebook is ramping up both its human response efforts for suicide threats or high-risk postings, and its use of artificial intelligence to identify such risks, the company wrote in a new blog post yesterday. "Over the last month, we’ve worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts," VP of Product Management Guy Rosen...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2017
Facebook is introducing a new feature in India to help promote blood donation and connect donors with people in need of blood, the company announced in a blog post yesterday. The feature will roll out in two phases. Starting on October 1 (India's National Blood Donor Day), Facebook will begin prompting users to sign up to be blood donors, and to optionally share that they've signed up. Users can...
By Heather Mack June 6, 2017
There’s a new chatbot in town, and it only wants to talk about mental health. Meet Woebot, now available to anyone via Facebook Messenger looking for some supportive talk to deal with anxiety or depression. Rather than augmenting a real therapist or even a non-clinical person, Woebot is wholly robotic; open to engage with an individual as often or as little as they want depending on their needs....
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Heather Mack March 1, 2017
After building up the human component of their network of suicide prevention organizations, Facebook is now bringing in the machines: The social media company announced they have updated their suicide prevention tools with artificial intelligence to identification of those at risk as well as improve the reporting process and speed up response time. On a company blog post from Vanessa Callison-...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial. But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...

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