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By MobiHealthNews August 13, 2018
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer. Not only would this dramatically...
By Dave Muoio June 20, 2018
The US’s struggle with opioid addiction rages on, and Facebook seems to have heard critics’ warnings about social media’s role in the epidemic. During an event yesterday, representatives from the company announced that users trying to purchase opioids or find addiction treatment through their platform will be redirected to information about a federal crisis helpline, according to reports from...
By Laura Lovett May 29, 2018
Members of a smoking cessation Facebook group were 2.5 times more successful in quitting than controls over three-month, according to a recent study published in Addiction. However, after a year, those in the intervention group actually had lower rates of cessation than the control group.  "We found that we could reach a hard-to-reach population, have short-term abstinence, and also have...
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....