January 27, 2021
Twitter could play a role in predicting COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, according to a new study published in Nature. The research compares the winter of 2019-2020 to the last five winters and found an uptick in levels of concern about pneumonia in regions that soon after became coronavirus hot spots.
“[W]e have analyzed data from Twitter across a number of European countries to show that...
October 28, 2020
Not every patient is going to be satisfied with their trip to the doctor. But a new study published by JMIR found some especially strong feelings in a wave of tweets from 2018 with the hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads. Researchers investigated the tweets and found the hashtag was used in roughly 40,000 tweets, more than half of which were from patients sharing negative medical experiences.
July 27, 2020
About the author: Roman Giverts is founder and CEO of VuMedi, a video education platform for doctors. The platform hosts more than 30,000 videos from medical institutions including Cleveland Clinic, UCSF, Stanford, Columbia and others.
COVID-19 has accelerated our reliance on digital platforms for news and information. As businesses and communities shut down over the last three months in the name...
July 24, 2020
A new twitter movement dubbed #MedBikini has emerged after a research article published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery concluded that half of the recent and soon-to-be graduates in vascular surgery has social media accounts with “unprofessional content.”
This content included what researchers categorized as “inappropriate attire,” which the article defined as: “pictures in underwear,...
March 11, 2020
After his coronavirus diagnosis, Dr. Yale Tung Chen, an emergency room doctor at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, was sent into quarantine. But this became an opportunity for him to educate the public about the virus.
Now four days into his isolation, Chen has actively posted live updates on Twitter about his condition and fielded questions from fellow Twitter users, providing a first-...
February 25, 2020
British AI chatbot and virtual care company Babylon is used to getting shade from the public and the medical community alike. But recently it went a step further to strike back at one of its most prominent critics.
For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of...
May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...
May 16, 2019
Help from above. The Department of Justice has taken the side of tech-enabled insurer Oscar Health in a federal antitrust suit it filed in November of last year against Florida Blue, Crain’s New York Business reports. While Oscar’s motion for a temporary injunction was rejected by a federal judge back in February, the DOJ filed a statement in April arguing that Florida Blue had incorrectly...
January 25, 2018
Yesterday, Apple made a big, long-awaited announcement in healthcare: the company is entering the personal health record space with Apple Health, a new feature that will interface with EHRs at 12 hospitals.
The news prompted immediate and vibrant feedback on Twitter, much of it centered on whether or not Apple could succeed where numerous others have failed. WeGo Health Chief Strategy Officer...
October 17, 2017
Google briefly tested, but has either removed or planned to remove, a feature in Google Maps that automatically added calorie counts to walking routes, and even expressed the number of calories as an equivalent number of "mini-cupcakes."
The feature was rolled out on a test basis to some iOS users, but was rapidly panned on Twitter. In addition to a general feeling that the app was shaming or...