Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
jofish at jofish.com
It's now generally accepted that social support is extremely important in healthcare, particularly in diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
"Social support has been associated with decreased cardiac mortality in both men and women, better physical and psychological status of cardiac patients and their caregivers, and better adherence to treatment routine"
Bjornsdottir, G. Online social support for individuals concerned with heart disease: observing gender differences. Proceedings of AMIA '99. Avaliable at www.amia.org/pubs/symposia/D005396.PDF
Infant birth weight is positively affected by amount and number of types of social support mother receives during pregnancy.
Feldman P, Dunkel-Schetter C, Sandman, CA and Wadhwa PD. Social support during
pregnancy can affect fetal growth and birth weight. Psychosomatic Medicine
A basic equation: one trades personal information (and a little privacy) for the support and positive competition provided by a social group. Works for...
Current electronic social support networks rely on mailing lists, webpages, and newsgroups.
An interesting note: online forums for social healthcare support are statistically used more and seems to be more useful to women than men. (see Bjornsdottir 2001 for various refs)
Rather than spend time on this, I'm going to uncreatively assert that it's currently cheap to get a small amount of data to a device, it's only slightly more expensive to get data from a device, and that both are going to get cheaper and easier.
The Asthma Project Working Group: medical and scientific experts on air quality from John Hopkins, MGH, Harvard Public Health, the EPA, and other researchers at MIT. The aim of the group is to deploy in-home air quality sensor units, and complimentary devices for displaying both in-home data (second-hand smoke) and larger, neighborhood-sized air quality sampling information (black carbon from diesel buses and major highways). Initially this study is concentrating on a neighborhood in Springfield, MA, which has the highest asthma morbidity rate in the state.
Question: How to integrate the ability to sense and provide data specifically for the patient and their household, in a way that improves quality of life and health?
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