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Today sees the launch of the free Five Ways to Wellbeing app for iOS and Android devices.
You may remember back at the end of April the initial testing stage of the app. After many hours of graft we’ve got to the exciting time – launch!
1. Connect 2. Be Active 3. Take Notice 4. Keep Learning 5. Give
The app takes the ever popular and evidence-based Five Ways to Wellbeing and puts them in an easy to use and flexible format. By setting activities for any of the Five Ways you can help improve your wellbeing and reflect on how your activities affect it.
The app isn’t prescriptive. It sets no minimum or maximum limits. You can use the Five Ways every day or just a few times a month. It’s all about finding a level that suits you personally.
So, download it now for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store and have a play. You never know, it could change your whole outlook on life…
As part of my work at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust I’ve been working with Google to create an indoor map of St George’s Hospital in Tooting. An indoor map allows anyone using Google Maps to see a floor by floor layout of Wards, Departments and points of interests such as cash machines, shops, toilets etc.
The maps also allow users to search for a ward and a pin will be dropped on the ward so they can see where it is. They can then navigate to the ward from their current location, much like in the normal Google Maps. Once this functionality has matured patients will be able to navigate from their door to their ward from directly within Google Maps.
Google Maps is the most used app on Smartphones globally and has over 1,000,000,000 active users a month. By bringing Hospital wayfinding into the a widely used tool it increases discovery, doesn’t require any extra effort from the user (they would be using Google Maps to get to the hospital) and thanks to the ecosystem built around Google Maps filters down into other apps.
Of course while Google Maps is a really great platform there are others such as Apple’s maps on iOS, Bing and OpenStreetMap. Currently these platforms don’t offer anything similar to Google’s indoor maps, and certain platforms like Apple’s maps don’t show more than a big red blob for St George’s. Luckily we now have our site drawings in a format we can use to add detail to the other platforms and knowledge of how the different types of map object work to make these details easy to find, and interact with.
Should the NHS be looking to make its wayfinding information publically available via existing tools or should NHS trusts continue to create their own tools?
p.s. something you might also like to think about ahead of time is what about the introvert CEOs? Do they just have to get on the social media bandwagon and push their personalities out there or can social media and introversion be the best of friends?
From: Aaron Gow is an NHS communicator with nearly 10 years’ experience. He is Programme Manager, Knowledge and Communications, at Haelo, a new organisation that is helping the NHS to improve.
What do you know about pressure ulcers?
Did you know that pressure ulcers affect hundreds of thousands of people each year?
In 2012, 186,617 people were harmed from pressure ulcers that developed in hospital in England. Of this, 148,293 could be avoided.
Pressure ulcers can range in severity from patches of discoloured itchy skin to ulcers that are so severe that they turn into gaping, pus-filled holes where muscle or bone may be exposed or damaged. As a direct result of pressure ulcers people get blood poisoning, bone and joint infections, flesh-eating bacteria and/or gangrene.
Pressure ulcers are shocking, happen quickly and up to 80% of them could be avoided.
Shocked yet? Because we are.
A growing group of healthcare professionals from staff on wards, to directors of nursing, NHS leaders and consultants, are joining together reduce pressure ulcers. We know there is good work going on, but there are also people and organisations who need help to improve their services. We’re committing to reduce the number of people getting pressure ulcers by 50% by 31 March 2014. That’s 74,647 people who could have a better life free from pressure ulcers.
While this is a national campaign, it’s not a designated part of anyone’s day job; we’re all doing it as something extra because we realise that change needs to happen now.
Web dev and digital comms position
We need help from some NHS staff who are technically minded with both web design and development and digital comms experience. We want people who really know how communications can make a massive difference to peoples’ lives and help deliver a project with national and international significance.
It’ll be challenging work, juggling data, news and stories from across England. But it’ll be rewarding. Think of all those people who you can help. The work will all be based on mobile working – video calls and emails – so there is no need to be located in the North West of England to get involved.
Some initial campaign details can be found on Prezi and Scribd. If you’re interested, drop me an email for more details.
YouTube currently has over 1 billion unique users per month with over 4 billion hours of video watched during that period. In the UK YouTube is now the 3rd most popular site with UK internet users watching 184 million hours of content. Those figures are all well and good but does YouTube figure as highly when we talk about healthcare?
Without doubt google is the number one search engine but perhaps you didn’t know that YouTube is ranked second. Certainly this well-known video would have you believe that statistic. Of course some such as Rose McGrory are sceptics and might dispute this finding. In terms of health I would dispute it myself.
There is no doubt that patients find it incredibly useful for posting vlogs, providing peer to peer support, talking about campaigns that affect their daily lives and using video to better understand treatments they are about to embark on. My real unanswered questions is whether healthcare professionals view it the same way? A report last year in the USA by iHealthBeat indicated that physicians are now turning to Youtube to help educate patients and other physicians but is that the same in the UK? My own medical team and I will often share videos that are either of practical use to my treatment or about opportunities that might one day have an impact on patients like myself. For example 3D printed kidneys as a way forward for organ transplantation.
There is no doubt that the NHS has turned to video as a means of communication. The NHS Choices Channel has had nearly 13.5 million views. The world renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital Channel has 225,000 views which compared very favourably to the USA’s Mayo Clinic channel’s 10,000 views. So where are all these views coming from? I suspect once again it is patients that are driving this traffic and driving the demand for more video content but what do the healthcare professionals think? My questions to you are simply these?
Is video perceived as an important communication tool for you?
Do you regard YouTube as a vital part of your social media menu?
Do you think youtube will always be more patient than physician focused?
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