Medicare Data Release Spurs Health Tech Innovations

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This post was written by Cassidy Hayes. On April 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a pool of Medicare payment data to the public. The data detail a year’s worth of services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by more than 880,000 U.S. doctors — including the payments that these […]

#inspirehealth: CommunicateHealth at NCHCMM 2013 Part 1

This post was written by Perrie Briskin. Last week we traveled to Atlanta to attend and present at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media (NCHCMM). It was 3 days of invigorating talks that made us proud to be health communicators. Presentation topics ranged from case studies on recent government health campaigns to […]

I’m a health tracker!

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This post was written by Caroline Conena.  In January, I wrote my first blog on tracking your health. In May, I opened a package with a Fitbit One™ tracking device. Coincidence? Did Fitbit — a company devoted to helping people lead healthier, more active lives — read my previous post and send me swag? No, […]

Reflections on TEDMED 2013 and Hopes for TEDMED 2014

  The following is a guest post by Dr. Ivor Braden Horn, a board-certified pediatrician and leading thinker on how social media and mobile health technology can be used to improve health outcomes in underserved populations. She is an NIH-funded investigator whose research interests focus on health care communications and child health disparities.     […]

Protecting the Sexual Health of NYC Teens

Screen shot of Teens in NYC Protection+ app that lists where to go, what to get, and what to expect as menu options

The Bloomberg administration in New York City has combined 3 of my very favorite things — sexual health, adolescent health, and digital health — with the launch of a new app that gives teens quick access to information about important sexual health services. Funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, […]

DHCX — A True Extravaganza

This post was written by Mary Ann Petti, MPH, CHES. We’re back from this year’s Digital Health Communication Extravaganza (DHCX) in sunny Florida and we’re feeling excited, inspired, and ready to use what we’ve learned! DHCX is a great place for CommunicateHealth to mix and mingle — in person and on Twitter — with the […]

Extravaganza Time!

This post was written by Mary Ann Petti, MPH, CHES. Three days, 29 poster presentations, 32 verbal sessions, and hundreds of health communication experts flocking to Orlando, Florida — that’s right, the countdown to the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza (DHCX) is finally over. DHCX combines technology and health communication, with a focus on improving health […]

Are you a tracker?

Image of a diet tracking app reads: My Journals: Day 1: January 29: 1 banana, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1 cup of coffee, black

This post was written by Caroline Conena.  Keeping track of personal data has never been easier. We track our bills. We organize our appointments. And now it seems that most of us keep tabs on our health. New findings from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project indicate that 69% of U.S. adults […]

Googling for Health

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Our friends at the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new study this week pointing to the increasing role of the web in medical diagnoses. 1 in 3 American adults is an “online diagnoser” — are you? 35% of U.S. adults say that at one time or another they have gone online specifically […]

CommunicateHealth to Host First-Ever Health Literacy Hackathon!

This post was written by Mary Ann Petti, MPH, CHES. On October 13 and 14, the inaugural CommunicateHealth Health Literacy Hackathon will challenge participants to create a technology-driven tool to improve how people understand and use health information. It could be an app, a website, an interactive online tool, a media campaign, or something else! Inspiration […]