Weekly Reflection – Week 3/4 By: Jamie Walzer

As I was reading “40 Health statistics to blow your mind” by Manisha Kathooria, I was absolutely astonished when I found out there was 2.2 million Android apps and 2 million iOS apps.I was amazed that of these millions, 165,000 were apps in the healthcare category alone.  This article was posted about three months ago, so these statistics are pretty recent. I thought it was great that this number keeps rising. Especially in the US, there is such a problem and epidemic with diseases, most of which that have precautionary measures (specifically in health/diet/exercise) that we can take to lower your risks. These apps are a fun and convenient way to begin a path to a healthier future. The app could be something as simple as tracking your water, to encourage and remind you of all the benefits water provides. And other thins to meditations and relaxation exercises to lower your stress levels and maintain better homeostasis. Manisha also notes “the development of mobile health technology is an effective way to increase patient and provider engagement to deliver better healthcare services.” I think this quote is a very simple way of saying how important and effective these apps, and technology in general, has become, and how it impacts our daily lives and overall well being. Other statistics she shared that I thought were especially interesting were “93% of physicians believe that mobile health apps can improve patient’s health, 79% respondents to a survey say that that they feel more connected to healthcare providers who don’t spend lot of time on paperwork during visits, and 31% of surveyed organizations offer a specific app for patients while 30% are currently developing an app”. This last quote goes to show that technology is no where near disappearing. Everyday it advances; anyone from big companies to small businesses, everyone is utilizing technology and its advances to connect and expand to customers.

In the “Friending” Teens: Systematic Review of Social Media in Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care”, they identified 288 studies involving social media. The ways in which the social media was leveraged by the study included observing adolescent and young adult behavior, providing health information, engaging the adolescent and young adult community, and recruiting research participants. Common health topics addressed included high-risk sexual behaviors, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, Internet safety, mental health issues, medical conditions, or other specified issues. In their conclusions, they found “it has been successfully used to engage this age group, identify behaviors, and provide appropriate intervention and education.” I think that this thorough study’s conclusions were pretty obvious. Teenagers and young adult obsess nowadays over social media. It was interesting that they took the time to think out a study, but I think anyone could have concluded without a study, the same findings.

 

After reading the hack brief article, I was shocked in what I found out. In 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield Excellus’s system was hacked. “That data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and a variety of account information including claims and financial payment details.” This scared me personally, because this is the insurance my family and I all have. I thought this article related to what we talked in class about how to change your passwords. Dr. Yang lectured us on how our passwords for all our difference accounts should be different. He even gave us a strategic system on how to create a tricky password that no one would guess, and would be hard to breach. Keeping our information private is a vital part to our security. A hacker finding just your email password alone, could have your name, address, birth date, personal records, and even financial accounts in a matter of minutes.

 

http://kaysharbor.com/blog/healthcare/40-amazing-mhealth-statistics-to-blow-your-mind

http://www.jmir.org/2015/1/e4/

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/hack-brief-health-insurance-firm-excellus-says-attackers-breached-10m-records/

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