Updates to four earlier posts. Comments welcomed below.
The Next UN Secretary General will have Little/No Background in Health
Originally published 08.04.16
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Check! On October 13, the UN General Assembly selected Antonio Guterres to be the next Secretary General. You can review his resume here and see that he has no specific health experience or education.
Why CVS Should Retain Target's ClearRx System
Originally published 07.06.15
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Unfortunately, this will not happen. An email I received from CVS on 04.07.16 says "As the pharmacies inside of Target's stores transition to becoming CVS Pharmacy over the next several months, we will be replacing the Target prescription bottle with the same prescription packing used by all other CVS Pharmacy locations." So CVS will hold the patents but not use them. A shame.
Apple's ResearchKit Could be Transformative
Originally published 01.09.15
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ResearchKit launched on 03.09.15 and within seven months there were more than 100,000 participants in the research studies. [ 1 ] At the time of the ResearchKit announcement there were only five apps; today there are 15. [ 2 ] Apple has since released a companion SDK called HealthKit. Their full potential, I'm sure, is only beginning to be realized.
Social Media - Who's Engaging and Who's Engaged
Originally published 09.01.15
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The two tables from that post are reproduced here with updates. The first shows what social media each of the organizations is using. Old chart in gray; additions and deletions in color. The second chart shows numbers of likes (Facebook), followers (Twitter), and subscribers (YouTube). Last year's numbers in black; most recent figures in red. So what's changed?
- UNICEF remains on top, the organization with the most social media outlets and the highest number of followers across Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube combined.
- The Carter Center was the most aggressive in picking up new outlets (adding three and dropping one).
- One organization dropped Instagram, but six others picked it up. This seems in line with Instagram's increased popularity generally.
- Two (ICRC and the Clinton Foundation) picked up Medium, an interesting choice in that it mixes blog posts from individuals and organizations.
- Every organization increased their aggregate number of likes-followers-subscribers. In the overall rankings, Gavi, the Carter Center, and the Clinton Foundation all moved up to higher positions.
[ 2 ] PPD ACT (postpartum depression; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), TeamStudy (health and wellness of former football players; Harvard), EVP (estimated placental volume; Yale), SleepHealth (sleep and wellness; American Sleep Apnea Association), Concussion Tracker (concussions; NYU Langone Medical Center), StopCOPD (lung health; DatSat), Autism & Beyond (young children's mental health; Duke Health), EpiWatch (seizures, Johns Hopkins Digital), Mole Mapper Melanoma Study (melanoma risks; Oregon Health and Sciences University), PRIDE Study (LGBTQ health; University of California at San Francisco), My Heart Counts (cardiovascular health; Stanford University), Parkinson mPower (Parkinson's; Sage Bionetworks), GlucoSuccess (pre-Diabetes and Diabetes; Massachusetts General Hospital), Asthma Health (asthma, Mount Sinai Hospital), C Tracker (hepatitis C; Boston Children's Hospital).