Social Media

An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Patients will be able to look at their records, order repeat prescriptions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries. The app will…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has issued a warning to care workers over unofficial versions of some of their learning resource apps. The regualtor has reported that unauthorised websites have made what appear to be Android versions of some of their apps and are making these available for download.…
Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
Researchers in Glasgow have developed a new online tool to help identify young people with emerging signs of mental health problems, such as psychosis. Nearly one third of the participants using the screening tool, which was created by researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, were…
Social workers should use Facebook and Twitter to engage with people sharing extreme and violent material online, according to an expert on the far right and terrorism. Vidhya Ramalingam said they should have the same kind of conversations on social media that a youth worker might have had with a…
Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, recorded using an app on Apple Watches and iPhones, could be used by doctors to see if patients need help in between appointments, a clinician has said. The feedback would…
A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half of 12-year-olds have livestreamed videos online. A YouGov survey carried out for Barnardo's found that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one in four children aged 10 (28%)…
Emergency services can instantly assess patients from afar using live video streaming technology.A new feature on the GoodSAM platform enables medics to initiate a video link with 999 callers, allowing them to determine the severity of casualties before arriving on scene.Two air ambulance services have begun using the technology, which…
Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time. The technology…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service workers. There are many parts of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers that are relevant to social media. The video animation explains how workers can use the guidance to…
The Scottish Government has launched a new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy that sets out how technology can support person-centred care and help to not only sustain but improve services for the future. The new strategy has been developed over the past year, and its aims and priorities have…
‘Cancer Caring Coping’ is a new online resource created by cancer caregivers for cancer caregivers. It is based on research by Dr Olinda Santin from Queen’s University Belfast, who found that cancer caregivers have poorer health compared to caregivers of other chronic conditions. The project, led by Queen’s University Belfast…
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