The old adage goes that “prevention is better than cure’, and the saying is still very much relevant to our present health situation Once a disease such as heart disease or diabetes starts spreading the results can be costly in terms of treatment involved and can also be life-threatening. If you manage to take necessary precaution and awareness, you will be able to safeguard against possible disaster happening.
For some time now, mass media (radio, newspapers, television, etc.) and of course community-wide strategies have been used or employed in creating awareness about health. The ways or strategies are still being greatly employed but right now they are being supplemented by the use of contemporary technology applications and platforms. The use of technology, unlike the earlier strategies, solely relied on has enabled the refining and care interventions to be instituted or established to be able to address populations that are better defined in a community setting like a workplace This is among the benefits offered by technology. Through internet using different gadgets, opportunities that are unprecedented have been created. It is possible to be in touch with individuals all over the world, flattening the physical boundaries.
At present, it is estimated that there are 22 billion monthly active users of Facebook and this number serves to demonstrate social media’s rapid intake. One other essential change that took place is the improved user experience with the contents that are user-generated and user-manipulated including blogs and social networking sites. Because of the potential of ICT in health in general, there are ways to use technology to create awareness about health:
Platforms to Share Information That Are User-Generated
An example of such a platform is PatientsLikeMe which serves as a necessary health sharing platform through which creation of awareness is possible and also patients can learn and get in touch with each other. For example, through such a platform you can benefit from knowing how to achieve faster metabolism or learn about the correct information in regards to the Flexbelt controversy.
Monitoring Of Public Health Threats
A website such as Health Map and Outbreaks Near Me, a mobile app, are employed for the purpose of making the public aware of the information in regards to infectious diseases that are emerging.
Use Of Technology Tools By Healthcare Professionals
Among the benefits realized by healthcare professionals using social media tools is that they are able to reach their patients through the platforms like Twitter to create awareness in regards to a disease apart from other information related to health.
There are a number of individuals and organizations such as The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation that are raising funds while at the same time managing to create awareness about health issues such as cancer or mental health among others. The use of social media platforms and other websites and services has made that possible.