Thoughts on the uses of podcasting in healthcare are beginning to trickle in from various sources. At the moment, most are for education – both for the patient and the practitioner.
Browsing Hans Oh’s Blog, I came across this post which balances the notion that while iPods and similar devices + user generated content (podcasts) is becoming fantastically popular the simple fact is that the vast majority are simply still unaware. Hans comments :
I really really question the notion that *everyone* is hip to this idea.
I can’t seem to find the article, but I recall reading about only a
portion of society even being aware of the term "podcast".
In terms of chronic disease, providing cancer patients with access to
interviews, group session discussions or the process for various forms
of treatments can do a great deal to empower patients. It would also
make them feel that they have as much information and support possible
to help them through the process.
It’s interesting to see that the iPod/podcasting phenomenon has kickstarted a lot of thought in the whole area of patient education – which is low cost and home grown and not dependent on Patient Entertainment System platforms or Digital TV.
Like the Welsh GP Surgery offering Video Podcasts (vlogs) instructing patients in effective use of an inhaler – I hope that these ideas and initiatives are not bound by the artificial constraint of the player itself. The vast, vast majority of the population will still not own a €350 device such as an iPod; however, a greater majority of us will have a computer with a broadband connection.