Blog #15 Conclusion

As I am coming to a closing conclusion on my senior exhibition I have discovered that the more I volunteer and am around individuals who are hospitalized, the more I find social networking to be a positive influence on patients. Volunteering has made me realize how many people are diagnosed with diseases and how life changing and difficult that may be. Creating a social networking site, this will allow for the patients to have a positive way to cope with his or her illness. Not only will they be able to cope with their illness but also they will be able to find others with the same illness. I’ve consider maybe having doctors who specialize in certain fields of medicine being tied with different patients allowing the patient to have an “online doctor” to converse with. I don’t know how possible this would be, but it’s definitely worth a shot. I am getting more and more excited about presenting my topic as we move closer to the month of May. I am interested to see how I will set up my whole website and how I will allow for outside people to see it. Although this is my last blog, I will continue to post blogs so I can keep others updated on my ideas and so I can also receive constructive feedback. So far, I have received great feedback that has allowed me to alter my projects hypothesis and product positively. By doing so, this will allow the patients who create webpages to have a more positive experience on “The Health Network.” 

Blog #14 Feedback

While volunteering at the hospital, I have spoken with multiple doctors, nurses, technicians, and secretaries about my essential question. They have all given me constructive feedback. The secretary named Donna Lewis who works with patients, technicians and doctors daily said that “social networking is important because patients should have easier access to websites that allow them to gain more information on their sickness.” Donna also mentioned “What do you do about alternatives with people who don’t have access to the internet. What do you do to help them?” Many doctors I have spoken with believe that a website such as “The Health Network”, Caringbridge.com, or patientslikeme.com can affect patients in a positive way as long as they are being used in the right way by the right people. In order to make sure that only positive feedback is given to the patients, every patient will get a questions sheet about them that they will be required to fill out. I want to make sure that my website is effective but safe and most importantly POSITIVE.
Now that I have received an an immense amount of constructive criticism and feedback, this will help me strengthen my senior exhibition. The last step of my project is my website like I mentioned in my previous blog. I will need feedback on how to organize my website and what themes I should use. For instance, should I have a social media based website or a website strategically focused on medicine in order to capture people’s attention? I also plan to make my website public to where others will see it and want to use it. Multiple people have offered advice about possibly getting a link to my webpage put on Medical University of South Carolina’s website. All of these “opinions” are going to be taken in to great consideration. My question now is “how do I go about accomplishing all of this?”

Blog #13 Success

For my thirteenth blog, I am going to talk about the success of my project. All year long, I have been focused on getting substantial research, receiving feedback from outside sources, and most importantly how this project has affected me as a person as well as my reasoning for continuing to pursue my topic.

So far, my exhibition has been a great success. I have an abundant amount of sources to allow me to be better educate myself about my essential question and my product. I have efficiently finished the rough draft for my research paper that has allowed me to come to conclusions for the answer to my essential question.

For the remaining part of the year, I plan to focus more on bringing the website (my product) together and making sure that it has all the information it needs to in order to educate others. Not only is my goal to educate others about my topic but, to efficiently help others in need through social networking.

Focusing on this project has made me become more aware of certain things in the medical field. The research I have done, feedback I have received, and people I have talked to have increased my interests in studying medicine. The passion that I have for this project and the medical industry is unspeakable. I can only hope that I continue to learn more about my topic.

          I have everything up to date that I need to for my project. Now, I am going to focus on getting my website up and running. I have already come to conclusions for my essential question and I look forward to presenting my topic to the student body at the end of the school year.

Blog #12

Social Media is a universal term for instruments designed to support online social interactions. To be more specific, it refers to tools that help people have conversations online, on topics that matter to them. These conversations can be through Blogs, Wikis, Social Networks and many others. To me, another good example of understanding the impact of social media came when I saw an article about a patient diagnosed with “urinary incontinence”, one of the most under diagnosed, completely misunderstood areas at that time where there are adequate treatment options available to lead a normal life. Thanks to the digital world such conditions today are managed better.

         With our technology today, patients may find superior information on their conditions. These patients may then confront their doctors about what they uncovered. Social media allows for patients to have a better understanding about what his or her condition consist of.  Information available to a patient, education available for a patient, options available to a patient to participate in decision outcomes are some of the parameters that lead to patient empowerment. Social media allows patients to have a better understanding of their illnesses as well as doctors being more educated about medical conditions and the resources available to mange those. Healthcare happens when both patients and doctors using social media work together. Social networking can lead to good health from treatments and diseases by educating and making individuals more involved with their health. Not only does social networking aid patients but it can help greatly reduce healthcare costs. With that being said, social media is extremely influential in patient-centered care.  

Blog #11 Website

As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am creating a website for my senior exhibition. My website is going to be called “The Health Network”. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on website layouts with my father. I have come to the conclusion that the webpage will be centered around a “medical” themed layout rather than a social themed layout. The website itself will allow for people with sicknesses to create an account and interact with others who have the same problems. I want to attract outside sources to my webpage, so they can donate their time and money to certain patients. Not only will outside sources be able to donate money but, they will also be able to host fundraisers in order to raise money for specific diseases that can fund any patient in need with that disease. I also plan to speak with someone in charge of Medical webpage such as MUSC webpage to possibly get my website linked onto their website. This would allow for more people to hear about my website. 

Within the next couple of weeks, I will be focusing on the layout of my website and how I manage to bring it all together. As I continue working on my project I keep bringing myself to my essential question which is “How does social networking affect the medical industry to help those in need of medical care?” Within the last couple of months I have seen that social networking affects more people positively than negatively. In my next blog I will talk more about how my project is expanding and how I see my essential question affecting the public. 

Blog #10 Site Visit

As I have stated before, I volunteer at the Medical University of South Carolina every Monday night. For this reasoning, I have decided to complete my site visit there. My peers and myself included are required to do a site visit for our Senior Exhibition. A site visit is simply a visit to relevant sites related to our Senior Exhibition topic. As we our encouraged to complete more than one site visit, I plan to make volunteering on Monday night’s a greater experience by discovering more about my topic (The Health Network).

While volunteering at MUSC for the past couple of months while focusing on my Senior Exhibition, I have discovered different scopes of social networking and how it influences patients. I have become closer with the nurses, technicians, secretaries, doctors, and most importantly the patients. By doing so, I have created a relationship where I can communicate efficiently about the influences of social networking on patients.

So far, I have learned and received an immense amount of information to help me to further my project. While volunteering, I’ve had multiple secretaries and doctors look at my blog as I educated them on the importance of my project. Every one of them had a helpful amount of criticism to offer. This censure will strengthen my project in areas it needs improvement. As the senior class is required to have their site visit completed by Friday, January 11, I will continue to receive constructive advice and criticism from individuals at my site visit.

Blog #9 Meeting

Wednesday morning, I had a meeting with my advisor. We discussed potential website set-ups along with possible site-visits. I have come to the conclusion that my website will be divided into categories for patients with similar diseases. This way, outside sources will be able to access the patient’s webpage in a quick manner. On the patient’s webpage, the outside source will be able to fund to their medical bills, send them gifts, and possibly visit their patient depending on his or her condition. I will also have a  “journal” for the patients. The journal will be for the patients only and they will have the option of making a specific journal public or not. The journal is a safe place where patient’s can talk about their disease or sickness as a way of coping. Journals that are made public will be available for outsiders to leave POSITIVE feedback. My website will also be an “umbrella” site where any individual can access other health social networking sites from my website. My website will essentially allow the process for searching for “coping” websites or social networking sites much more feasible and quicker. My website will allow CERTIFIED (meaning they went through a background check and test process) volunteers to host events to raise money for certain categories from the website or possibly even certain people.

In the meeting with my advisor, we thought it would be a good idea to look into getting my website link on a medical university’s website such as MUSC hospital. This way people would be more willing to visit my site.

As this is progressively coming together, I will be discussing my ideas with the nurses and doctors that I volunteer with on Monday nights. This will allow me to gain a better insight on my project. I plan to start my website over the holiday break as well as my research paper.

Blog #8 Future Project Plans

As I have stated in previous blogs, the goal of my project is to support others also allowing patient-to-patient referrals. Within the past couple of months, I have done a lot of thinking about how I am going to approach setting up my website (the product). In order to create my webpage, I must become more knowledgeable on my topic (essential question). With that being said, I am setting up my site visit with MUSC. Because I volunteer at MUSC every Monday evening, I plan to speak with the doctor’s as well as some of the nurses. To be more specific, I will be speaking with doctors and nurse technicians who specialize in hematology and oncology. When speaking to them, I will ask for advice as well as their opinions on how they think social networking influences the medical industry. Not only am I speaking with doctors or nurses about my topic, but I am also receiving feedback from patients on a website called PatientsLikeMe.com. On this website patients with the same sicknesses can interact with each other. I created a webpage to find a way to communicate with the patients and to see how social networking has affected them. For my project, I also plan to survey a group of individuals who have or are diagnosed with a certain disease or sickness. By surveying these individuals I plan to discover how effective social media can be.

      Every week, I plan on researching different information about my topic through Google and the library. So far, I am content with my project and can’t wait to see how it expands and what others get out of my project.

Blog#7 My Thoughts

Within the past couple of weeks, I have received a great amount of feedback. This feedback is more than helpful! The more I research and receive feedback about my topic, the more excited I get about my project! I would like to thank those who have given me feedback and constructive criticism. By mentioning my project to various people, my website (the product to my essential question) has the ability to expand and be more effective (positively).

I have taken into consideration that with there being many health social networking sites on the world wide wed, having a website where people can access all of these sites in one place would be ideal. My goal is to create a website that will allow patient interactions as well as support from outside sources. In addition to this website, there will be a list of other accessible health social networking sites. This will allow a quicker and easier way for patients to access these sites. My website will also offer a private online journal. In order to “sign up” on my website, certain detailed personal information will be required from the patients and outside sources for precaution. I want to ensure that anyone who has access to this website has good intentions only.

This website will also focus on ALL sicknesses and/or diseases. Although my website is mainly for people who suffer from sicknesses/diseases, this website will also affect loved ones (friends or family) positively by providing them with moral support.

Again, I appreciate every bit of feedback! Feedback is a great way to improve my project. I hope my project will continue to expand and hopefully this will be something exciting for everyone to get involved in!

Blog #6

Within the last month or so of working on my blog, I have come in contact with more people who are diagnosed with some sort of disease . Before I started this project I always cared for others and wanted to do the best to help or volunteer in my community. But, now that I have had time to work on my senior exhibition my desires for helping others has increased a tremendous amount. Since I have been focused on this project, I have become more aware of the sicknesses that are out there.  Troubling amounts of  diseases, sicknesses, and/or “conditions” exists.  The more research I do, the more I want to help others and gain more knowledge on my topic.

In order to gain more knowledge, I have emailed doctors throughout Charleston. In my email, I talked about my topic and my product. My goal is to gain feedback from doctors, patients, or other outside sources.  As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am currently volunteering at MUSC hospital on Monday nights. I use this as tool to get closer to the patients and to gain a better understanding of who they are and to learn more about their health issues. Throughout the course of the year, my goal is to conitinue my research. In addition to this research I will focus on diseases that are not usually mentioned. There are many people in this world that suffer from a rare disease that not many others have. It is important that these people feel comfort and support as well. With that being said, I want to do the best I can in “discovering” what those other diseases are to further my knowledge and to do the best I can in order to assist or be beneficial to those in need.