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Mobile Health Research Highlight: CABITs, TRICKs and HIVAS, Oh my!

In the last Mobile Health Research Highlight we examined theory-driven mHealth research. This week we highlight three new studies evaluating mHealth interventions, as well as talk about another trend in mHealth research: the widespread use of clever acronyms. While the use of acronyms isn’t a new phenomenon (I work for the military and can hear whole sentences of only acronyms), it seems like every new mHealth intervention has a creative nickname. I’ll break down the latest in mHealth acronyms:

Secretary of the Army John McHugh Visits T2 and Kicks the Tires

One of the challenges of developing innovative military health applications is trying to anticipate what will appeal to both the boots on the ground and senior leaders. Here at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), we coordinate frequent focus groups and several studies to help keep current with service member needs.

Mobile Health Research Highlight: Theory-driven mHealth

Traditional health care interventions are based on theory, which helps guide the development and evaluation of those interventions. One weakness in mHealth is the lack of theory to drive the rise of innovative technology-based interventions. The next step in the development of mHealth is to use theory to drive the development and evaluation of interventions.

Mobile Health Apps for Kids: Schoolhouse Rock for the 21st Century

If you spend any time with children you know how easy it is for them to adapt to new technology. Have you noticed toddlers trying to swipe the TV screen? How about asking you to “pause” a conversation? It’s no wonder that parents are turning to mobile devices to help supplement educational needs. Just as Sesame Street helped Generation X learn the alphabet and numbers, now Sesame Street apps are helping kids today .

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