The Mobile Health Blog

Mobile apps are the newest tool in a health care provider’s toolbox to encourage patient self-care and health management. Earlier this year, I worked with an active-duty family physician in a primary care clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to pilot a process for prescribing a sleep app during a patient visit.

When service members leave the military, the transition to civilian life can be very stressful. They have to make decisions about where to live, how to care for their families, whether to seek employment or go to school, and where to receive health care.

For many people, the post-holiday season can be a challenging time of year. For those struggling with depression, loss or loneliness, postings on social media of the perfect gift received or party attended can make these challenges seem even worse.

Telehealth—meeting with a health care provider over the internet—is being increasingly used. Does this approach work for psychological health care? Does using telehealth for depression treatment work as well as going to a clinician’s office? The intuitive answer to this question is, “no.”

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