The Mobile Health Blog

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.

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.

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.

Here at T2 we’re working on helping those who work directly with patients make better use of our mobile applications. A few weeks ago, Dr.

Behavioral health clinicians may be hesitant to introduce technological options into therapy for many reasons. They may connect the use of some new technology, like mobile apps, solely with entertainment purposes such as games (e.g., Angry Birds).

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