The Mobile Health Blog

Last week my aunt called me up and told me that her “fancy iPhone gizmo” was telling her that she needed to update her phone. As I am her favorite niece (well, really her only niece), and I know sooo much about all these techie things, maybe if I wasn’t too busy, could I help her do it?

The CBT-i Coach mobile app, developed through a collaboration of the National Center for PTSD, Stanford University and T2, supports cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i). CBT-i Coach was designed for people who are having difficulty sleeping and participating in cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia with a health provider.

As many of you may know, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Coincidentally, about two weeks ago I came across a recently published article that reviewed iOS and Android mobile apps developed specifically for the prevention of suicide.

We’re pretty excited about the fifth anniversary of one of T2’s flagship products, the website AfterDeployment (AD).

Well 30 minutes was my initial estimate. As an iOS app developer at T2, I reserve the right to refine that estimate as I continue writing and it becomes apparent that my estimate is diverging from reality. And I think that I speak for software developers everywhere when I say that developing estimates is the highlight of my job.

The other day I was sitting in my physician’s waiting room, when I noticed a young lady taking pictures of herself (“selfies"). My doctor’s waiting room is for the entire clinic, including the behavioral health services.

It’s been awhile since we’ve highlighted recent mobile health research, and 2013 looks like it’s turning out to be the year to research health-related mobile apps! In the last six months there has been a blossoming of peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of mobile apps for improving health.

Pardon me if I resort to reminiscing while writing my inaugural blog, but I want to start at the roots of my technological career. Memories of my first tablet computer are being resuscitated from over fifty years ago. It was invented in relative obscurity in the mid-1950s by Frenchman Andre Cassagnes.

We’ve already talked about what makes a good app, but my question for you is, do you need a mobile app at all? Mobile is the buzzword of the moment. And it seems as if everyone is interested in making an app.

We all need training at different points in our lives, whether it’s to learn to ride a bike or drive a car, or to stay current in a chosen career; it has to happen. For some, thinking about a training opportunity is uplifting and viewed as a time to engage in a new topic.

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