The Mobile Health Blog

In a previous article, I discussed how to use our T2 Mood Tracker app in a clinical setting. This week, I want to focus on another of our popular apps, Breathe2Relax.

Not only do mHealth resources need to be engaging, factually accurate, and useful, they need to be usable. What is the difference between useful and usable you ask? Please allow me to step onto my soapbox.

Did you know that May is National Mental Health Month?

In the dream physician office, a kiosk is set up in the waiting room where patients complete a whole series of pre-visit assessments. I’m envisioning something like a validated diagnostic questionnaire pre-loaded into a tablet computer attached to a small stand outside the office door.

We here at T2 think that mobile health is the wave of the future. But, we also recognize that for many providers, the first hurdle is not in getting patients to use apps as part of their care – but in providers learning how to use their own devices in the first place!

Exercise, mental health days, proper nutrition – sure, providers know how to take care of themselves. The hard part is actually following through.

If you’re like most people, you primarily learn about and download apps from the two goliaths of the mobile app world: iTunes and Google Play.

Working with patients with neurocognitive deficits demands flexibility, creativity and persistence on the part of the clinician. It’s the job of the clinician to understand each patient’s unique set of strengths and weaknesses in the development of a therapy program.

So your organization is starting a blog about your area of health care. Of course, I think blogs can be a great addition to traditional standards of care. Blogs are an excellent way to deliver health information quickly to a broad audience.

One of the biggest risks to your behavioral health is putting off treatment that could not only get you feeling better sooner, but also save your relationships, your career, and ultimately, your life. There are a lot of reasons we put off taking care of ourselves.

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