The Mobile Health Blog

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.

There’s a new trend going on in the mobile health world that’s definitely worth looking into – health trackers. No, I’m not talking about the grizzly-haired grandpas looking for furry creatures to make coats.

Lately we’ve focused on discussing how providers can embrace the mobile technology world and we’ve been advocating for the use of mobile apps and electronic devices within patient care.

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.

What it is

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?