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).

When our mHealth program director began talking about “Big Data”, I have to admit the first thing that came to mind was an enormous, gold-skinned android (you other Star Trek geeks understand this).

A recent poll by Mitchell Research reports that over 75% of baby boomers have downloaded at least one mHealth app for their smartphones, and almost half have downloaded six or more.

Good mobile apps have features that users want to access many times, in many locations. Read further for tips on building apps that engage patients.

Improve the standard.

With the explosion of mobile apps on the market, clinicians now have at their fingertips some incredible tools for improving care for their patients. Now, I’m not talking about using Angry Birds in therapy. I’m talking about legitimate, well-made apps that integrate evidence-based practices.

If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod you are probably among those that anxiously awaited the release of Apple's much hyped iTunes 11. Now that it's arrived the reception has been mixed. Some users love it; others hate it.

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