Dr. Jae Osenbach

Jae Osenbach, Ph.D. is a research psychologist and subject matter expert with the Mobile Health Program at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

The Other Side of the Stigma Coin

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. Today I want to discuss the other side of that coin: patient stigma toward the use of mobile apps for sensitive issues.

Mobile App Self-“Assessment”

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. What’s really happening, though, is that patients are finding free and cheaply-developed assessment apps and trying to self-diagnose.

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