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April 26, 2011


Mobile Health 2011

By BJ Fogg Exit Disclaimer, Executive Director, and Tanna Drapkin, Managing Director, Mobile Health 2011

Mobile Health 2011

On May 4 and 5, over 400 people will gather at Stanford University to hear 45 experts Exit Disclaimer share what really works in creating solutions to improve health behavior using mobile technology.

Hosted by Stanford University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mobile Health 2011 Exit Disclaimer highlights real solutions for real people – practical, proven solutions. In fact, “What Really Works” is our official theme.

This is not a conference about speculation or ideas that live only in slides. That’s not helpful. This year we show what’s really working in many facets of mobile health, from early stage design to testing, from distribution to business models. And for the first time ever we’ll have a session on hacking for health (how people have used existing technologies to create quick health interventions), led by Google’s Chief Health Strategist, Dr. Roni Zeiger.

For two action-packed days, industry leaders, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, medical visionaries, and hard-working public servants will share their successes. We’ll learn from those with creative, cutting-edge approaches and from those who are working successfully within the confines of governmental security and privacy laws.

Our program Exit Disclaimer features short talks, fast-paced panels, and long breaks for quality conversations. That means attendees hear from all 45 experts and get to talk with them directly. Some of the most inspiring and exciting moments of the conference happen when attendees connect. Relationships blossom, collaborations ensue, and partnerships form to continue to the critical work of providing innovative and positive health impact through the use of mobile technologies.

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April 12, 2011


Youth, Mobile, and Health at Sex::Tech 2011

By Mindy Nichamin, New Media Coordinator


Earlier this month, I attended Sex::Tech 2011 Exit Disclaimer in San Francisco, the fourth annual conference on technology, youth, and sexual health. At the conference, I heard from a range of experts - sexual health educators, researchers, technology developers, parents, and of course, youth and young adults. During her welcome presentation Exit Disclaimer on Day 1, Sex::Tech founder Deb Levine emphasized that when it comes to reaching young people with sexual health information, there are four key points to consider:

  • Optimize search - young people need the right answers to be accessible
  • Think push, don't pull - deliver messages where youth already are and when they want it
  • Talk to, not at, youth - they're smart - deliver and engage in meaningful (and even humorous) conversations
  • Keep your head in the (computer) cloud - we have to be ubiquitous and "transform sex-ed from boring to brand"

These points echo what we heard from others presenters at Sex::Tech and what AIDS service providers have told us before - that youth want to access health information quickly and easily, especially when it comes to HIV. This could be anything from learning what HIV is, to answering a question about how it's transmitted, to finding an HIV testing site nearby. And youth can (and do!) do this with cell phones. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project Exit Disclaimer, 75% of teens have a mobile phone Exit Disclaimer, 54% of teens send texts every day Exit Disclaimer, and even 84% of teens sleep with their phones on or next to their bed Exit Disclaimer. If we start to think about youth as consumers who are seeking out the product they want, we have to reach the medium where they are, and this is increasingly becoming mobile.

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April 04, 2011


Highlights from SXSWi

By Jeremy Vanderlan, Technical Deputy


The 2011 South by Southwest Interactive Exit Disclaimer festival last month brought almost 19,000 attendees to Austin, Texas from all over the globe, a 40% increase over last year. The additional numbers were noticeable, right from the start. Sessions filled up quickly, escalators jammed more frequently, and the conference locales spread out from the Austin Convention Center to numerous hotels. Nevertheless, there were many highlights and some excellent topics that we plan to focus on as a technical team in the next year.

Among them:

  • Gaming is emerging as a dominant component of online applications. Millions of people use Foursquare, SCVNGR Exit Disclaimer, and social games such as Farmville on Facebook Exit Disclaimer every day. This tidal wave of users tuning into games says a lot about what people expect from online content – engagement, entertainment, social collaboration and even a challenge or two. At, gaming is an aspect that we are paying a lot of attention to, including emerging games that deal specifically with HIV/AIDS.
  • Health and behavior change are converging in interesting ways. With mobile devices capable of delivering real-time notifications, monitoring activity, and serving as input and recording devices for adherence, behavior change through a combination of mobile intervention, good design, and compelling content is a viable strategy. Doing it well takes a lot of hard work and thought, as we learned from’s Exit Disclaimer presentation.
  • Location will continue to merge with mobile. During the conference, we learned that over 40% of searches on Google Maps come via mobile devices. Expect that number to surpass 50% this year alone as smartphones replace older phones without geolocation Exit Disclaimer capabilities. The combination of location, mobile, and health services with the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Locator have proven to be the right combination, as use of the application continues to grow.

These lessons and others we learned throughout the conference will continue to inform and shape our communications and technical strategy over the next year. Do you see these same trends shaping your response to HIV/AIDS?

March 15, 2011


HHS @ SXSWi Part 1: Sound bites

By Read Holman, New Media Strategist, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services (Cross-posted from the HHS Center for New Media Blog)


I’m writing from Austin, Texas, the capital of the Lone Star State, checking in from South by Southwest Interactive, or SXSWi. For those of you who don’t know, SXSWi Exit disclaimer is one of the biggest technology conferences in the world. I’ve met people from California to Nova Scotia, from South Korea to Hamburg, Germany. Over 10,000 people are here, including a number of people from HHS here to observe trends in technology, meet innovators outside of our normal circle, and to hear presentations from some of the smartest people in the industry.

With over 1,000 panels, sessions and events with a wide range of topics, it’s difficult to keep track of even a fraction of the activities. Sessions vary from Your Computer is the Next Wonderdrug Exit disclaimer and Offline America, Why We Have A Digital Divide Exit disclaimer to Stop the Bleeding! Immersive Simulations for Surgeons Exit disclaimer, Inclusive Mobility: How to Make Mobile Apps Accessible Exit disclaimer, and The Behavior Change Checklist. Down with Gamefication Exit disclaimer, and well... a lot more.

A number of panels representing HHS were well attended. Including: Health Data Everywhere: Not a Drop to Link? Exit disclaimer, Minority Report: Social Media for Decreasing Health Disparities Exit disclaimer, and How Open Health Data Can Improve America's Health Exit disclaimer.

I’m still internalizing the information, presentations, and personal conversations I’ve had, so deeper reflection is still to come. But here are a few specific takeaways and sound-bites I’ve been chewing on thus far:

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March 14, 2011


HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States

By Miguel Gomez, Director

Earlier this month, Gregorio Millett, with the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, gave two presentations on the critical HIV prevention needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Exit Disclaimer (CROI) in Boston. The first was titled Responding to Risk Among U.S. MSM Exit Disclaimer. The second was Predictors of Being HIV+ Unaware among Black and Latino MSM Exit Disclaimer. We encourage you to view and/or listen to these presentations.

On Wednesday, March 2, I spoke with Mr. Millett about his work on HIV prevention for MSM. You can view our conversation in this video:

You can watch other presentations from CROI at their conference Webcast Sessions page Exit Disclaimer.


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