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February 15, 2011


M for mHealth, G for Glossary

By Gale A. Dutcher, Deputy Associate Director, Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine

AIDSinfo mobile app

In the last year we have seen a marked increase in the use of cell phones and wireless Internet access. With research such as the Pew Internet & American Life Project Exit Disclaimer Mobile Access 2010 Exit Disclaimer (PDF 1.2MB) report, I am reminded as a Federal leader from NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) that the Federal government needs to move into the mobile sphere. NLM is one of several Federal agencies already recognizing that the people we serve are mobile and searching for critical health information.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with AIDSinfo, we provide access to the official medical treatment guidelines for HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections. Not only are we a website, but we have health information specialists who answer phone calls, e-mail, and an online chat to help with using the information. Besides the guidelines, we have related patient education materials, information about approved and investigational drugs, homework help for students (but we don’t write their reports for them, much to their dismay!), and a very popular glossary of HIV-related terms. While the main users of AIDSinfo are health professionals, the glossary is used by patients, general consumers, students, patient educators, and other health professionals.

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January 18, 2011


Future Federal Directions in Mobile Technology and Health

By Jennie Anderson, Communications Director, and Michele Clark, Managing Director

FHAWC Mobile health panel

Mobile health panel, L-R: Katelyn Sabochik, Audie Atienza, Gwynne Kostin, Susannah Fox.

What is the role of mobile technology in Federal government health communication? Where are we going?

At last week's Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council (FHAWC) meeting, we asked four of the leading voices in mobile and public health these questions. We heard from the White House, General Services Administration (GSA) (which works to coordinate Federal mobile activities), the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's office, and The Pew Internet & American Life Project Exit Disclaimer.

We heard a snapshot of issues related to the Federal government and mobile. Here are some highlights (and we'll be sharing more information about this in the weeks to come):

Susannah Fox, Associate Director of Digital Strategy at The Pew Internet & American Life Project, kicked off the panel with a presentation on “Where is the Public Now? Mobile, Social, Games, Text…and Health” Exit Disclaimer. She shared that 80% of people look online for health information -- and that many people are accessing the internet on mobile phones and game consoles. According to Susannah, "If someone has access to the internet, it is likely becoming the first stop for information gathering and sharing." She underscored how the power of Internet and mobile together increase access and sharing. She also highlighted the increasing use of health-focused mobile applications and mobile-friendly websites. She noted how cell phones are perceived to be very personal, and that people frequently use them to search for sexual health information.

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