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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, AIDS.gov 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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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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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, AIDS.gov 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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