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Attack of the Selfies

The other day I was sitting in my physician’s waiting room, when I noticed a young lady taking pictures of herself (“selfies"). My doctor’s waiting room is for the entire clinic, including the behavioral health services. Since the topic of stigma is so often broached in the psychological field, I got to thinking about how I would feel if I were a patient here to see a therapist, instead of my general doctor. What if I didn’t want anyone to know that I was here? What if I accidentally ended up in the selfies she posts on Facebook or Twitter? What if someone recognized me?

Mobile Health Research Highlight: Studies on Mobile Apps

It’s been awhile since we’ve highlighted recent mobile health research, and 2013 looks like it’s turning out to be the year to research health-related mobile apps! In the last six months there has been a blossoming of peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of mobile apps for improving health. These studies examined apps for tracking weight loss, diabetes, mood problems, sleep problems, asthma, and medication management.

The Golden Anniversary of Tablet Computing

Pardon me if I resort to reminiscing while writing my inaugural blog, but I want to start at the roots of my technological career. Memories of my first tablet computer are being resuscitated from over fifty years ago. It was invented in relative obscurity in the mid-1950s by Frenchman Andre Cassagnes. But the Ohio Art Company made the Etch A Sketch the must-have mobile device for every budding graphic artist in the early 1960s. I got my “EAS” halfway through first grade.

Do You Really Need a Mobile App?

We’ve already talked about what makes a good app, but my question for you is, do you need a mobile app at all? Mobile is the buzzword of the moment. And it seems as if everyone is interested in making an app. But just because everyone seems to be doing it, is creating a mobile app the right thing for you and your product?

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