Discovery of Health Apps Among Those With Mental Health Needs

A study published in Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) by Stephen M Schueller, PhD and colleagues from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, recruited participants from Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies’ research registry of individuals with mental health needs. Participants (n=811) completed a survey asking about their use and interest in health and mental [...]

Barriers to eHealth in Psychiatry

Unlike other areas of medicine, technological solutions for mental health are not necessarily sought by consumers nor recommended by clinicians. A study of multidisciplinary professionals was conducted to identify and discuss the barriers to introducing eHealth technology-supported interventions within mental health. Ten issues were identified that need to be addressed to improve mental health (using technology). They are [...]

Teens May Seek Health Information Online, Don’t Always Trust It

  A study by Northwestern University Center on Media and Human Development of 1,156 adolescents (13-18) studied how teenagers learned about health. It is often assumed that adolescents are easily reached via social media, the researchers found that these efforts do not necessarily true and that often teenagers want to be more private and don’t want [...]

Putting Education Back In Educational Apps

Numerous apps are developed and available for children and many of them are marketed as “educational.” The question is…how do we know which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research from scientific [...]

Smartphone Apps to Manage Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Smartphone apps are being developed to address mental health issues such as support, reminders, monitoring of mood changes and even stress levels. Tools under development from startups, academic institutions, and research clinics aim to help people manage everything from severe depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A recent article in Wired magazine points out that “through the discreet [...]

Nearly Half of Consumers Desperately Need Their Smartphones

A survey by Bank of America states that 47 percent of U.S. consumers admit they wouldn’t last a day without their smartphone. Additionally, of those surveyed who use their phone for mobile banking, 31 percent said they log on at least once a day, while 82 percent access their accounts at least once a week [...]

Study: Mobile Phones to Measure Happiness

Researchers at Princeton University are developing ways to use mobile phones to evaluate the impact of the environment or location on a how a person feels. Volunteers were recruited to provide information about their feelings and locations. The team created an application for the Android operating system that documented each person’s location and periodically sent [...]

HIPPA Issues When Recommending Apps to Patients

A study by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit advocacy organization in San Francisco, evaluated 43 popular free and paid apps that were made for consumer use. Apps used by health professionals were not part of the study. Researchers reviewed the mobile application privacy policies and  installed and used the apps to see what data [...]

Camp for Technology Detox

Welcome to Camp Grounded, an adults-only summer camp about two and half hours north of San Francisco. Approximately 300 people gathered there for three days of color wars, talent shows, flag-raisings and other regressive activities organized by Digital Detox, an Oakland-based group dedicated to helping technology-addicted people to “disconnect to reconnect.” So many of us [...]

Teens not getting msg: Don’t txt n drive!

According to a study presented Saturday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, nearly 43 percent of high school students of driving age who were surveyed in 2011 reported texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days. “Texting while driving has become, a ‘national epidemic,’” said  [...]