A research team that includes BCATPR members Scott Lear, Brodie Sakakibara and Emily Ross recently published results from an mHealth study looking at a virtual peer-support network for women with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study tested a mobile phone app developed by Curatio, called Healing Circles, which provided participants with the opportunity to access peer support for CVD.
Results showed that after using the app for 10 weeks, there were improvements in participants' health behaviours, self-monitoring, social support and social integration. Participants were also happy with the concept of using a mobile app as a peer-support platform.
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Tired of waiting for new solutions that will help them manage their condition, a group of diabetic technologists have taken matters into their own hands. The "We Are Not Waiting" movement has come up with several DIY innovations engineered using existing hardware and new open-source software to create unique and less expensive management tools. This includes a device that helps transmit glucose data to mobile devices, software that enables the sharing of data with other family members and an open Artificial Pancreas System.
The healthcare sector is seeing a rise in security breaches, being the most frequently attacked industry in 2015 according to IBM. In order to ensure the public's trust in healthcare technology, we need to discuss and improve cyber security strategies for these systems.
Steps can be taken to avoid these problems, and several suggestions, along with some compelling cases, are listed here:
Products are not always centred around users' goals and tasks, but this is imperative if they want to be successfully adopted by healthcare workers. This article provides some great key concepts crucial to any project, including: design with the assumption that users won't get training; and make sure your product allows users with frequently interrupted workflows to start where they left off.