May 20, 2013
The NSF is funding a “mobile personal health consultant” being developed by researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology. The difference between this technology and most of the thousands of other mHealth apps is that this device will collect data from the user passively using a smartphone-enabled social and physical compass system (SENSCOPS). SENSCOP continually collects data on users through sensors built into smartphones to measure metrics such as activity. Additional wearable sensors can be used to collect physiological information such as heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature.
As any app veteran will tell you, keeping users engaged is the biggest challenge. For mHealth apps to succeed they need to fit into the users routine as much as possible. Eliminating the need for users to key in information or otherwise actively engage with their device will be an important feature for successful health care apps. Read more here.