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Patients Helping Patients – The Importance of Shared Experience

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Miki Peer

We were delighted to come across a short article in the Journal for Patient Compliance that touched on the very reasons why patient-to-patient dialogues are important. The article, titled “Choosing Not to Take Medication: How patients can help other patients get better”1, highlights two key benefits arising from interactions between patients. First, patients offer each other valuable insights into living with an illness, and strategies for managing self-care that are drawn from lived experiences. For example, a patient may share with another patient a tip that worked for them in managing a medication side effect. The second benefit relates to the person that is sharing information; namely, the feeling of being useful and/or needed.

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#Results 2013

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Amos Adler

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Looking Back to Look Forward

2012 has been another watershed year for us here at MEMOTEXT and we are honored to call ourselves contributors in the mHealth space. It has been yet another year of innovations across the industry as well as within MEMOTEXT itself. Overall mHealth adoption continues to increase, gain in legitimacy, momentum and efficacy.

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How Technology Facilitates Social Support Part II: Mobile Phones

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Miki Peer

A recent survey of over 3,000 individuals in the U.S. found that 85% of adult Americans currently own a cellular phone1, and similar rates have been reported in Canada (in 2010 78% of Canadian household owned a cellular phone)2. Originally, mobile phones were used only for calls and text messaging however the advent of the ‘smartphone’ (a mobile phone with greater computing capability and connectivity than the original ‘feature phone’) has changed all that – internet usage is now mobile.

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What Exactly is mHealth?

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Miki Peer

In previous blog entries we discussed ways that the internet and cell phones can improve health, topics that fall under the broad terms of ‘eHealth’ (electronic health) and ‘mHealth’(mobile health) respectively. We covered these topics for two major reasons: 1) they are important and rapidly- growing industries and 2) they are central to MEMOTEXT’s delivery of medication and treatment compliance interventions. Although the exact definition of the terms are often disputed, eHealth tends to refer to healthcare practice and delivery supported by electronic processes while mHealth is defined as “the delivery of healthcare services via mobile communication devices”1. Examples of eHealth include electronic patient records, telemedicine and, of course, mHealth.

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HealthTech Zone Article: Medication Compliance: Is Mobile Health the Solution?

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Elisha Zavier

A recent article coauthored by none other than our very own President Amos Adler, and our Project Coordinator Elisha Zavier found it’s way on HealthTechZone.com: What mHealth Professionals Keep Asking- Don’t Patients Want to Get Better?

When former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, M.D. said, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them,” he could never have imagined the crisis in medication compliance would reach multi-billion dollar proportions – but it has.

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Texting for Health

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Miki Peer

Text Messaging or SMS for Improved Health

In a recent blog we introduced the concept of mobile health or mHealth (“the delivery of healthcare services via mobile communication devices”). mHealth interventions can be divided into two types, depending on the user of the intervention: doctors or patients. mHealth programs directed at doctors are used as aids in data collection or to support decision-making, while patient-directed mHealth programs are aimed at facilitating and supporting behavior change and disease management1.

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Patient Compliance; From Product to Methodology

Posted on September 11, 2012 by Amos Adler

As I prepare my presentation for the @mobiquityinc Wireless Innovation Council in a couple of days, I’ve been thinking about the evolution of how our company went from Product-to-Methodology.

I’ve been asked to look at my discussion in terms of problem, methodology, outcomes and the lessons we’ve learned.

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Social Support and Patient Adherence

Posted on October 22, 2012 by mikipeer How social relationships influence medication compliance
This week’s focus is on social support – an area that has received extensive attention in health research. Social support is what arises from our social relationships; it is the care and assistance we receive from others, especially as it relates to physical and mental health.

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Why One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Miki Peer

This week we are going to focus on ‘why one size does not fit all’ or how a single ‘treatment plan’ can be realized in totally different ways by different people. By highlighting the important factors that influence how we manage our health we can show that there are several ways to tackle similar goals.

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A Call to Arms

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Elisha Zavier

Every day we receive, interpret and process all kinds of digital messages and signals. Now, I’m not just talking about text messages or funny emails. I’m talking about the thousands of messages and signals we receive from advertisers, through reading the news, listening to the radio, from various media sources and from professionals, our colleagues, friends and family. Upon receiving these messages we make a choice about what to do with the newly attained information.

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