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ONC Announces Winners Of Consumer And Provider App Challenges To Improve Health Information access and use

Editor’s Note: HHS announced the winners of the Consumer Health Data Aggregator and Provider User Experience Challenges last week. Encouraging and supporting innovation around digital health solutions is a central part of our mission, and finding new ways to easily and securely integrate health data from different health care providers has the potential to help many individuals in the…

Are you doing enough with mobile technologies ?

This week, an estimated 100,000 people will gather at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to discuss the current and future state of the mobile industry. As they gather to review today’s trends, this an excellent time to ask yourself “am I doing enough with mobile technology?” At AIDS.gov, about 62% of our website…

5 Things to Know About Instagram

With a community of over 400 million monthly active users, Instagram  is one of the fastest growing photo-and video-sharing social media platforms. Between 2012–2015, Instagram’s usage doubled to include 28% of online adults (Pew Research Center, 2015). Users share nearly 80 million posts each day, making Instagram an excellent platform for those who like visual…

HepCure: Free Hepatitis C App Available for Patients and Providers to Connect and Cure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half of all people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. are unaware of their infection and only 9% have been successfully treated and cured, despite the availability of well-tolerated curative treatments for the past several years. A major priority of the Action Plan…

AIDSinfo Guidelines App Provides Access to HIV Treatment Information at the Point of Care

AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the go-to site for federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice treatment guidelines. To meet health care providers’ expectation for mobile access to the guidelines, AIDSinfo has released a new Guidelines app. The app includes six HIV treatment guidelines developed by expert panels on the…

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

Background: This SPNS initiative will implement and evaluate innovative social media methods to identify, link, and retain HIV positive underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (ages 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services. These methods include system approaches utilizing a variety of social media, internet and mobile-based technologies to improve engagement and retention…

#NIHDigital Summit: Optimizing Digital to Reach Patients, Scientists, Clinicians and the Public

Editor’s Note: AIDS.gov recently had the honor of being a part of the Planning Committee for the NIH Digital Summit. Here is 1 of 2 blogs about the event.  On October 19th, NIH brought together nearly 1,500 digital and health experts in person and via webcast. The event featured two keynote speakers and panels that showcased…

Got smartphone. Got INSTAGRAM?

Instagram has become a key tool for photo-sharing—28% of online adults  in the United States are now using it. If you haven’t yet joined that group, this visually driven platform could be a strong contender for a spot in your social media toolkit. The AIDS.gov team previously shared “how to” Instagram. Now we offer 5…