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Today is the second day of the mHealth Summit in Washington DC. The largest event of its kind, the summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mobile health ecosystem to “advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the…

Talking To Your Cell Phone

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Co-authored by Michelle Samplin-Salgado, New Media Strategist, AIDS.gov

A day after Apple announced the new 4S iPhone, they lost their leader and visionary, Steve Jobs. We joined many others in commemorating the loss of a man whose work and vision have impacted the HIV and public health community with technology, access and communication. He helped…

Announcing the Leading Health Indicators Apps Challenge

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Today, at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Dr. Howard Koh, our Assistant Secretary for Health, and I joined a distinguished group of health leaders for a discussion about the new “Leading Health Indicators” for Healthy People 2020 – a set of 12 categories that capture 26 key measures of…

Mobile Internet Use Surpassing Desktop Internet Use by 2014

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Seems like everything these days is mobile. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project , “mobile internet refers to online access that occurs wirelessly using a handheld device or laptop computer. If home broadband is an “always on” connection, then mobile may be characterized as ‘always present’ for users.” Studies have projected that…

What’s a QR code?

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You may have seen them around. On billboards. In magazines. On your cereal box. You may have wondered what you are supposed to do when you see one of these jumbled images. What do they mean? And how might we use them in our response to HIV? “QR” (or “quick response”) codes store information in…

Mobile Health 2011

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Co-authored by Tanna Drapkin, Managing Editor, Mobile Health 2011 On May 4 and 5, over 400 people will gather at Stanford University to hear 45 experts share what really works in creating solutions to improve health behavior using mobile technology. Hosted by Stanford University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mobile Health…

Youth, Mobile, and Health at Sex::Tech 2011

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Earlier this month, I attended Sex::Tech 2011 in San Francisco, the fourth annual conference on technology, youth, and sexual health. At the conference, I heard from a range of experts – sexual health educators, researchers, technology developers, parents, and of course, youth and young adults. During her welcome presentation on Day 1, Sex::Tech founder Deb…

HHS @ SXSWi Part 1: Sound bites

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I’m writing from Austin, Texas, the capital of the Lone Star State, checking in from South by Southwest Interactive, or SXSWi. For those of you who don’t know, SXSWi is one of the biggest technology conferences in the world. I’ve met people from California to Nova Scotia, from South Korea to Hamburg, Germany. Over 10,000…