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Are Chatbots the Next mHealth Frontier?

Editor’s Note: Chatbot Basics –  A chatbot is a messaging tool designed to simulate a conversation or interaction. Chatbots rely on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to process information and respond to user inputs. These are often text but can be voice inputs as well. Messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and…

Boo!: Scary Passwords?

Happy Halloween! As we close out National Cybersecurity Awareness Month , it’s important to talk about cybersecurity attentiveness. We may know the importance of keeping our professional and personal information secure and adhering to the latest cybersecurity guidance. We may also take cybersecurity training and use antivirus and antimalware tools. But do we manage our  passwords…

Making government information more accessible

The federal government relies on technology to carry out its business and deliver information to citizens – and that means ALL citizens, including more than 13 million in the United States who have at least one disability. Nearly every federal employee plays a role in supporting accessibility. For more than 15 years, the Section 508…

HIV/AIDS Bureau Seeks User Input on Web Site Redesign

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) invites you to take a 10-15 minute online survey that will help the Bureau understand how best to organize and improve the HAB website and make it more useful for its users. This is part of the process to develop an improved HAB website that delivers…

Sharing Lessons as We Develop New Site

As promoters for the use of digital tools in the response to HIV and viral hepatitis, we often share examples of specific tools and resources once they are available. But we are also always curious to learn and share lessons about what goes into developing such digital tools. So as we embark on developing a…

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…

Safer Internet Day

If we want to use digital tools effectively, we have to use them responsibly—so we wanted to share with you that today is Safer Internet Day, an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the…