Last night we had a terrific discussion about health apps and websites and user engagement.

We talked about what makes an effective health app or website, the use of social aspects and gamification, and reasons health apps and sites have failed.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Our specific topics were as follows:

  • T1: Physicians and patients are increasing their use of apps & websites for personal health (e.g., diet/exercise logs). What makes a health app or website effective? What encourages users to keep using the app or returning to the site?
  • T2: What about social elements, e.g., gamification? Have you/would you use a gamified app/site? Does it have to be social to be engaging?
  • T3: What are some reasons personal health apps/sites have failed? How can we maximize the interactive element of health apps/sites?

Enjoy the archive here.

We also have an exciting announcement: On Wednesday, August 8, the #mHealth chat will feature special guest Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare.

Dr. Topol is a prominent cardiologist and geneticist.  He attended medical school at the University of Rochester and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Currently, he is the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health, and a Professor of Translational Genomics at the Scripps Research Institute.  He is also a co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. He recently authored a bookThe Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare.  Modern Healthcare has named him #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in Healthcare, 2012.

Join us next week, August 1, for another #mHealth chat, and don’t miss our chat with Dr. Topol the following week!