E-health | Your way to take charge of your health

How many times have you hopped onto Google to research your medical symptoms or illnesses? If you’re like me then it’s a lot!

Or if you are into health and fitness, I bet you’ve tried using an activity tracker or logging your dietary intake too. There are tons of apps that you can leverage to improve your overall health and well-being! You can even use a mood tracking app too!

In all truth, the World Health Organization in their 2017 report, stated that half of the world lack access to basic health care. Moreover, every year over 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to out-of-pocket health care expenses.

Now that’s crazy!!!!! So, how can we as global citizens take our health into our hands and reduce the burden on formal care services? Could the solution be on our mobile device?

When I talked about E-health on my ExpertsConnect Video Podcast, I explained the term and described the domains categorized by Shaw et al., 2017.

I further described the notion of personal informatics i.e., self-monitoring or self-reflection to provide us with actionable and data-driven self insights to help us to make positive changes in our own behavior (van Dijk et al., 2017). The benefits of personal informatics are further discussed in the podcast.

As I explained, the view that personal informatics propels the transition from a mindless state to a mindful mindset (Rapp & Cena, 2014) is very realistic. I have experienced it on my own weight-loss journey and the benefits are amazing! The classic example is how you can leverage your Fitbit to gain actionable data insights about the number of steps taken on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. From this information, you become more self-aware and can be further inspired to set more reachable goals and make a positive health behavioral change.

Sounds easy right? It’s NOT! People get sick! We all have issues that distract us from accomplishing our health goals. I am sure you didn’t intend to give up but life happens right? But with a holistic approach to designing personalized and usable e-health applications could very well be the solution.

To hear how I explained eHealth and how we can leverage our mobile devices (including example apps and application areas) to take charge of our health, watch our full episode at https://teachsomebody.com/blog/view/Cakm85tcsmQ7ohgCrqVIj/expertsconnect-ep.-13:-e-health:-taking-health-in-our-hands

References

  1. Shaw, T., McGregor, D., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Janssen, A., & Barnet, S. (2017). What is eHealth (6)? Development of a conceptual model for eHealth: qualitative study with key informants. Journal of medical Internet research, 19 (10), e324.
  2. Kersten-van Dijk, E. T., Westerink, J. H., Beute, F., & IJsselsteijn, W. A. (2017). Personal informatics, self-insight, and behavior change: A critical review of current literature. Human–Computer Interaction, 32(5–6), 268–296.

E-health Researcher, Podcaster ExpertsConnect, entrepreneur, TeachSomebody Contributor, Design for Health and Societal Impact Enthusiast.