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mHealth1The use of technology in healthcare delivery has rapidly expanded in recent years. In public health settings, technology-based systems have been shown to improve medical compliance and smoking cessation, and to prompt changes in diet and physical activity. According to Fogg (2009), technology can be persuasive by increasing motivation, making something easier to do (ability), or providing reminders or cues to action (triggers). Many commercially available systems address these elements by providing normative feedback, risk estimates, planning activities, reminders, or facilitating connections to other people.

Dr. Walters has received funding from the NIH to develop and test computer and smartphone-based interventions for at-risk populations, mHealth2including heavy drinking college students and people in the criminal justice system. More recently, Dr. Walters and Dr. Spence-Almaguer have implemented a technology-enhanced health coaching intervention for socioeconomically disadvantaged adults in the community. Dr. Cannell is exploring the use of remote monitoring technologies to help various groups, including Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic health conditions and older adults at risk of neglect, self-manage their health and quality of life.

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