Haggis to the rescue

I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to food. And I’m first in line to try a new obesity treatment, but…haggis? Turns out that a British MP wants the U.S. to drop its import ban on haggis. Why? Because, public health. He claimed haggis...

The problem with algorithms

For those of us who spend time thinking, building, testing, and refining personalization algorithms, it’s all too easy to ignore their key limitation: they’re impersonal. We spend enormous amounts of time adapting algorithms to our user’s particular...
It’s hard out here for an app

It’s hard out here for an app

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of joining colleagues Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, and Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler on a panel discussing, Should there be an app for that? Mid-rant that day, I found a tune floating (Ally McBeal-style) through my mind....
How modern medicine really gets practiced

How modern medicine really gets practiced

We conduct digital health research trials almost exclusively in community health centers. These primary care settings are described as part of the nation’s “safety net,” but let’s be clear: for most of these patients, there is no catcher on the...
Your design reading list

Your design reading list

I frequently soapbox about the importance of good design in digital health. Or, as Katie McMillan so nicely puts it: Healthcare, your website doesn’t have to be ugly For those of you who frequently ask for papers on the topic, here’s a good...
Should there be an app for that?

Should there be an app for that?

Yours truly with amazing colleagues, Dr. Krishna Udayakumar and Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, and  Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler. We had an old-fashioned academic throw down (okay, not) about the challenges of digital health app development....
Prediction: apps are going the way of the dodo

Prediction: apps are going the way of the dodo

Interesting piece in Slate today about the demise of the mobile app. … apps are very clearly not going to be around forever. Certainly not in their current, bulky square form. There isn’t enough mobile homepage real estate for each of the web’s...
Why buy a wearable when they’re [almost] free?

Why buy a wearable when they’re [almost] free?

In this week’s addition of Another Day, Another Wearable, we present the latest offering from Pivotal Living. Wrist-worn? Check. UI? Check. Bluetooth? Check. Hypoallergenic? Hopefully. Price? Free (with a $12 annual subscription to their premium app … so...
Humanities + Technology = Apple

Humanities + Technology = Apple

I’ve long been interested in Steve Jobs’ approach to design. True, I’m a bit of an Apple fan-person, but my appreciation for the Apple Way runs deeper than that. I constantly struggle with my approach to developing digital health technologies. Is it...