Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: M-Health apps and self-quantification technologies on the rise : opportunities and risks for use in practice
Authors: Meidert, Ursula
Becker, Heidrun Karin
Scheermesser, Mandy
Conference details: World Congress of Occupational Therapy (WFOT), Cape Town, South Africa, 21-25 May 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Language: English
Subjects: Quantified Self; Opportunities; Risks
Subject (DDC): 300: Social sciences
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Introduction: M-Health Apps and self-quantification technologies are on the rise in society. Reasons for this trend is the availability of smart phones with integrated sensors, the humans affinity towards figures and charts and elements of games (gamification) that motivate the user to involve him/herself and to pursuit certain desired behaviours. Risks and opportunities for users as well as therapists however are unclear. Objectives: The goal of this study was to get an overview of the current state and future trends in m-health apps and self-quantification technologies, to assess opportunities and risks for their use and to make recommendations for users and therapists in practice. Method: An extensive literature review, 19 expert interviews and 3 focus groups with users (healthy and people with chronic conditions) and health-professionals (occupational and physical therapists, physician, nurses) were conducted. A workshop was held to evaluate opportunities and risks and to make recommendations for different stakeholders. Results: The literature showed that this trend has its roots in the treatment of people with chronic conditions where it is most widely used. While healthy users emphasise the motivational character of such tools, people with chronic conditions are more cautious as they are concerned about data security. Health-professionals are also concerned with data protection and have concerns about validity and reliability of the tools. However, they believe that in the future this technology may help most in prevention, diagnostics and rehabilitation. Conclusions: M-Health Apps and Self-quantification technologies have great potential in health care however prudent use are needed to minimize risks.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Quantified Self – Schnittstelle zwischen Lifestyle und Medizin
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