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Journal of General Practice
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The potential of eHealth Apps to Support Targeted Complex Health Messages

Kayla J. Heffernan1, Shanton Chang1*, Skye T. Maclean1, Emma T. Callegari1, Suzanne M. Garland2, Nicola Reavley1, George Varigos1 and John D. Wark1
1University of Melbourne, Australia
2Royal Women’s Hospital, Australia
Corresponding Author : Shanton Chang
Assistant Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering
University of Melbourne, Australia
Tel: 61383441583
E-mail: [email protected]
Received September 8, 2014; Accepted October 6, 2014; Published October 8, 2014
Citation: Heffernan KJ, Chang S, Maclean ST, Callegari ET, Garland SM, et al. (2014) The potential of eHealth Apps to Support Targeted Complex Health Messages. J Gen Practice 2:182. doi:10.4172/2329-9126.1000182
Copyright: © 2014 Heffernan KJ et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

With the advent of ubiquitous smartphone devices, health apps have become common, allowing the delivery of services and health messages to target populations, right in their pockets. Therefore, the use of these devices has potential to move information dissemination beyond just face-to-face consultations. This research highlights the lessons learned from the Safe-D (Safe vitamin D) case study to develop an Apple and Android app to safely improve vitamin D status in young women. The Safe-D App aims to assist individuals in a more personal manner, through self-monitoring and personalized relevant health messages that are dependent on the individual’s monitored behavior. This paper will provide guidelines for message construction, along with recommendations to deliver targeted messages.

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