Monthly Archives: December 2014

Mhealth, Mtechnologies, Mexplainations… MT1?

I love Dr. Bennett’s blog, whitty, quick reads on new mtechnology/mhealth minutia.

Although not specifically aimed at one health problem, his main focus is on obesity research via mobile or computer technologies. Although knowing virtually nothing about mhealth technologies, his blog has offered up a wealth of information allowing me to dive head first into the pool. He mainly offers insight into the challenges that many mobile health technology apps face, and how to avoid them. But, he also gives other insights that are helpful for academics, such as tips on writing a R01 grant. Finally, he gives good background and insight on popular press items relating to technology, such as the FB algorithm “Year in Review” that has received some, well, negative reviews?

The rise of mtechnologies has also expanded T1 care options… I have vivid memories of astonishment as one of my beloved T1 camp counselors, talking about what it was to have T1 in the 1960s; boiling glass syringes for shots, and using “pee sticks” as affordable glucose meters were yet to be invented. [A cool entire history lesson of T1/T2 can be found here. ] Yet, as of 2014, it is possible to send data from your test meter to your iphone, and the new tslim pump design includes a touch screen. Additionally, the possibility of a bionic pancreas controlled via iphone commands has been postulated as a future direction of T1 care. The advancement of technology for treatment options and rise of information has completely transformed the experience of having T1 in a matter of years… and for those who are young and technologically literate, it works to our benefit. But what about individuals who are not as technologically advanced? Are the new technologies user-friendly enough to be accessible for older generations? And with the shortening of patient-provider time during medical checkups, is there the opportunity for those who are not in the tech know-how to catch up? And does the advancement in technology in the U.S. and other Western countries increase the gap in care opportunity and availability in middle or low income countries?

A resolution, despite being anti-NYE resolution

Based on my academic and travel schedule, the winter holiday has become a time of rest, relax and reflection – probably similar to many other people.

This year has been a busy but exciting one for me. I finished two projects in Kenya, traveled to several countries, came back to the US and spent some time in my beautiful hometown of Jackson, Wyoming, and then headed off for my first semester of graduate school at Duke University, in North Carolina.

But some areas of my life have stagnated, and this blog has been one of them… I struggle to find the write words to post. Who am I writing to? Who am I writing for? Does it even matter? Am I expressing my ideas well? Yes, angsty, but truthful, thoughts that often cross my mind when I think of this blog. So in line with the end of the year, it is time I challenge myself to simply write. The blank page with pulsing courser will no longer be my enemy, but will hopefully turn into a motivating symbol, pushing me onwards even if my mind feels completely blank. And with that, let 2015 come in!