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Mobile - Info on the Go


Nearly half of all Americans now own smartphones. Over 20% own tablets. For a growing number of people, these mobile devices are their only means of accessing Web content.

Info on the Go!

Smartphone with m.cancer.gov open

You are scared. Your doctor has just told you that a small growth needs to be biopsied. You want information. And you want it now. You pull out your phone…

Two years ago, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) watched the number of visits and queries coming to www.cancer.gov from mobile devices double every six months. It was time to go mobile. The work was pioneering, but in February, m.cancer.gov went live. Information on every major cancer type was made available in a mobile format, and the site even allows direct phone or email contact with NCI’s cancer call center. Smartphone visitors can call or email NCI’s cancer call center directly from the site. Learn more at the mobilegovwiki.

Cancer.gov is one of 12 websites that HHS has already optimized for mobile use. We have also developed more than 20 mobile health applications. Going mobile is a critical concern for us. A comScore report released in January shows 16.9 million mobile users in the U.S. accessed health information during the three-month average period ending November 2011, growing 125% from the previous year.

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HHS Mobile Sites

Mobile Apps

Your Ideas

8/23/12 12:30 PM

This is great! Thank you! 1) Most importantly, make sure there is a central HHS app cataloging these resources so people know what you're offering. I sort of like the idea of your "supermarkets" but seems a bit ironic that you talk about being able to have a one-stop shop, but then you have like 15 different "shops." 2) Building on the HRSA Find a Health Center site, an ap that shows all health-related sites - pharmacies, urgent care centers, etc. Also, zocdoc.com is awesome. You should link to that, and/or give them a grant or something. 3) Dieting information (calorie tracker, information/studies on different diets, links to resources, chat with a nutritionist, etc.)

8/24/12 8:20 AM

Signs, symptoms, best next steps, links to affordable care strategies, preventive care that's free, what type of specialist to see.

8/24/12 8:50 AM

<p>Simplified Health and lifestyle coaching tools for such items as nutrition, diet, disease management, excersize. A tracking tool to monitor baby steps and progress, etc.&nbsp; Link to what is available in the community.<br /> <br /> [name withheld for privacy]</p>

8/24/12 10:03 AM

Adding health-related travel alerts such as SARS outbreaks, Swine Flu, or other highly communicable illness/disease could save lives. I see this as an instant message forum versus something people would log into if they remembered. [name withheld for privacy] Portland, TN

8/24/12 12:45 PM

I live on the Navajo Nation and would like to see this cover services offered on tribal lands so Native Americans can also utilize this much needed access to info.

8/24/12 1:11 PM

Health, food and product safety recalls, emergency information (natural or man-caused disasters), police information (FBI inro

8/27/12 9:13 PM

I'd like almost like a health dictionary -- similar to a web md site. I can see a lot of people getting use from that on a desktop but especially on the go.

8/27/12 9:17 PM

It would be great if you all could connect your let's move site with nike's jogging app or some other fitness promotion app. I think the more partnerships that government can make, as opposed to starting from scratch, the better. Harness an existing community.

8/27/12 9:21 PM

I hope you all are looking into responsive design. I think that investing tax payer money and effort into mobile sites and apps is a waste because technology is getting better everyday and soon those things, especially m sites, will be a thing of the past.

8/28/12 7:53 AM

This is fabulous. I love one-stop shop websites. Thank you. [name withheld for privacy]

8/28/12 8:40 AM

1) Chronic Disease management programs - latman description of disease, red flags (zone tools are great patient tools), emergency care plan 2) Medication information in laymen terms 3) Glucometer and BP that can be uploaded into smart phone and be sent in trend over time graph to others 4)Advance Directives program - information and complete documents

8/28/12 8:56 AM

As on Friday, August 17, www.Medicare.gov is mobile optimized via responsive design. We are working to improve the mobile friendliness of the web applications on the website, bu the content is 100% mobile friendly.

8/28/12 10:20 AM

Angie's list of local doctors, clinics and hospitals with verified customers but identity information blocked out to public. [name withheld for privacy]

8/28/12 1:06 PM

Anything that helps to interface information between your healthcare providers and yourself/patient. Emergency info a must.

8/28/12 3:50 PM

I have been thinking about this mobile app ever since I attended the mHealth conference in 2010 and thought I would pitch it to you all as something that HHS could build with existing HHS databases and information. I think it would be particularly useful to minority and underserved populations 1. HRSA's Community health centers (they already have a separate HRSA app) 2. FDA's Mammography Facilities lookup 3. NLM's Health Hotlines 4. NCI-designated cancer centers and community cancer centers 5. Applying for Medicaid/Medicare info (CMS) Would help us meet the mobile and API related mandates. Of course, finding resources to do this is another issue. [name withheld for privacy]

8/28/12 4:34 PM

Explanation of lab diagnostic tests i.e. SSA and SSB values relate to which disease or condition. What conditions or diagnoses can be revealed by what type of testing. Specific symptoms that could be caused by a particular disease or injury.

9/5/12 12:01 PM

I believe that applications are needed that can carry medical charts on them so that we will have our complete medical history at our hands when we go to the hospital.

9/15/12 12:51 AM

An aggregate government services locator that includes health resources - perhaps connected to the MyGov project, only mobile and with integrated content.

9/25/2012 12:45 PM

MD APPTS, Referrals, Reminders, MED refill ready messages

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By the Numbers

  • 32
  • API-enabled databases
  • 33
  • Mobile websites & apps
  • 1.3 million
  • Static webpages

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