Hi Ashley. Great provocation. (I agree, the internet is crazy and overwhelming!) What I want as a patient is to be informed. How do patients know what they need to know? One service I am aware of that is creating impact in maternal child health is Text4baby. This service model feels very proactive and empowering in it's educational approach. Info is shared with pregnant women - and with new parents - via text, 3x/week. The messages are clinically relevant as they are timed to a mother's due date, or a newborn's birthday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxChQmNZ9q4&html5=1 https://www.text4baby.org/
Hi Lauren. Thanks for this provocation! It got me thinking.... and also remembering how I was excited when I discovered EliQ during the Fall Prevention Challenge Research Phase. I shared this post at that time. https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/research/an-active-aging-companion . I just looked up Mabu and read about it here. https://www.cataliahealth.com/introducing-the-mabu-personal-healthcare-companion/ The data collection aspect of the device looks really powerful. The one thing that struck me is that it seems the total focus is on health, so all interactions between "health care companion" and user are concerning health needs. I wonder about that as a "companion." Will people want to use something that interacts with them solely as a patient throughout the day? EliQ seems to be a social companion, with potential to provide information and connections that can effect health and safety. Looks like each products offers important tools to users.