Fulbright scholarship for research into mobile apps

University of Western Sydney professor of health informatics Anthony Maeder has won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to continue his work on developing mobile apps to support physical activity and nutrition programs.

Professor Maeder has been appointed the 2015 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences, the highest level of scholarship category and the only distinguished chair from Australia in this round.

He will be based at Kansas State University and take up the scholarship in August for a period of four months.

Best known in the eHealth community for his work in telehealth, Professor Maeder said he considered apps to be part of the broader telehealth sector.

“Mobile applications are just one aspect of a broader view of what telehealth is: they are collecting data for processing (and reacting via interaction with the patient) asynchronously,” he said.

“My interpretation of telehealth is that the interaction with the patient can be from a 'virtual' clinician as well, such as computer software (as in medication reminders, home telehealth monitoring stations) or the internet (such as preventive health activities).”

Professor Maeder said he will be working on some custom developed apps specific to the project.

“I am fortunately able to do my work on top of an existing US government sponsored intervention which will target middle and high school students in Kansas and Iowa with a healthy lifestyle promotion program,” he said.

“My project will provide apps as a kind of 'booster' activity to try and keep participants in the main intervention motivated and retain them longer than usual.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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