Well, the name kind of says it all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a report entitled “Using Health Text Messages to Improve Consumer Health Knowledge, Behaviors, and Outcomes.”
I’ll make it easy on you and jump straight to their conclusion. “The trend toward widespread ownership of cell phones and widespread text message use across virtually all segments of the U.S. population will continue to support the spread of health text messaging programs. This scan provides encouraging evidence related to the use of health text messaging to improve health promotion, disease prevention and disease management (HHS)”.
The full report is available at hrsa.gov, but to save you some time here are some of the more interesting tidbits.
- Eight of nine studies found evidence to support text messaging as a tool for behavioral change.
- Personal wellness, preventive care and disease management are the three areas where text messaging can have the greatest impact.
- Health-related text messaging programs can bring about behavior change to improve short term smoking cessation, short term diabetes management and clinical outcomes
- Research shows text messaging improves treatment compliance, including medication adherence and appointment attendance
- Cell phones are the most popular mobile device used due to their relatively low cost and widespread use
- Health related capabilities of text messaging include reminders, prompts to schedule or confirm an appointment, notification of a lab result, requests for data, positive behavioral encouragement and information to improve self-efficacy.
It’s a lot of information we’ve all known and been ahead of the curve on — but it’s great to have HHS singing from the same hymnal and backing up our efforts. I would encourage you to take a spin through it. You might find something surprising – and it’s a good feeling knowing we’re on the right track with GoMo Health!
Great news as we head into (not back to) the future!
To read the full study, visit HRSA.gov.