AARP Collaboration Tests mHealth Apps for Users Ages 50 and Up

April 7, 2015 in News

AARP is collaborating with several organizations on a new research initiative to test whether mobile health applications and devices meet the needs of U.S. residents ages 50 and older, MedCity News reports.

There are about 100 million U.S. residents ages 50 and older, and such individuals are the largest consumers of health care, according to MedCity News. The project aims to test mobile devices to determine whether they can meet the needs of that population (Baum, MedCity News, 4/6).

Groups Involved

For the initiative, AARP is partnering with:

  • The Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Pfizer; and
  • UnitedHealthcare.

Meanwhile, AARP on its website says it still is seeking additional partners.

Details of Initiative

Georgia Tech will launch the first project under the collaboration, according to MobiHealthNews.

The project will:

  • Test five different devices used for tracking sleep and physical activities; and
  • Use surveys to assess the devices’ usability and effectiveness at changing users’ behavior.

The study will examine how the participants used the devices and what issues they faced, rather than comparing the devices.

The results are set to be released in June (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 4/6).

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