During the same week that we learned (learned?) that many mobile users look at a device “for no particular reason” comes additional word that wireless interaction is dramatically improving health for some.
First, the meaningful news:
Out of a pilot study at New York’s Bellevue Hospital called Mobile Insulin Titration Intervention, or MITI, 88% of insulin-dependent diabetics were able to get their blood sugar in check after receiving a daily text reminder or phone call.
According to NPR, the program worked this way. Nurses reviewed individual blood sugar information daily online to check for values that were too high or too low, indicating the insulin dose needed to be adjusted. They then reached out to the patients who needed modifications, many of which were low-income New Yorkers who, while owning a phone, lacked access to computers and other resources to manage their health.
Note that text messaging was used, ensuring that even feature phone owners had the capability to view an SMS. A miss for this demographic would’ve been to rely on a smartphone app.
Only 37% of the comparison group that did not receive texts or calls managed to control their blood sugars.
MITI may soon become a hospital-wide program at Bellevue, NPR said.
Now the separate “revelations” about mobile usage:
A third of millennials take out their cellphones in public “for no particular reason”, Pew reported. 82% of smartphone owners rarely or never turn their phones off. 79% witness annoying and/or loud cellphone behavior in public at least occasionally.
Apple Watch users - any of you lose at least a bit of faith and won't buy Apple products sight unseen or untouched? I'm in that camp.
A tweet offered to help me find my next handbag. I’m waiting for the one hawking manpurses.
87% of Facebook's one billion daily users are on mobile for at least part of their experience.
Few are surprised by Amazon’s decision to exit the mobile phone-making business. Of course, it never caught Fire.
Almost three-quarters of all WhatsApp users access the messaging app on Android, per GlobalWebIndex.
Here are the top 10 magazine publishers with the biggest number of monthly mobile visitors, according to Association of Magazine Media: 1. ESPN: 42.9 million. 2. People: 28 million. 3. AllRecipes: 24.5 million. 4. Forbes: 21.6 million. 5. Time: 18.1 million. 6. Entertainment Weekly: 14.3 million. 7. Cosmopolitan: 13.7 million. 8. Bloomberg Businessweek: 11.2 million. 9. New York: 9.8 million 10. Bon Appétit and Epicurious: 8.3 million.