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HEALTH PROGRAM MAINTENANCE MODE

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Publication Date: 2016-Jul-05
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With the advance of mobile devices, the interest in mobile health, or mHealth, has increased considerably. Some of the mHealth solutions consist of coaching programs that are aimed at giving healthy lifestyle advice, based on measurements of one or more connected devices. The success of such program is predominantly determined by the adherence of the user to such program. Especially after predefined targets have been met by the user, it is increasingly difficult for the user to comply with the coaching advice. In this paper we propose a mechanism for background monitoring the user after the goals of the program have been realized. The background monitoring will allow to determine opportune moments of program reentry. In addition, special care needs to be taken to the content of the program to maximize the chance of high adherence upon program re-entry.

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Health program maintenance mode

    Abstract-With the advance of mobile devices, the interest in mobile health, or mHealth, has increased considerably. Some of the mHealth solutions consist of coaching programs that are aimed at giving healthy lifestyle advice, based on measurements of one or more connected devices. The success of such program is predominantly determined by the adherence of the user to such program. Especially after predefined targets have been met by the user, it is increasingly difficult for the user to comply with the coaching advice. In this paper we propose a mechanism for background monitoring the user after the goals of the program have been realized. The background monitoring will allow to determine opportune moments of program reentry. In addition, special care needs to be taken to the content of the program to maximize the chance of high adherence upon program re-entry.

Index Terms- coaching program, health monitoring, mHealth

I. INTRODUCTION

    
MOBILE health, abbreviated as mHealth, include the use of mobile devices for collecting health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct delivery of care (via mobile telemedicine). A number of mHealth solutions are aimed at providing the user insight into their lifestyle and behavior. Some of these solutions include coaching programs that are aimed at giving healthy lifestyle advices. These coaching programs monitor the user's health using one or more connected devices. Examples of such connected devices are:

    Wearable health monitors, measuring parameters such as energy expenditure, heart rate, step counts, galvanic skin response, etc,

    Blood pressure monitors, measuring systolic and diastolic pressure,
Weight scales, measuring weight and body composition,
Mobile phones, both for measurement of lifestyle parameters as well as providing context to measurements, through location awareness.

    In order for such coaching programs to be successful, it is important to maximize adherence of users to such program. The motivation of a user is a key ingredient in maintaining adherence. Typically, users are motivated at the start of entering a program. This is especially true in case attention has been paid to setting achievable targets for the user to reach. However, especially when a target is reached, users are often demotivated to maintain adherence to the program.

    As a simple example, the goal inside the program of a particular user may be to get to a weight of 75 kg. The program then coaches the user in his/her lifestyle to achieve that weight, e.g. using coaching on diet, physical activity and sleep behavior. However, once the user achieves his/her goal, he/she may decide to quit the program, since it will be difficult to stay motivated. It is likely that after quitting the program, the user will return to a less healthy lifestyle.

    The return to the unhealthy lifesty...