Journal article

Old-Fashioned Technology in the Era of "Bling": Is There a Future for Text Messaging in Health Care?

Jane C Willcox, Rosie Dobson, Robyn Whittaker

Journal of Medical Internet Research | Published : 2019

Abstract

In the quest to discover the next high-technology solution to solve many health problems, proven established technologies are often overlooked in favor of more "technologically advanced" systems that have not been fully explored for their applicability to support behavior change theory, or used by consumers. Text messages or SMS is one example of an established technology still used by consumers, but often overlooked as part of the mobile health (mHealth) toolbox. The purpose of this paper is to describe the benefits of text messages as a health promotion modality and to advocate for broader scale implementation of efficacious text message programs. Text messaging reaches consumers in a ubiq..

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