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Application of persuasive techniques in the design of mobile e-Health systems
Global Summit on Telemedicine & eHealth
August 17-18, 2015 Houston, USA

Anandhi Vivekanandan Dhukaram

University of Cambridge, UK

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: Health Care: Current Reviews


A growing number of mobile applications are being developed as personalized e-Health systems to support user�??s well being, change attitudes and behaviour. This imposes greatest challenge on the design and display of user interfaces. Although theories from positive psychology such as cognitive behavioural therapy, behaviour change support systems and behaviour models have been promising for the study of user intentions and behaviour change, it remains used as a checklist or rules of thumb for software artefact rather that a systematic design methodology to the design of user interface. This paper applies persuasive design techniques and human computer interaction features to analyse the design of seven mobile apps that are currently popular in the iPhone and Google app stores for well-being and happiness. The apps were analysed by 4 researchers in the field of psychology and human computer interaction against features needed for: Primary task support, dialog support, system credibility; social context and user interface elements. Based on this analysis a comprehensive tool is developed to guide interaction interface designers in the design of effective apps.

Biography :

Anandhi Vivekanandan Dhukaram is passionate about combining multidisciplinary design approach, technology and cognitive engineering to create a state of the art solution. Her PhD at the University of Birmingham is funded by the European Union project titled “Pervasive Technology for Cardiac care”. She has been a speaker and presented in various conferences. Her recent work is published in the Journal of Medical Informatics. Before entering academia, she had a distinguished career for more than a decade working for various clients including Accenture, Barclays and ACNielsen across the globe: India, Australia, Canada, USA and UK.

Email: anandhi.vivek@googlemail.com