Evaluating mobile health applications
Duke plans on starting the trial with 8.000 patients across 160 hospitals. Participants are expected to take part in the study for one year. During the trial, they will be evaluating two new mobile health applications, HealthStar and Fabulous.
Healthstar offers users rewards when reaching a goal, and lets users create a personalized program. It is focussed on creating habits and changing behaviour. Fabulous, on the other hand, was developed in Duke’s Behavioral Economics Lab and takes users on a personal journey. It helps with setting goals and creating new rituals around those goals — for example taking medication daily.
Four phone calls to evaluate
The rest of the year, the participants are expected to use their mobile device to learn more about heart failure, and to use ideas and tips for how to take care of themselves once they have left the hospital.
When developing the trial, Duke took suggestions from the so-called Cardi-Yacks, a group of heart failure patients. The Cardi-Yacks shared their experiences, provided information about living with heart failure and helped in the design of the study. Duke Clinical Research Institute took advice from behavioural economists from their Center for Advanced Hindsight as well. The trial is funded by an independent investigator grant from Novartis.