Promising e-health and m-health interventions

Interventions reviewed

In IROHLA we reviewed e-health and m-health interventions. We looked at aspects of user friendliness, usability and simplicity. Our review resulted in a number of applications with different objectives (e.g. improvement of physical activity, improvement of cognitive control, medical adherence, sleep monitoring), which use various technical equipment (mobile phones/tablets, websites, video games, etc.). These promising interventions, contrary to most published applications (apps), have been properly evaluated and proven to be effective. You can find some promising practices and some sources of promising e-health and m-health applications below.

Promising practices

Physical activity, tracking weight gain and weight loss

  • My fitness pall Find website here; Lose it! Find website here; Runkeeper Find website here; Endomondo Find website here; Gainfitness Find website here: applications to support behaviour change and maintenance. Age parameters have been taken into consideration. Applications that increase physical activity and/or tracking weight/ lose weight.
  • An online interactive website that provides evidence-based guidelines about adequate nutrition and physical activity for older people. The website content is based on national dietary guidelines for older people. The tool enables participants to set their own dietary and physical activity goals and assess whether they have achieved the goals set at the end of specific period (normally one week)). The system generates personalised messages based on assessment of goals. A code and password are required to enter the application. Find website here, here and here.

Gamification for improvement of cognitive skills

Applications to improve sleep quality and monitor sleep

  • Motion x24/7, Sleep cycle, to support behaviour change and maintenance Find website here. Application that monitors sleep quality – monitors various aspects of sleep quality (apnea, snoring, heart rate etc.) taking into consideration age parameters.

Web-based applications for medical adherence

  • Ask me 3 Find website here, Script your future Find website here: To inform and educate older adults and/or professionals to support behavioural change and maintenance. To facilitate involvement of individuals at the system level. Age has been taken into consideration to improve communication between patients and healthcare providers, encourage patients to become active members of their healthcare team, and to promote improved health outcomes.
  • eGluco: A diabetes personal health coach integrated to the Health-e-living family. Information can be shared with family, friends, caregivers, peer-group members and personal trainer. Helps the user to follow up and stabilise glucose level, balance diet and manage social interaction for promoting users physical activity. Find website here

Sources of promising e-health and m-health applications

Network for the Market uptake of ICT for Ageing Well Find website here

Review report “ICT & Ageing: European Study on Users, Markets and Technologies” Download PDF here

“Aging Services Technology Study” Download PDF here

“Aging in Place Technology Watch” Download PDF here

Top Apps for Seniors Find website here, here, here and here

A valuable review for understanding technologies that support older adults in aging can be found in the following link. Download PDF here

NHS Health Apps Library Find website here