#Atlanta Business Chronicle: #Emory develops mobile app for rural #HIV patients

Love reading about groundbreaking advancements in the treatment (and hopefully soon a cure) in HIV/AIDS. The Atlanta Business Chronicle posted this article today about how Emory University is developing a mobile app for rural HIV patients.

Good stuff by Emory.

Emory develops mobile app for rural HIV patients.

Emory University is developing a mobile app to help HIV patients in rural area improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy and increase access to such care.

The Live Network is a prerecorded mobile phone app that uses a radio talk show format in which a disk jockey entertains HIV medication-, adherence-, and self-management-related questions and comments from callers and poses them to expert care providers, according to the filing Emory made with the National Institutes of Health.

The responses to those questions are augmented by songs that shed additional light on these issues, according to the filing Emory made with the National Institutes of Health.

If successful, the impact on HIV care will be immense and could transform the delivery of HIV self-management and adherence education by overcoming barriers of geographic isolation, transportation, stigma and confidentiality in this vulnerable group.

Emory plans to conduct a clinical trial in March to study the effectiveness of the app, among other things. The study, which would include about 240 participants, is expected to be completed in 2016.

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