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The Information Architecture of Behavior Change Websites

This research report looks at the IA of sites that are designed to influence behavioral change, for example, giving up smoking. The report identifies 3 types of structure: hierarchical, matrix (hypertext), tunnel (linear) and the hybrid (a mix of the other types).

“The Internet has rapidly become an accepted part of daily life for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. As a result, it is reasonable to conclude that these revolutionary advances will act as a catalyst to expand the scope and impact of both persuasive technology, in general, and of Internet-based health behavior change programs. We have highlighted the important role that IA designs can have upon the design and likely impact of online behavior change programs.”

Via Adaptive Path’s Signposts.

Videos- Mayo Clinic Transformation Symposium

I’m deeply interested in heath care design. I think this is one of the areas that badly needs reform. But I’m confident that reform will come sooner than later simply because of the attention that this area is getting from some of the brightest minds in design. In the last few months we’ve seen many new books on the subject, Designing Care by Richard Bohmer is just one of them. Rosenfeld Media is working on another, Designing for Care with Peter Jones that should be out sometime next year.

Last week the Mayo Clinic hosted a symposium on innovations in health care experience and delivery. I’m watching the videos right now. The speakers include the likes of Tim Brown of Ideo and Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School. The topics include the need for richer conversations to design thinking to innovation.

So it seems like the forces are coming together and the conversations have started. Health care is up for reform!

Health 2.0 - Apps & Trends to Watch

Health is the next big area to feel the impact of the Web 2.0 drive. The time is ripe for setting expectations and experimenting with health related data and applications. The ReadWriteWeb takes a look at some trends in this area.

The Ceaseless Society: What Happens to Our Mind, Body, and Spirit When we Just Never Stop?

From MIT World on using the powers of meditation to grapple with today's rush hour:

"...research showing that the parents of chronically ill children, under chronic stress, experience accelerated shortening of telomeres (units on the ends of chromosomes), a process associated with aging. But parents with healthy kids who also report stress in their lives have a similarly high rate of telomere shortening. While you can’t change the actual stress in many cases, says Kabat-Zinn, you can relate to it differently."

BBC: Surgery on the web

BBC: Surgery on the web
A new cyber medical college has been set up in the UK to educate doctors, nurses and other health professionals. From Monday, health workers anywhere in the world will be able to log-on to the internet to learn how to carry out surgical operations or the latest medical procedure.

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