Last week Tobias and I had a great time attending our first Youth+Tech+Health Live conference. I went to present along with our partners Sara LeGrand and Emily Pike from Duke and UNC respectively on our NIH/SBIR funded game focused on encouraging HIV medication adherence. The panel we spoke on "Stick to it: Tech for Medical Adherence + Health Interventions" was rounded out by Dano Beck from the Oregon Health Authority speaking about how they have used SMS message reminders successfully to increase HIV medication adherence in Oregon.
We had a great response to our talk. It’s not often that you get a chance to talk to other teams around North America focused on creating games to improve health outcomes. We learned about other teams making health related educational games and lots of programs doing mobile support for youth through SMS messaging help lines. It was clear from the schedule of talks and conversations that happened around the event space, that everyone was learning a lot and getting a unique chance to share about their projects.