Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 9th EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2020, Virtual Event, November 19, 2020, Proceedings

Research Article

Health Telescope: System Design for Longitudinal Data Collection Using Mobile Applications

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-70569-5_10,
        author={Bas Willemse and Maurits Kaptein and Nikolaos Batalas and Fleur Hasaart},
        title={Health Telescope: System Design for Longitudinal Data Collection Using Mobile Applications},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 9th EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2020, Virtual Event, November 19, 2020, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2021},
        month={7},
        keywords={eHealth mHealth Longitudinal data collection Interventional panel study Wearable research Technical guidelines},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-70569-5_10}
    }
    
  • Bas Willemse
    Maurits Kaptein
    Nikolaos Batalas
    Fleur Hasaart
    Year: 2021
    Health Telescope: System Design for Longitudinal Data Collection Using Mobile Applications
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-70569-5_10
Bas Willemse1, Maurits Kaptein1, Nikolaos Batalas2, Fleur Hasaart3
  • 1: Jheronimus Academy of Data Science
  • 2: Tilburg University
  • 3: CZ Zorgverzekeraars

Abstract

This paper describes the process of developing the technical infrastructure of the Health Telescope: an interventional panel study designed to measure the long term effects of eHealth usage. We describe the design and implementation of both the Health Telescope application—an Android application that allows us to interact with participants and obtain measurements—and the researcher authoring client—a web-based application that allows us to flexibly submit experience sampling tasks to participants. This paper serves as a blueprint for those wanting to study long-term behavioral change in the wild. The paper furthermore describes a pilot study that was conducted to evaluate the research software. We conclude with design guidelines aimed at those aiming to undertake a similar endeavor that are vital when developing similar software; this paper aims to highlight both the importance and challenges of measuring the effects of eHealth applications longitudinally.