Digital Health Technology

Serious Games for Digital Natives

Serious Games for Digital Natives



The past decade has seen a steady rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Australia. In 2010, young people aged 15-24 accounted for 42% of new HIV infections in people aged 15 and older.2

The adolescent population presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to sexual health education and behaviour change. Adolescence is a time for exploring sexuality, experimenting with risk-taking behaviour and finding new ways to connect that sets them apart from the adult world.


How do we reach young people to prevent STIs?

Moving health messaging into the digital gaming space, says Lynn Fiellin and colleagues at Yale University who presented their results at the Young People Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies oral abstract session at AIDS 2014 today.

Digital health technologies are growing at an unprecedented rate, particularly in the smart phone and tablet space. Mobile phone networks are now reaching up to 85% of the global population and the World Health Organisation estimates close to 5 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide.2

A recent infographic reported the State of the Mobile 2013:

•      91% of all people on earth have a mobile phone

•      56% of people own a smart phone

•      80% of time on mobile devices is spent inside games or apps

•      Majority of teens play video games as long as they have access to them.3

And the largest audience of apps and video games?  Adolescents - the digital natives or our techno world.


Serious Gaming delivers serious health messages

‘Serious Gaming’ is an emerging platform for imparting health messages and delivering health education. Serious gaming holds the promise of delivering STI prevention messages to teenagers through game-based learning.

Anyone who has talked to a teenager lately knows that gaming experiences can be engaging, immersive and educational. Many Australian schools now set homework where students are using video gaming platforms and apps to entice and encourage literacy and numeracy and to connect and collaborate with remote schools.

Applying health messages to video games has the potential to improve health literacy around STIs and may go some way towards prevention.

Studies into serious gaming cite neuroplasticity improvements, faster processing, increased cognitive flexibility and a deeper creative learning experience as just some of the results reported by young people who took part in serious gaming compare to those who played non-educational games.4

Today, Fiellin and colleagues showed that when teens were randomly assigned to 10 hours of gaming sessions that included: Sexual health and HIV knowledge, self efficacy, risk perception scenarios, short vs. long term priorities and an epilogue illustrating the consequences of their choices, their HIV risk knowledge had improved at 6 weeks, with knowledge levels maintained at 3 and 6 months.

Participants enjoyed the gaming experience, found it challenging, and reported that they felt responsible for the decisions made during game.

During question time, criticism of the study was aimed at the game’s apparent representation of heteronormative and gender-based stereotypes. Ms Fiellin agreed that the video game was limited in its choice of characters and diverse sexual orientation but that the research group now have proof of concept to develop the game further including the potential for a multiplayer platform.


Read our blog Chlamydia in Teens: What’s working…What isn’t? 



  1.  Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS June 2012
  2. UNAIDS Fact sheet Adolescents, young people and HIV
  3. World Health Organisation (WHO) Website. Tobacco Free Initiative.
  4. of the Mobile
  5. Glass BD et al (2013) Real-Time Strategy Game Training PLoS ONE 8(8): e70350. doi:10.1371/



What’s a #Hashtag?

What’s a #Hashtag?


When you’re hosting an event or conference, using a hashtag is one of the smartest ways to organise and share information at your event. A hashtag is a search term preceded with the # symbol, used within social media to identify tweets and messages around a specific topic. Hashtags are easy once you know how and you can hook into social media conversations quickly and easily by learning how to them. Check out our 5 Top Tips & Tricks to get you hashtagging like a pro.


1. Be unique

With millions of hashtags in use across multiple platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+) it’s important to choose one that’s unique to your event. When you’re choosing a hashtag, check it against existing hashtags using a directory such as It’s best to check before you allocate a hashtag to a particular event. You don’t want your hashtag to be associated with an unrelated event or group not aligned with your core values.


2. Short is best

Considering Twitter has a limit of 140 characters, it’s best to opt for a short hashtag. With shorter hashtags you can avoid using too many tweet characters and stay on message. Our rule of thumb is to use no more than ten characters per hashtag. Use acronyms and dates eg; #eGPS2015


3. Say no to spaces

A hashtag will not become a live tag (a searchable hashtag that links to other tweets and posts listed under that topic) unless it contains absolutely no spaces or punctuation. Adding a space or a comma to a hashtag eg; #eGPS 2015 breaks the hashtag, rendering it virtually useless. It is possible to use an underscore eg; #eGPS_2015


4. Promote your hashtag

In the event lead-up, be sure to promote your unique hashtag across a wide social media audience. Use topic hashtags and link back to the event website. You’ll create interest in the conference theme and drive traffic back to the website where attendees can register.


#eGPS2015 is just around the corner. We’ll be talking

#healthcare & #socialmedia Event program & registration [132 characters]


At 132 characters, this tweet leaves space for 8 valuable characters. Enough room for someone to RT your tweet, extending the reach of that tweet to a wider audience. Even better, mention a group with an interest in your area by using the @ symbol and their Twitter handle.


@hcsmanz coming to #eGPS2015? Topics include

#healthcare #socialmedia #hcsm Event program & registration [127 characters]

[#hcsm = healthcare social media; a popular hashtag]


5. Don’t go #crazy

Avoid spattering your tweet with unnecessary or irrelevant hashtags. Apart from appearing unprofessional, a tweet with too many hashtags is unlikely to get retweeted. Keep it simple.


#eGPS2015 Who’s #meeting for #coffee

in the #garden #cafe today? #ilovecoffee #LOL


Best practice is to add your unique event hashtag to every tweet associated with that event. You can add one or two additional topic hashtags and a mention to increase your searchability and RT potential.


Great crowd gathered today at #eGPS2015

talking #media & #health. Thanks @eGPSolutions

for a top session on #hcsm.


Getting the most out of your hashtag is easy when you know how. Using our top tips and tricks will help you to promote your conference or event, expand your audience and share your key messages across social media.


e-GPS regularly attend conferences and events using Twitter hashtags to network and disseminate information. We tweet live from your event, joining online conversations in real-time and share your key conference messages with a wider audience. e-GPS will also deliver interactive Twitter training workshops for your conference attendees.

Contact us

Follow e-GPS on Twitter  @eGPSolutions

and give a big thumbs up on Facebook 


GPs lead the way in sleep diagnosis

GPs lead the way in sleep diagnosis

GPs to lead sleep apnoea diagnosis

One-third of patients who present to primary care report symptoms suggestive of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Using portable home sleep testing, GPs can now lead the diagnosis of suspected sleep disordered breathing.

In an Australian study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, GP management of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea was found to be non-inferior to specialist care.  Furthermore, patients who followed the primary care pathway in this trial saved approximately 40% in diagnostic and treatment costs.

Diagnostic tools, such as Medical Sleep Testing, can be provided in a similar way to holter monitors.

“Medicare bulk billable ambulatory sleep testing is an essential add-on to any well-equipped GP clinic,” says Mr Matthew Foong, Managing Director of Medical Sleep Testing.

“This method involves sleep physicians in diagnosis and treatment recommendation, while the cost to the patient is already covered.  Now GPs have access to the right tools to better manage their patients.”

Find out how this works at



1.   Netzer, N.C., et al., Prevalence of symptoms and risk of sleep apnea in primary care. Chest, 2003. 124(4): p. 1406-14.

2.   Chai-Coetzer, C., et al., Primary care vs specialist sleep center management of obstructive sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness and quality of life: A randomized trial. JAMA, 2013. 309(10): p. 997-1004.

Link to article online:






For more information contact:

Matthew Foong

Phone:  03 8652 1882



Why Health Professionals should be LinkedIn

Why Health Professionals should be LinkedIn

How active are you on social media?

Are you on Facebook? Do you watch YouTube? What about Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram?

Given you are reading this post - it’s highly likely you found us via one/all of these social media platforms.

That’s why we’re in business - because health professionals and health consumers just like you are increasingly using social media for their health information and networking.

Everyone knows about Facebook and YouTube - (if you don’t you really need to Contact us)


But what about LinkedIn?

We call it Facebook for Professionals - but better!  It’s just as easy to use, you can post your latest updates as often or as little as you like and you can build a valuable professional network (without the irritation of tagging or fluffy kitten photos).

With over 1.5 million health professionals already networking via LinkedIn, the benefits speak for themselves. In case they don’t, here are 5 reasons why health professionals should be LinkedIn:

LinkedIn logo

1. You’re busy. Really busy. And your colleagues are busy. Not many health professionals have the time or energy to read up on emerging trends, research, policy or news and current affairs that affect health and its many disciplines. LinkedIn is a forum where health professionals are constantly posting updates to inform, engage and sometimes enrage. The key word here is engage. Engage with other health professionals, organisations, key opinion leaders, advocates, health consumers and policy makers in your own time, and at your own pace.


2. You can network with health professionals who have similar goals and experience. Unlike Facebook, this type of networking is not about parties, relationships or how many marshmallows one can stick up their nose. LinkedIn is serious business for professional people. LinkedIn members share research articles, conference highlights, health events, policy updates, opinion pieces, social commentary and tips and tricks including how to write a brilliant CV and find your perfect job. It’s all here, and all very professional.


3. By joining LinkedIn, you can form special interest groups. For example, nurses who work in the field of ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) have the opportunity of engaging with their national peak body, DANA - Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia DANA regularly post on Facebook and Twitter and now they have started a LinkedIn profile where health professionals can connect and share ideas. But it’s not only health professionals with an interest in ATOD who can connect with DANA. Mental health nurses, non-government organisations and community programs with miniscule budgets for marketing their initiatives are free to form special interest groups and conduct forums, gathering opinion and experience from health professionals who work at the coalface.


4. Be prepared for the emergence of digital healthcare. The world of healthcare is changing rapidly and there is nowhere better to find out about digital health technology advances than via social media. As a health professional you will increasingly be expected to have an understanding of how digital health is progressing and what this means for the future of health care.  Mobile health, wearable health technology, closed loop medication dispensing, virtual therapy and telehealth are all discussed on LinkedIn within specialist Digital Health groups who welcome new members. In our next post, we’ll share some of these groups and how to join.


5. Land your dream job. Of course, LinkedIn began its life primarily as a job seeking network for professionals. Apart from all the networking and educational opportunities, LinkedIn is the place where you can be seen in an entirely professional space with multiple career opportunities spread out before you. All you need to do is have a great LinkedIn profile with a current resume and cover letter easily uploadable from your desktop. LinkedIn is free to join however you can upgrade to the premium jobseekers profile which allows you to view other applicants, the salary range for the position and give the opportunity of connecting with the HR or job poster for more information.


LinkedIn?  It’s more a question of why wouldn’t you.


LinkedIn logo


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How Conference presentations benefit from Twitter

How Conference presentations benefit from Twitter

How Conference presentations can benefit from Twitter

Recent research from The George Institute, University of Sydney, highlighted the potential of social media to connect consumers, health professionals and organisations.

CSANZ Poster

The George Institute team presented this poster at the 60th Annual scientific meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) 2012 and posted it on Twitter.

e-GPS saw that tweet, connected with the entire team via Twitter, retweeted the study, wrote a blog post about the power of Twitter in health, and drove a wider conversation about this important research through social media. We were instrumental in disseminating the study findings via Twitter and Facebook and we enabled valuable connections and networks beyond the scope of the conference delegates.

Read our blog post Engaging the cardiovascular community via Twitter. Research findings by The George Institute here.


2014 Conference Apps are where it’s at!

Three mobile devices offering Health Conference Apps onscreen

2014 is the year of the Conference App and e-GPS have the pick of the Apps to suit your Health Event.

Our Conference App Package saves you time and energy by using a streamlined, highly intuitive content management system.

Dazzle your event participants with an app that is fast, efficient and flexible.

Upload event data quickly, fully customise your event, enhance engagement, alert and update attendees on event proceedings.

Go mobile with your next Health Event!


Contact us today to learn more about our Health Conference Apps



New! Health Conference Apps

New! Health Conference Apps

2014 is the year of the Conference App and e-GPS have the pick of the Apps to suit your Health Event.

Our Conference App Package saves you time and energy by using a streamlined, highly intuitive content management system.

Dazzle your event participants with an app that is fast, efficient and flexible.

Upload event data quickly, fully customise your event, enhance engagement, alert and update attendees on event proceedings.

Go Mobile with your next Health Event!

Contact us today to learn more about our Health Conference Apps


Download the Ultimate Guide to Generating Revenue from Event Apps

Ultimate Guide to Event Apps 2014 edition


Know Your Own Skin - iPhone App

Know Your Own Skin – iPhone App

When writing our recent blog, What you Should Know About Sun Damage, our team came across a great smartphone app called Know Your Own Skin 


The Know Your Own Skin App will teach you how to check your own skin for signs of possible sun damage and track any changes that may occur over time via an interactive photo bank and reminder service. The App also contains loads of useful information, advice and tools that will help you get to know your own skin, check it regularly and take better care of it.


Screen shots from Know Your Own Skin


Why should I download this app?

Take a look at this infographic from the Know Your Own Skin website and find out why this app should be downloaded to your smart device.

From the Know your Own Skin Website




Cancer Council Of Australia

Know Your Own Skin



What you Should Know About Sun Damage




@MelanomaAus (Melanoma Institute of Australia)


Engaging the Cardiovascular Community via Twitter

Engaging the Cardiovascular Community via Twitter

Specialist medical professionals need to set aside their concerns and embrace twitter and other social media platforms.

Research from The George Institute, University of Sydney, highlighted the potential of social media to connect consumers, health professionals and organisations.

CSANZ Poster

The George Institute team presented their poster at the 60th Annual scientific meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) 2012 and tweeted their findings.

e-GPS saw the original tweet, logged onto the CSANZ website, followed the conference, connected with the authors, and by posting this blog on Facebook and Twitter drove a wider conversation about their important research through social media.


The George team analysed nine Twitter accounts, including the British Heart Foundation, European Society of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Australian National Heart Foundation, and concluded that:

“Twitter can be used to enhance education, awareness and overall management of cardiovascular disease.”

The potential reach of Twitter is dependent of the number of ‘Followers’ - other Twitter users who have agreed to recieve messages or ‘tweets’. Reach occurs via retweets, (followers ‘Retweet’ your tweet to their followers, and so-on). As an example, The British Heart Foundation reached 71,753 followers via 50 recent tweets.

Consumer and health professional education delivered via direct links to journals and consumer articles were by far the main content of recent tweets sent by these organisations. Only a few tweets had a social focus, debunking the myth many in the medical profession believe about the shallow content of social media. e-GPS were instrumental in disseminating the study findings via Twitter and Facebook and we enabled valuable connections and networks beyond the scope of the conference delegates.

Read the CSANZ Abstract 2012 here.

Thanks to Julie Redfern, Lis Neubeck and the research team at The George Institute, Sydney University for allowing us to share their work.

Follow them on Twitter: @georgeinstitute  @jredheart  @lisneubeck  @jodieingles27  @stephjohnston  @CSHeartResearch  @thecsanz


For more information about e-GPS Conference Engagement  follow  @e-GPSolutions


Remote Area Health

Remote Area Health

The Digital Productivity Conference, held in June 2013, highlighted the amazing inroads Australia has made in digital technology and health. To complement this exciting growth in the digital productivity sector, we thought it time to revisit mHealth technology and how Australia is tracking with the NBN.


Social Ability: Reviewing Access to Social Media

Social Ability: Reviewing Access to Social Media

Ever wondered how people with a disability access social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin?  Unless you have a disability, the thought is unlikely to have crossed your mind. But if you have vision impairment, hearing or developmental difficulties, experience seizures, or mobility issues, you may have experienced varying degrees of frustration trying to access user-friendly social media sites.