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Mobile's Unmentionables

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A 2011 Healthline study uncovered compelling information on internet health searches. Desktop searches covered popular health topics: cancer, weight loss, or sleep. Mobile searches were more private, often related to sexual or mental health: chlamydia, bipolar disorder, smoking cessation, and herpes. These topics are our society’s unmentionables, and while people might turn to their friends or loved ones to face cancer or get help with weight loss, they are more likely to turn to their phones as their first and perhaps only confidant for these sensitive topics. Mobile health apps have done a great job of tackling fitness and weight loss. But the coupling of mobile to sexual health, mental health, and addiction seems to have eluded the tech community. The opportunity is there, but the innovation is lacking. This session will address what is being done and assess the potential of mobile to be more than a repository for personal secrets, instead to become a source of healing and purpose.


Fred Muench Founder Mobile Health Interventions

Jeremy Vanderlan Technical Lead