Ubiquitous computing technology for just-in-time motivation of behavior change

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;107(Pt 2):1434-7.


This paper describes a vision of health care where "just-in-time" user interfaces are used to transform people from passive to active consumers of health care. Systems that use computational pattern recognition to detect points of decision, behavior, or consequences automatically can present motivational messages to encourage healthy behavior at just the right time. Further, new ubiquitous computing and mobile computing devices permit information to be conveyed to users at just the right place. In combination, computer systems that present messages at the right time and place can be developed to motivate physical activity and healthy eating. Computational sensing technologies can also be used to measure the impact of the motivational technology on behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Telemedicine
  • User-Computer Interface