A Smartphone Application to Reduce Time-to-Notification of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1795-1800. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303999. Epub 2017 Sep 21.


Objectives: To measure whether the implementation of Healthvana-an online patient engagement platform and smartphone application-reduced the number of days between sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, notification, and treatment at AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Wellness Centers.

Methods: We analyzed the retrospective data for 917 male clients who tested positive and received treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. We included 8 AHF Wellness Centers from California and Florida in the study. We used regression models to evaluate the relationship between Healthvana implementation (pre-Healthvana vs post-Healthvana) and the number of days between the STI test, notification, and treatment.

Results: Following Healthvana implementation at the AHF Wellness Centers, the mean number of days decreased between the STI test and notification, from 8 to 6 days. The mean number of days between the overall STI test and treatment decreased from 12 to 10 days. Regression models found the reduction in the number of days from STI test to notification to be statistically significant.

Conclusions: Smartphone applications like Healthvana are promising technologies to ensure clients are successfully and immediately notified of their STI test results.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • California
  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control
  • Contact Tracing / methods*
  • Florida
  • Gonorrhea / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Smartphone*
  • Syphilis / prevention & control
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult