The Minimal Effective Dose of Reminder Technology

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Remembering to take one's medication on time is hard work. This is true for younger people with no chronic illness as well as older people with many co-morbid conditions that require a complex medication regime. Many technological solutions have been proposed to help with this problem, but is more IT really the solution? In this paper, I argue that technological help should be limited to the minimal effective dose, which depends on the person and their living situation, and may well be zero.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2474-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • alerts, ehealth, medication, reminders, telecare

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