Viewing Mobile Health Technology Design Through the Lens of Amplification Theory

Beza Merid, Maria Cielito Robles, Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, Mark W. Newman, Lesli E. Skolarus

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Digital health interventions designed to promote health equity can be valuable tools in the delivery of health care to hardly served patient populations. But if the design of these technologies and the interventions in which they are deployed do not address the myriad structural barriers to care that minoritized patients, patients in rural areas, and patients who have trouble paying for care often face, their impact may be limited. Drawing on our mobile health (mHealth) research in the arena of cardiovascular care and blood pressure management, this viewpoint argues that health care providers and researchers should tend to structural barriers to care as a part of their digital health intervention design. Our 3-step predesign framework, informed by the Amplification Theory of Technology, offers a model that interventionists can follow to address these concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere31069
JournalJMIR mHealth and uHealth
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022


  • Amplification Theory of Technology
  • cardiovascular disease
  • digital health
  • high blood pressure
  • mHealth
  • racial health disparities
  • structural barriers to health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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