The mHealth app MIMOTI (“mini Motivation”) supports the postoperative bariatric treatment process. The focus is on daily exercise and raising health awareness.
The app was used productively in May 2016 as part of a clinical study by Inselspital Bern entitled “The impact of daily physical activity on weight loss after bariatric surgery”. The study investigates the extent to which physical activity has an effect on well-being after surgery. The patients record their weight and measure their steps with a pedometer. These data are stored in their MIDATA account. Patients can use a mobile app to track their progress and supplement these data with a self-assessment of their well-being. With the consent of the participants, these data will be used in pseudonymized form for the study under the direction of Dr. Philipp Nett.
The high number of patient entries (on average 3 per day) shows that reporting with a personalized progress report increases the motivation for increased exercise. Not only because of the good acceptance and the positive feedback on the MIMOTI App, patient care in this form should be pursued further. Gamification, the additional recording of values, such as nutrition or medication, as well as the inclusion of laboratory values, could represent meaningful further development steps for MIMOTI.
In September 2016, the app and its developers, Adrian Wyss and Aline Zaugg, were awarded the “Prix d’excellence” for outstanding medical informatics projects in the “Best Implementation” category. The prize is awarded as part of a partnership between the Bern University of Applied Sciences and the Biel Hospital Centre.