Trends on Tuesday: Have You Cut the Cord?

Aug 26, 2014 |

First, it was party lines. Then, it was the rotary phone. Now, two-in-five (41%) U.S. households have officially said goodbye to landlines, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for Health Statistics. If you have been keeping up with previous mobile trends, you won’t be surprised Read »

Safe Swimming This Summer (Can You Say That Four Times Fast?)

Jul 31, 2014

You don’t have to try too hard to get people into the water during summer. But swimming the healthy and safe way? Well, everyone could use help on that. Whether you are a swimmer, lifeguard, pool attendant or sun-loving spectator, the Centers for Disease Read »

Customization is Key to Better Mobile User Experience

Jul 30, 2014 |

Resources like Theresa Neil’s Mobile Design Product Gallery book and describe, and provide examples of, common features mobile developers can implement and tailored further to satisfy their users. As mentioned in this week’s Trends on Tuesday, customizing apps to meet Read »

Mobile REMM App: New Physicians’ Aid

Jul 10, 2014 |

The Department of Health and Human Service’s Mobile REMM App provides physicians and emergency medical staff with the latest and greatest information concerning radioactive and nuclear emergencies. Available on iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms, the native application showcases comprehensive information concerning dose Read »

Multilingual Digital Content

Jul 1, 2014 | ,

Federal agencies are required to provide meaningful access to government information to people with limited English proficiency. This applies to your agency’s digital content too. You need to determine how much information you need to provide in other languages, based on an assessment of your audience. Read »

CDC’s “Predict the Flu Season Challenge” Could Keep You Well in the Future

Jun 24, 2014 |

The results of an innovative government prize competition might help you avoid the flu next season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the winner of the “Predict the Influenza Season Challenge”: Dr. Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and his team submitted an Read »

The Importance of Cross-Channel Customer Service—DigitalGov Summit Recap

Jun 5, 2014 |

During the DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit last Friday, customer service experts from across government came together on a panel to share what customer service means to them and their organization and specific ways they leverage it. The other panels were on performance analysis, public private partnerships, and inter-agency work. The panelists spoke about the strategies Read »

CDC’s Digital Front Door Goes Responsive

Jun 5, 2014

Ask, and you shall receive. That was the strategy behind the new homepage from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new homepage debuted last month with a responsive design that offers a “one-site-fits-all” experience based on feedback from you, the public. Read »

CDC’s New App Answers the Question: ‘Can I Eat This?’

May 8, 2014

I’ll be honest: When I had only heard the name of the new mobile app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I thought, “Interesting — another dieting app to add to my phone.” So wrong was I. In fact, the only way you’re going to lose weight with this traveler’s app is if you Read »

Government Open and Structured Content Models Are Here!

May 5, 2014 |

Smartphones, tablets, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, not to mention your agency’s desktop website, are all clamoring for information, but sliced and diced in different ways. How can you make your content adaptive for efficient delivery to all of these mediums? Structured content and open content models can help you create content that Read »

Get a grip on injury, death rates with new mobile app from CDC

Mar 20, 2014

Need to make a pitch for injury prevention? About to give an impromptu public health presentation that can benefit from a few sobering data points about leading causes of death in your state? (Or maybe you just have a keen interest in the macabre while waiting for the bus.) Well, go grab your iPads: The Center Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Federal Agency Mobile Gov Trends in 2013

Dec 31, 2013 |

Today we want to tell you about the federal agency trends we saw this year in the development of public facing mobile products. Digital Government Strategy drove Mobile Gov Development Digital Government Strategy milestone 7.2 required agencies to implement two public facing mobile products in May. The White House highlighted Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Mobile Gaming Habits

Dec 10, 2013 |

We’ve reported before that playing games is one of the most popular activities on mobile devices. A recent study by App Annie and IDC dives deeper into Read »

New Outbreaks (but No Zombies) on CDC’s Solve the Outbreak

Oct 31, 2013 |

The Centers for Disease Control recently added three new outbreaks to their Solve the Outbreak app. CDC released the app earlier this year to teach users how CDC’s disease detectives save lives everyday. Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Kids are Going Mobile

Sep 10, 2013 |

From the time they can grasp an object in their hands, children are reaching for electronic gadgets of all kinds—particularly our smartphones and tablets. The early adoption of mobile is growing each year as evidenced by this infographic from 30 percent of 2- to Read »