Mobile health (mHealth) is a term used to describe the integration of healthcare monitoring, delivery and transcription to mobile platforms. Examples for Mobile health applications are: Blood glucose monitor that attaches to iPhone for diabetic patients, Smartphone pill dispenser, which monitors and tracks medication adherence, attached ophthalmoscope to an iPhone to scan and detect retinopathies.
Requirements for Applying Mobile Health
To apply mobile health in the daily life, a person requires 2 basic entities: 1) Mobile platforms: mobile platforms are commercial, off-the-shelf computing platforms, with or without wireless connectivity that are handheld in nature (ex: tablets, phones, etc.). 2) Mobile applications: Mobile applications are software applications that can be executed on a mobile platform or a web based software application that is tailored to a mobile device.
Importance of Mobile Health
Mobile Health promotes higher patient engagement. It Increases focus on preventative care and continuous monitoring. Billions of people now use smart phones around the world and it will soar further in the coming years.
Opportunities in Mobile Health
Mobile health is a new tool to manage personal health. It standardizes care through IT and other cloud or mobile infrastructures. It enables remote monitoring of patients by physicians. It gives greater collaboration between healthcare providers due to the availability of data. It improves healthcare outcomes in developing countries due to high adoption of mobile platforms. Health insurance companies in developed countries are promoting mobile health adoption. Studies demonstrate higher rates of patient engagement and better health outcomes for mobile health users.
Mobile Health Trends
Trends in mobile platform usage will dictate what manufacturers must do to keep up with the growing demand for Mobile health applications and devices. More people are now using mobile health applications. Usage is particularly high in patients with chronic diseases.