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About mHealth

What is mHealth?

mHealth is a new area emerging within the field of TeleCare and TeleHealth.

mHealth (also written as m-health or mobile health) is the use of mobile communications – such as personal digital assistants and mobile phones – for health services and information. The mHealth field has emerged as a subset of telemedicine. mHealth applications range from SMS medication reminders - based on existing mobile capabilities - to collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, citizens and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs and direct provision of care.

 

BENEFITS of mHealth

mHealth presents additional benefits:

  • Increased access to healthcare: with 80% of the world’s population within range of a mobile network, mHealth does not require access to broadband and internet. This allows access to primary healthcare, health information and health education, in particular in regions with scarce medical resources, poor health infrastructures and no connectivity.
  • Societal acceptance of mobile communications: in our society, mobile has a strong societal acceptance and use which will facilitate the adoption by patients and medical professionals.
  • Real time communication: mHealth offers the possibility for almost real-time communication and two-way information between the patient/citizen and the medical professional/service provider.

In June 2016, COCIR published the new paper Initiates file downloadRealising the Potential of mHealth: Where Do We Stand?