mHealth is the term to describe the use of mobile devices in Healthcare technology, however it is also used to define other forms of wireless technology in Health. mHealth has become particularly prominent in the developing world, where Healthcare provisions may be sparse or over-stretched, but mobile phone usage is widespread.
In 2014, we crossed a major landmark in technology - for the first time, we had more of one tech device on earth than we did Human Beings. The number of active mobile devices and human beings crossed over somewhere around the 7.19 billion mark. Since then, the spread of Mobile phone usage has only grown, and the health industry has attempted to utilise this growth - particularly in under-developed nations with low access to Healthcare.
Whilst mHealth does have applications in the developed world - particularly in the form of Online Treatments, wearables, health stat monitoring and prescriptions - the majority of investment in mHealth applications is focused on bringing health education and support to developing or unstable countries.
Examples of uses/applications for mHealth include:
Detecting Cataracts to prevent blindness
Checking water for dangerous bacteria
Sexual Health advice and education
Monitoring for risk factors to reduce Child Mortality
Advice for new Mothers
Encouraging testing such as Cancer & HIV
mHealth applications are also used to combat anxiety and other mental health issues