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June 04, 2017

Healthcare Tech Terms: What is mHealth? Examples and Definitions

What is mHealth? Examples of mHealth Applications and uses

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. 

Uses and manifestations of mHealth can range from the use of mobile phones and other devices to educate users about medical care services or risk prevention to monitoring health, epidemic outbreak tracking and treatment support.

 

The Impact of Mobile Health Applications

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

Examples of mhealth applications for mental HealthmHealth applications are also used to combat anxiety and other mental health issues

Further Reading 

10 Examples of Mobile Health around the World - NetworkWorld

The Benefits of Mobile Health Strategies - mHealth Intelligence


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