Sep 19, 2017

Mobile Health (mHealth) basically makes use of communication technologies (ICT) and modern information to meet the needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers as well as policy markets and it is also a branch of eHealth.  Mobile Health (mHealth) applications mainly run on the mobile devices for collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.  It can have a significant impact on consumers and on all aspects of the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, and companies are making large investments to influence these technologies more effectively.  mHealth technologies are already a reality in both developed and developing countries, and their interest is expected to significantly increase in the near future, particularly as the overall healthcare industry continues to shift towards value-based medicine, and due to the increasing need for more cost-effective means to deliver healthcare and to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of medical treatments.

Mobile Health (mHealth) has developed rigorously in recent years and has several applications for industrialized nations and for developing countries, stemming from the rapid rise of mobile phone penetration in low-income nations.  This field largely emerged as a means of providing greater access to larger segments of a population in developing countries, further as raising the capability of health systems in such countries to produce quality attention.  Within the mHealth area, projects perform with a range of objectives, as well as increased access to healthcare and health-related data improved capability to diagnose and track diseases; timelier, more actionable public health information; and enlarged access to ongoing medical education and training for medical experts.

Mobile technology involves a large range of stakeholders across the world, all of which are accountable for determining whether mHealth becomes a global reality.  Therefore, for mHealth to realize its full potential it is necessary for all mHealth programs and initiatives to clearly determine all relevant stakeholders and how they might be affected.  Each stakeholder has a very important role to play within the funding and delivery of healthcare to patients, and collaboration between stakeholders at all levels will continue to be critical in determining mHealth’ s uptake and impact in both low- and high-income countries.  The majority of these stakeholders operate inside the overall health care, whereas mobile network operators add the vital technology infrastructure that enables the other stakeholders to implement and utilize mHealth.

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