Mhealth (Mobile Health Technology) is a rapidly developing factor in the healthcare sector that has the potential to ensure healthcare becomes more efficient and effective. Mobile Health Technology is, by definition, ‘the use of smartphones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistances and other mobile devices to deliver health care and preventive health services’.
So where does mhealth come into practice in the healthcare system, and how can patients use it to improve their care experience?
Mobile health technology is used by healthcare providers to improve communication with patients through patient portals, in collaborating with care teams and offering real-time monitoring of patients. Additionally, mhealth can provide remote healthcare (telemedicine) to patients and improves access to clinical information and patient date through mobile-enabled EHR’s and mobile health apps.
Alongside healthcare providers, patients can also benefit from mhealth technology in healthcare by;
- Tracking their own personal health data through mhealth apps and devices
- Accessing their clinical records through mobile-enabled patient portals
- Improved communication with their healthcare providers
For the healthcare sector, there are many advantages of implementing mhealth; it’s versatility across all areas of healthcare and its potential to improve the health monitoring of patients should not be underestimated. If implemented correctly, mhealth could also allow for earlier interventions, which would therefore significantly decrease admissions to hospitals, GP’s and healthcare practitioners.
There are many examples of mhealth projects that have the potential to improve the health and care sectors, some of which can be found below;
Mhealth certainly has the potential to disrupt the health and care sectors in a positive way; but for mhealth to truly realise its potential it is extremely important that we only introduce research led health apps onto the market.