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Today’s digital world has seen the penetration and adoption of technology into every economic sector and aspect of life, including the healthcare industry. The global proliferation of smartphones and their users has seen mHealth and eHealth app development become a new fundamental aspect of digital health. 

mHealth has many uses, from medication reminders and chronic health management to complex remote population health analysis. Healthcare is shifting towards a patient-centred and outcome-based delivery model, making it an essential partner in healthcare transformation. It also provides cheaper and faster health services, especially for patients suffering from chronic diseases and health conditions. 

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic saw the health industry turn to mHealth and other technological solutions to keep healthcare workers safe while still providing quality patient care. 

What You’ll Learn

This document provides guidelines on ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for lone healthcare workers. It will cover the following:

  • What is mHealth 
  • What are the benefits of mHealth 
  • Technological trends in the healthcare industry 
  • How mHealth is shaping healthcare staff security 

What is mHealth?

mHealth is short for mobile health. It refers to practicing medicine and healthcare over mobile devices, computers, tablets, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Although WHO (the World Health Organization) says that mHealth has no fixed standard or definition, other organizations like the Global Observatory for eHealth use the above definition. 

As per the definition, mHealth applications are mobile apps that support medical treatment, monitoring, and public health practices through mobile gadgets, PDAs, patient monitoring gadgets, and other forms of wireless network devices. 

It, therefore, follows that all health and fitness applications that work with fitness trackers, smart wearable gadgets, and smartphone platforms are mHealth apps. Additionally, everything from doctor’s appointment booking apps to patient monitoring and connected applications working as health device interfaces fall under the mHealth apps category. 

It’s essential to note that mHealth performs similar functions as eHealth, such as obtaining vital signs or delivering information to doctors to allow remote treatment. However, the difference is that mHealth delivery is through mobile gadgets while eHealth relies on computers, emails, monitors, and satellite communications. 

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