Mobile Health Q&A

What is Mobile Health(mHealth)?

Put simply it is using mobile handsets, like Smart phones, iPads or dedicated devices, to perform Health related task, via Application software, where any required communication to a Clinician or Carer is done via Wireless technology(3G,4G,Wifi).

What kind of Apps are there?

A recent review of iPhone Apps showed that of the 13,000+ available the key areas were:

  • Cardio
  • Diet
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
  • Strength training
  • Women’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Sleep
  • Smoking Cessation

Along with the Apps come dedicated equipment, either stand alone, like a wifi enable Pace maker, or something that connects to a Smart phone to use devices communication facilities.

Clinical verse Welbeing

Differentiating between the two will always be tricky, but my basic rule involves Electronic Patient Records(EPRs). If patient information needs to be transferred from the mHealth device to a clinician, then it must comply with Data Protection/Confidentiality legislation of the particular country.

That would be the Data Protection act for the UK and HIPAA for the USA etc.


Different countries have different health schemes, from the free-at-source NHS, to insurance only based schemes.

Whilst the initial mHealth Apps were stand-alone the move now is towards integrated services, with associated communities of interest.



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