DEFINITION of ‘Mobile Health’
Mobile health is the practice of medicine using new mobile technologies. This practice is not limited to doctors and patients using mobile devices – it includes patients, care-takers, pharmacists, or other healthcare provider making use of any digital technology – smartphones, tablets, the internet, texting, calling, specialized applications, or monitoring devices.
INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS ‘Mobile Health’
These technologies can be used by patients to contact a healthcare provider for advice or treatment. Healthcare providers can in turn monitor patients, send medication or appointment reminders, and discuss or treat ailments.
Mobile health is extremely popular in sub-Saharan Africa where face-to-face contact with healthcare practitioners is rare or expensive. In addition, mobile health is useful for data collection, education and disease and outbreak tracking.