mHealth

mHealth is an abbreviation for mobile health technology. Definitions for mHealth vary. We follow this one: “Medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices”(1).

Examples of mHealth are: Diabetes monitoring sensor and/or app; wrist band monitoring the heart beat rate; an app that provides health advice after typing in physical or psychological symptoms. Many wellness- and fitness-apps are categorized as “health apps” (and accordingly as mHealth) in the app stores. Examples in this category are step counting apps, calorie intake monitoring apps and personal fitness training technology (for example a wristband in combination with an app).

  1. WHO Global Observatory for eHealth, World Health Organization. MHealth: new horizons for health through mobile technologies. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011. Available from: http://www.who.int/goe/publications/goe_mhealth_web.pdf (Last accessed Jan 20, 2020)
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