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).

Some random examples of mHealth are: diabetes monitoring sensor and/or apps, wrist bands monitoring the heart beat rate, ingestible drug adherence sensors and apps that provides health advice after typing in physical or psychological symptoms. In addition, many wellness- and fitness-apps are categorized as “health apps” (and accordingly as mHealth) in the app stores. These can range from step counting apps, to calorie intake monitoring and personal fitness training technology (for example a wristband in combination with an app).

See also:

  1. WHO Global Observatory for eHealth, World Health Organization. MHealth: new horizons for health through mobile technologies. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011. Available from: (Last accessed Jan 20, 2020)
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