Definition

mHealth

mHealth (mobile health) is a general term for the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in medical care.

The most common application of mHealth is the use of mobile phones and communication devices to educate consumers about preventive health care services. However, mHealth is also used for disease surveillance, treatment support, epidemic outbreak tracking and chronic disease management. 

mHealth is becoming a popular option in underserved areas where there is a large population and widespread mobile phone usage. Non-profit organizations like mHealth Alliance are advocating for increased use of mHealth in the developing world.

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MHealth program reaches out to pregnant women, substance abusers

See also: telemedicine, telehealth

This was last updated in March 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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