Many of you have read about this term on the internet, in magazines, or in the newspapers. Cell phones and health have even been discussed on the Dr. Oz show. But what exactly does this term mean?
mHealth (also written as m-health or mobile health) is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health and is supported by mobile devices (your cell, tablet, or computer).
They are accessible via downloaded applications (apps) on your mobile device. There now seem to be limitless possibilities as to what services these apps can provide.
Your basic app can offer you with a variety of medical information. Where is your femur located? What are the side effects of my new medicine? Am I overweight? Is my baby ok? Your next level of medical app is generally more interactive. You can enter your blood pressures, sugar levels, or weights and it will keep track and monitor it for you. Many of these also provide educational material based on your individual profile and your healthcare goals. The most advanced (and this is on the cusp of developing technology) are the medical apps which turn your device into an actual medical machine. Proposed examples allow devices to turn into a blood pressure cuff or glucometer. Aside from simply providing you with information, they can also send this information to your health care provider.
As you can see, the mobile health industry is ready to explode. You will now be faced with being the health care equivalent of Netflix or Blockbuster. Advance, be educated, and take control of your health future.