The ongoing widespread uptake and use of mobile telecommunications and multimedia technologies, including such devices as smartphones and tablet computers, has opened up rich new avenues to exploit in eHealth. Mobile health (mHealth) is now a rapidly developing trend within the field which employs these new technologies in healthcare delivery systems. Issue 20 of the European Journal of ePractice takes up the challenge of analysing mHealth as it is now, and offering some clues about how it should or could develop in the future.
The issue is divided into two parts. The first part is sub-titled ‘Applying mHealth Solutions’ and features seven papers covering issues related to the development and implementation of mHealth solutions, and their effectiveness and impact. These papers examine some of the available mHealth tools and implemented solutions, including those in which the mobile devices are used by patients, and those in which the devices are used by healthcare staff. They discuss a tool which employs mobile devices in a patient-driven decision-support system, and other systems in which mobile devices can increase the use of electronic health records and other institution-patient communications, such as remote bookings. They also look at how mobile devices are used for specific physical and mental disorders, namely in the treatment of cardiology and mood disorders. There is also discussion of the role that mHealth solutions can play in the organisation of healthcare, and of how mobile devices can be used by healthcare staff to improve the reliability of patient identification.