mHealth is the leveraging of ‘mobile’ (the newest mass medium) for ‘health’ (the state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing). It is a term that is widely confused, as many healthcare information technology professionals tend to consider it to be just a small subset of eHealth, but this is largely due to a lack of appreciation and awareness of the newest mass media. Historically, this has always happened with new mass media, for example, when television was first introduced it was regarded as a smaller subset of the cinema, showing timed slots and having broadcasting hours restricted similarly to opening times. It took more than 50 years before we saw its unique attributes start to be fully explored by tycoons such as Ted Turner, who made his fortune with CNN—the first all-news channel featuring rolling 24-hour coverage
Touch Health Sciences have published my latest “Introduction to mHealth” article designed to help introduce the scope of opportunities to healthcare professionals.
Companies mentioned include Alivecor, Apple, Cinterion, Doro, Emporia, FireText, Greatcall, Kaiser Permanente, Medhand AB, Microsoft HealthVault, Nokia, Samsung, SendTech SeN-Cit and Tomi Ahonen Consulting.