Why mHealth isn’t “HealthCare Access Through Mobile Technology”

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A client shared with me this Healthworks Collective post from Joan Justice asking if mHealth is the leverage of the newest mass media for Health what’s so wrong with the very different definition being used in this article:

 

“mHealth”….. “mobile health”…….. what is it exactly? And how does it give patients access to better care?

 

I like Dr. Ruchi Dass’s definition of mobile health: “Mobile health is not about healthcare and mobile phones; I think that’s a misconception. It’s healthcare that is available anytime, anywhere, wherever you need it, whenever you need it. It’s healthcare that can be accessed by whatever you have, be it your mobile phone, be it your television, your radio, or your iPod. That’s the kind of healthcare that we are talking about.”

 

So mHealth, for me at least, is healthcare that you can access where and when you want it. And this field is exploding. I went to the mHealth Summit last year in Washington DC and was overwhelmed with all the lectures, discussion groups, exhibitors, and conversations.

 

I will certainly attend again this year and I am ready to be even more overwhelmed!”

Here are my thoughts:

 

1) Mobile Health is going to be a very confusing term if its “not about healthcare and mobile phones” in some shape or form. Perhaps Ruchi is trying to talk about some other type of more inclusive term like connected health etc but from reading this article I can’t help but think there’s a lack of appreciation of what patients actually have and their capacity to use it to connect to their sensitive personal needs:

 

“It’s healthcare that can be accessed by whatever you have, be it your mobile phone, be it your television, your radio, or your iPod“

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