mHealth: Barriers To Global Implementation

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The world is experiencing a revolution in healthcare. The exponential growth of mobile communications, not only in developed countries but also in the developing world, combined with increasing innovation in harnessing the power of mobile technologies, has resulted in a groundswell of activity in mobile health (also known as mHealth).


Defining mHealth


Although to date, there is no standard definition of mHealth, it is commonly understood to encompass the use of mobile devices and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives.

This article will present an overview of the barriers that countries face in implementing mHealth and highlight some solutions, based on the findings of the two most recent global surveys – Emerging mHealth:paths for growth, and mHealth:New horizons for health through mobile technologies. Understanding and finding solutions to these barriers is vital so that resources can be allocated to optimally put public health initiatives into practice.

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