Over the last century, many nonprofit organizations have been to trying to unify developed and developing countries in bringing equitable healthcare services. There are hundreds of agencies across the globe relentlessly working to reach out under-served or unserved populations. With the invention of mhealth, these efforts will transform into reality sooner than expected. The way health is perceived/delivered globally will be change because mhealth is a tool to monitor, diagnose, manage, analyze and disseminate healthcare. The major advantages of mhealth applications ares global applicability, cost-effectiveness and healthcare access to remotely living population. If implemented strategically and systematically, mhealth can revolutionize health outcomes. Theoretically, it is like giving everyone a mobile device with medical expertise and intervention real-time.
- Take control of your heart. This monitor provides anyone to track cardiac health anywhere, anytime. This is just like carrying a thermometer. It is free app. All one need to do is attach the monitor to mobile device and record ECG, then email it for analysis.http://www.alivecor.com/what-is-it
- If someone has ascites or ectopic pregnancy, twin pregnancy, myocardial infarction, ruptured cyst or gallstones, iphone ultrasound can be performed and transferred for interpretation by the expert immediately. This is the future stethoscope of modern healthcare.
- How about Face Time consultations with a registered doctor via video call and have consultation real time. http://mobihealthnews.com/7948/uk-doctors-video-consultations-iphone-facetime/. One physician from Arizona consulting another physician in LA to discuss on decision on amputation because of ulcer on a patient foot.
- There is a SMS service to send and receive large group of people, two-way text messaging used for the information dissemination. Ideal in public health initiative such as disease outbreaks, disaster relief coordination, conducting large surveys http://www.frontlinesms.com
Challenges of mhealth:
- Issues with licensing and credentialing of service providers.
- Legal implications of outcomes and failures.
- Regulation of products that are once considered to be properties of qualified healthcare professionals and data security.
- Regional health policies that may not recognize mhealth as an approach to address the health issues.