Mobile Health (or mHealth) though being a part of healthcare is such a broad area in itself. Not only does it include almost every aspect of healthcare but it also has no restrictions in terms of geography, culture, or economy. The mHealth sector is steadily building capabilities to address today’s healthcare challenges. Let’s take a look at the 3 different communities of mHealth and their unique assets:
- Smartphone User, Developed Country – This category of mHealth users has a smartphone with continuous access to internet almost all the time. If not using a smartphone, they are usually sitting on front of a laptop or using a tablet which can provide them access to internet. Connectivity and electricity are generally not an issue.
- Non-Smart Phone User, Developed Country – With the proliferation of smartphones and devices getting cheaper, this group is shrinking rapidly. However, this group also contains many of the older generation who don’t have a smart phone. The above two groups are really important parts of the healthcare system.
- Cell Phone User, Underdeveloped Country – A recent survey showed that there are more people in this world with cell phones than there are people who have clean drinking water. People in this category do have a cell phone but they generally do not have a lot of features like smartphones. They even might not have regular electricity to charge their cell phones, leave aside having regular internet access. But today’s mHealth applications are being built keeping in mind people under this category.
When vendors and industry leaders drive the development of mHealth technologies and applications to address healthcare issues basis different categories, it will make a lot of difference in the lives of people being touched by those technologies.
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