M-Health Technology as a Transforming Force for Population Health

M-Health Technology as a Transforming Force for Population Health

Florence F. Folami (Millikin University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6162-2.ch021


Information and communication technologies in health practices are known as mobile health. Mobile health (m-Health) is the use of portable electronic devices for mobile voice or data communication over a cellular or other wireless network of base stations to provide health information. Evidence suggests that the use of m-health offers new opportunities for population health. However, resistance to m-health among health professionals is considered to be a main barrier. Evidence shows that m-Health technology would grant patients the long-term support needed during treatment without jeopardizing patient autonomy. The practice of m-health requires a rethinking of the existing frames of reference and adoption of new frames of reference in health practice. This chapter is a descriptive study in which a quantitative technique was used to collect data. The study shows the potential scale and impact of m-health in accelerating the rate of patient education. Healthcare providers can maximize the benefits of electronic tools by educating themselves to better understand the potential uses, challenges, and benefits.
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Review Of The Literature

A systematic review of the literature was conducted using an appropriate search approach and inclusion criteria of population health and the use of social media delivering health messages. Some key areas of focus include (1) m-health and patient compliance and (2) m-health and dissemination of health information among population.

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