mHealth is a widely used term in the rapidly changing world of mobile technologies for healthcare. Initial use of the term often focused on the use of mobile phones and handheld devices to deliver health information and services to consumers in mature nations and to rural citizens in developing nations. In order to address critical global challenges, mHealth should instead be viewed as an umbrella term that covers a wide range of mobile solutions which can help enable governments and health organizations to deliver higher-quality, more efficient healthcare. Successful mHealth deployment should include matching the right mobile device to the user’s tasks and workflow requirements. Suitable mHealth devices may be feature phones, smart phones, PDAs, tablets, netbooks, purpose-built platforms, laptops, or workstations on wheels. mHealth solutions should align with organizational objectives and be embedded within a comprehensive information architecture that provides necessary levels of connectivity, security, and privacy while aligning with end users’ workflow and ergonomic needs. When the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) must be maintained, devices with hardware assisted security technologies can provide added insurance.
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