mHealth (also referred to as m-health or mobile health) is the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones (i.e. iPhone iOS or Android smart phones) or tablet computers (i.e. iPad iOS or Android tablets) for the delivery of healthcare services. mHealth devices, such as those manufactured by iHealth, allow the collection of the individuals own health data (i.e. ECG, oxygen saturations [SPO2], blood pressure [BP], blood glucose, weight and body composition, physical activity, dietary intake, mood & symptoms etc.)
The individuals physiological data is collected from the mHealth device by the smartphone and transmitted to the individuals own personal healthcare record. The individual may decide to share their personal health data with their doctor.
By having access to their own health data, mHealth empowers the individual to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, thus improving their quality of life. When the individual decides that they require support and advice, he or she can open a support session with a specialist clinician.
Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare via telecommunication methods and encompasses both preventative and health promotional aspects. Telemedicine focus's more on the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions at a distance. When mHealth and telehealth are combined, the result is a powerful eHealth [e-health] system capable of managing large number of patients suffering from long term conditions such as heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure) and COPD both efficiently and economically.