Mobile Communication for Medical Care Essay

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Mobile Communications for Medical Care a study of current and future healthcare and health promotion applications, and their use in China and elsewhere Final Report 21 April 2011 Mobile Communications for Medical Care – Final Report 21 April 2011 2 Mobile Communications for Medical Care a study of current and future healthcare and health promotion applications, and their use in China and elsewhere Final Report 21 April 2011 Contents Executive Summary About the Authors Foreword by China Mobile 5 8 9 1. Objectives, Approach and Overview of the mHealth Market 2. Overview of Existing Applications of mHealth 3. Overview of Potential Next-Generation Applications of mHealth 4. Illustrative Business Cases for mHealth Provision 5. Realising the Health Benefits to Society 6. Deployment of mHealth Applications 11 19 29 41 59 69 Special Feature: Summary of Case Studies of mHealth Deployments in China 81 Annexes A B mHealth Applications Identified in the Course of the Project Participants in the Workshop and the Interview Programme 93 113 References 119 Mobile Communications for Medical Care – Final Report 21 April 2011 4 Mobile Communications for Medical Care – Final Report 21 April 2011 5 Executive Summary This report examines the use of mobile networks to enhance healthcare (so-called “mHealth”), as an example of how mobile communications can contribute to sustainable development. We define mHealth as “a service or application that involves voice or data communication for health purposes between a central point and remote locations. It includes telehealth (or eHealth) applications if delivery over a mobile network adds utility to the application. It also includes the use of mobile phones and other devices as platforms for local health-related purposes as long as there is some use of a network.” Innovative mHealth

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