The mHealth

  • Alessia PaglialongaEmail author
  • Alfonso Mastropietro
  • Elisa Scalco
  • Giovanna Rizzo
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


The rapid growth and popularity of mobile technology have opened an entirely new area in healthcare. Mobile health (mHealth) encompasses any use of mobile applications and devices for health and is a lively area of development and research. mHealth apps and devices hold great promise in terms of potential benefits for the several actors involved (patients, citizens, and professionals). For example, the promotion of preventive behaviors and health monitoring, enhanced patient-doctor engagement, improved service delivery in resource-limited settings, patient empowerment, and patient-centered care. At the same time, this mobile revolution in healthcare can bring along peculiar challenges and risks that are entirely new and that need to be carefully addressed. For example, the digital divide and related health inequalities, the risk of increased dropout in clinical studies compared, and the issue of guaranteeing evidence base, validation, and in general, quality and effectiveness of mHealth. These challenges push for more and more focused research in the field and for increasing collaboration among researchers, physicians and healthcare professionals, developers, industries, as well as representatives of the target user groups.


Applications Assessment Attrition Benefits Challenges Digital divide Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) Health inequalities Patient empowerment Patient engagement Quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessia Paglialonga
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alfonso Mastropietro
    • 2
  • Elisa Scalco
    • 2
  • Giovanna Rizzo
    • 2
  1. 1.Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni (IEIIT)MilanItaly
  2. 2.Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare (IBFM)Segrate, MilanItaly

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