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Rapid innovations in digital communications technologies have fueled the use of mobile phones for delivering health services and information—a phenomenon termed mobile health (mHealth). Current mHealth strategies for health service delivery range from the implementation of simple text message reminders to complex clinical decision support algorithms, and extending in recent years to connect mobile phones to sensors and other portable devices for diagnosis at the point-of-care. This chapter summarizes the current state of mHealth, important strides that have been made in strengthening the global mHealth evidence base, and key ‘best practices’ in scaling mHealth for achieving universal healthcare.
KeywordsMobile health mHealth Digital health 12 common mHealth and ICT applications Universal health care
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