mHealth

Mobile Health or mHealth uses mobile communication technologies, including the delivery of health information, health services and healthy lifestyle support programmes. Mobile communication devices include mobile phones (usually smartphones), tablet computers, mobile sensors and other devices that use cellular networks (3G or 4G), Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Functionality includes text messaging (SMS), smartphone/tablet apps, mobile web browsing, video calling, MMS/pxt, and allowing the mobile use of technologies such as QR code scanning and GPS locating.

Examples of New Zealand mHealth programmes include:

  • STOMP: a text messaging smoking cessation support programme that was implemented as txt2quit by The Quit Group
  • FoodSwitch: a smartphone app to provide point-of-sale nutritional advice on foods and suggest healthier alternatives
  • Listen Please: a clinical translation smartphone app for patients to communicate with clinicians in emergency/intensive care situation.