Mobile Health (“mHealth”) is a medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, PDAs, and other wireless devices. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.
The integration of point-of-care diagnostics with mobile phones will provide the user with a telemedicine capability that is truly mobile with real time data monitoring and transfer with instant diagnosis. Data from the users mobile phone based diagnostics would be immediately transferred by using mobile networks to the healthcare provider and integrated with their medical records. After review the healthcare specialists can provide rapid diagnosis and send feedback to the user via their mobile phone to ensure efficient treatment and optimum patient outcomes.
Our sensor array technology has the potential to be incorporated into mobile phone handsets or used in mobile phone accessories. Our array could also be used in a portable hand-held device and this would be more suitable for specific patient requirements.