Future prospects of health management systems using cellular phones

Hun Sung Kim, Yunji Hwang, Jae Ho Lee, Hye Young Oh, Yi Jun Kim, Hyeon Yoon Kwon, Hyoseung Kang, Hyunah Kim, Rae Woong Park, Ju Han Kim

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Abstract

Background: Cellular phones enable communication between healthcare providers and patients for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. However, few studies have examined the user-friendliness or effectiveness of cellular phone-based medical informatics (CPBMI) for healthcare. Materials and Methods: This study investigated the use of CPBMI to identify its current status within the medical field, advantages and disadvantages, practicability, clinical effectiveness, costs, and cost-saving potential. Results: CPBMI was validated in terms of practicality and provision of medical benefits. It is critical to use CPBMI in accordance with the different features of each disease and condition. Use of CPBMI is expected to be especially useful for patients with chronic disease. Conclusions: We discussed the current status of the clinical use, benefits, and risks of CPBMI. CPBMI and information technology-based health management tools are anticipated to become useful and effective components of healthcare management in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-551
Number of pages8
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • cellular phone
  • healthcare
  • mobile health
  • telemedicine

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