mHealth is a rapidly growing area of health technology that has significant potential to improve care processes, expand access to care, augment other home care technologies, and reduce the costs of care.
mHealth is broadly defined as the delivery of health-related services to patients, clinicians and caregivers through mobile technology platforms on cellular or wireless networks.
Mobile technologies include, but are not limited to tablets, cell phones (hardware and software), smartphones, mobile-enabled diagnostic devices, or devices with mobile alert systems.
mHealth services contribute improved health for older adults in areas such as medication compliance, chronic disease monitoring, safety monitoring, access to health information, and communication with providers.
The Center has funded five organizations to demonstrate how mobile health technology improves the quality and efficiency of chronic disease management of older adults.