Mobile health (mHealth for short) encompasses any form of healthcare interactions that take place over mobile devices. This can range from access to medical records to teleconferencing with healthcare providers with devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Mirroring consumer fascination with mobile devices, the mHealth market is growing rapidly in the United States and Europe, even as some health systems struggle to keep up. As a new technology, it shows promise in areas that modern medicine still struggles to reach: Third world countries are rapid adopters of mHealth applications. Also, mHealth attempts to keep people out of the doctor's office by giving them access to health information and assistance on their smartphones.
Learn more at mHIMSS.updated October 30, 2012