Special Issue "M-Health: Emerging Mobile Health Systems"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Enrique J. Gómez Aguilera
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Guest Editor
Department of PT and Bioengineering, Faculty of Telecommunication Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: mHealth; digital health; chronic care; neurorehabilitation engineering; brain health
Dr. Jennifer Whetham
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Assistant Guest Editor
HIV/GUM Research Department, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH), The Elton John Centre, Sussex House, 1 Abbey Road, BRIGHTON BN2 1ES, UK
Interests: mHealth; digital health; co-design; HIV; Sexual Health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of mobile and wireless technologies is changing the way in which health services are delivered around the world. With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide owning a mobile phone, the opportunities for the use of digital health solutions to improve public health are unprecedented. The number and type of mHealth services are continuously evolving: facilitating access to specialist clinical diagnostics and treatment advice and other areas, such as emergencies and disaster management, health promotion, treatment compliance, mobile patient records, information access and health surveys.

mHealth is integrating many new technologies for intelligent patient monitoring, data collection, and artificial intelligence decision support systems. These services and technologies are applied in many clinical areas, such as chronic care, palliative care, brain health, maternal and childcare, neurorehabilitation, emergency, health behaviour change programmes and patient education. The acceptance of new clinical pathways by clinicians, patients, administrators and policymakers is increasing trends which have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite advances, mHealth still faces challenges related to delivering more person-centred health care, ensuring citizens’ secure access to their health data, effective citizen empowerment, early diagnosis and illness prevention. mHealth has become an essential part of public health programme, aiming to empower patients, improve patient–clinician communication, decrease inequality, support vulnerable groups and achieve better health outcomes in a cost-effective manner.

Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic and scientific quality coupled with a practical focus on providing emerging mHealth solutions.

Prof. Dr. Enrique J. Gómez Aguilera
Dr. Jennifer Whetham
Guest Editors

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  • mHealth
  • digital health
  • chronic care
  • palliative care
  • deprived communities
  • health behaviour change programmes
  • patient education
  • patient empowerment

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EmERGE mHealth Platform: Implementation and Technical Evaluation of a Digital Supported Pathway of Care for Medically Stable HIV
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3156; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063156 - 18 Mar 2021
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In this article, we described a new mobile-Health (mHealth) supported clinical pathway of care for people living with medically stable HIV in terms of platform acceptability, usability and technical feasibility. The EmERGE mHealth platform was codesigned with clinicians and the community, developed using [...] Read more.
In this article, we described a new mobile-Health (mHealth) supported clinical pathway of care for people living with medically stable HIV in terms of platform acceptability, usability and technical feasibility. The EmERGE mHealth platform was codesigned with clinicians and the community, developed using Scrum agile methodology, integrated with hospital information systems and validated in a large prospective cohort study of 2251 participants. The evaluation of this new paradigm of care was conducted using a tailored Health Technology Assessment: the Model for Assessment of Telemedicine Applications. Usability and acceptability were assessed through the System Usability Score and a Patient Reported Experience Measure. The EmERGE platform was successfully deployed across diverse care settings in five European countries and used by 2251 patients and more than 20 clinicians for up to 30 months. Results from the formal evaluation demonstrated that the EmERGE platform is feasible and acceptable, with a high level of usability (median System Usability Score (SUS) 85.0%) and very positive patient-reported experiences (94.2% would recommend to a friend). The EmERGE platform is a secure and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant system with a complete set of functionalities that could be easily adapted to other clinical conditions, clinical sites and health systems thanks to its modular technical architecture. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Decision support tool for the promotion of healthy habits in a multimodal mHealth-based intervention for brain health.
Authors: Diego Moreno Blanco and Javier Solana Sanchez
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