Title: Mobile health technology of the future: creation of an M-Health taxonomy based on proximity

Authors: Phillip Olla

Addresses: Computer Information Systems Dept, School of Business, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, USA

Abstract: In the future Mobile Health (M-Health) applications will take advantage of technological advances such as nanotechnology, device miniaturisations, device convergence, high-speed mobile networks, and advanced medical sensors. This will lead to the increased diffusion of clinical M-Health systems and services which will have a powerful impact on the health care sector (Istepanian and Laxminaryan, 2000). This paper introduces the concept of |Proximity| to categorise the mobile health applications into groups based on the distance between the user (human) and the technology (device or sensor) being used to record or capture the health related data. The three categories used are |Tele|, |Derma|, and |In Vivo|.

Keywords: derma; in vivo; tele; m-health taxonomy; proximity taxonomy; mobile health; healthcare technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2007.013169

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2007 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.370 - 387

Published online: 11 Apr 2007 *

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