“Mobile technology, with its diffusion and characteristics, holds a great potential for health care applications. However the use of mobile phones in health care delivery has not been fully explored, and the diverse outcomes of mHealth have barely been documented,” says a studyappearing in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
“Although some literature reviews cover one part or the other of the field, an overall picture is still missing, possibly due to the field’s constant evolution,” according to a team of Swiss researchers.
“Studies are becoming more theoretically sound,” corresponding author Maddalena Fiordelli, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Communication and Health at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, tells MobiHealthNews. “On the other hand,” she adds, “it seems that research is not keeping up.”
The volume of scientific research about mobile healthcare technology has grown as the field itself has exploded, but the quality and focus of academic studies has not kept pace with the speed of innovation, a review of 10 years’ worth of published literature suggests.