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Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Original Article | 0 comments

mHealth in Health Information Delivery; The Indian Scenario

Geena Skaria1
1Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Information Management, Manipal University, Manipal
Journal MTM 2:1:26-29, 2013

mHealth is one area which has major scope in developing countries like India, especially in the field of health Information delivery. It can play a major role in improving the health literacy among rural population. But there are barriers to the growth of mHealth in India. India is a country with numerous languages, diverse culture and living styles which makes it difficult to propagate standard set of information to people from all walks of life. Innovative ideas should be formulated to target people with differing languages and literacy levels, thus widening the scope for mHealth development in India.


Global health challenges have gained attention in last few years. This changing scenario has influenced the life style of people around the globe. The standard of living is comparatively higher than that of previous century. The more the comfort, more is the risks towards health. In modern societies, almost every aspect of our lives is challenged with questions and decisions on health. People are expected to take health decisions for themselves or for their families at some point of their life.(1) It is at this point people seek information related to health. Technology now has a huge influence on people’s life, which makes people more depended to it. Mobile phone is one such device which has created revolution in the world. It has now made world into a smaller place where almost everyone around the globe is within your reach. Mobile phone has put its strong feet in the industry throughout these years by arming itself with additional features like SMS, MMS, music /video downloads, video conferencing and so on, thus becoming the cheapest means of communication and entertainment in the modern world.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Perspective Pieces | 0 comments

Digital devices in psychiatry

Prof. John Tiller1
1Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia
JournalMTM 2:1:30-33, 2013


The stereotype of the psychiatrist with a notepad sitting behind a patient on a couch is now quaint and largely historical with little relevance to contemporaneous practice (1). The digital revolution has brought about major changes in psychiatry. Psychiatric information used to sit in books and journals in physical libraries and is now largely available in electronic libraries or on the web. References with this article reflect that trend, which give rise to the concept of mobile technology enhancing the practice of the psychiatrist. Consent for the use of such devices and methodologies is implied.

The change began with use of word processors and then computers in the writing of reports and general correspondence. This progressed with the use of voice dictation in writing doctor’s letters and reports. With a new generation of doctors being skilled at touch typing, some even record their patient notes as interviews proceed. The availability of assessment templates has meant that doctors following such templates may be more likely to complete an adequate assessment covering the relevant clinical areas than completing assessments with a blank piece of paper and no structure. Adaptive templates can allow brief notes in one area or an extensive elaboration in another, depending on the clinical presentation. Though this process began with mainframe and then desktop computers, it has now migrated to notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets.

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Posted on Dec 25, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Volume 1, Issue 4

The Editorial Board at the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine is proud to present Volume 1, Issue 4, published in December 2012.  Mobile technology in Medicine is a rapidly developing area, and we hope to continue accelerating research in the field. We look forward to your submissions for Issue 5.

Volume 1, Issue 4 Contents


001   Application of mobile technology in ophthalmology to meet the demands of low-resource settings
R. Chakrabarti

Original Articles

004  Review of Neurosurgical Smartphone Applications 2012
J. Tseng

011  Precision of App-Based Model for End-Stage Liver Disease Score Calculators
S. Hews, P. Chambers

016 Medical Students’ Use of and Attitudes Towards Medical Applications
N. Koehler, K. Yao, O. Vujovic, C. McMenamin

022 An Empirical Review of the Top 500 Medical Apps in a European Android Market
V. Obiodu, E. Obiodu,

Case Reports

038  The Use of Generic Mobile Devices in Operating Proprietary Medical Devices – Example from a Case Report of Vagal Nerve Stimulation Therapy
B. Chee

Perspective Pieces

042 The Legal Perspective of mHealth in the United States
W. Garvin

In keeping with our open-access principles, all articles are published both as full text and as PDF files for download.  For your convenience, attached to this post is a  PDF file containing the complete Volume 1, Issue 4, which can be easily downloaded and saved for viewing offline.

We look forward to hearing from readers in the comments section, and encourage authors to submit research to be considered for publication in this peer-reviewed medical journal.

Yours Sincerely,

Editorial Board
Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine

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Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Articles, Original Article | 3 comments

Application of mobile technology in ophthalmology to meet the demands of low-resource settings

Dr Rahul Chakrabarti MBBS1,2

1 Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 2Centre for Eye Research, Australia
Corresponding Author:
Journal MTM 1:4:1-3, 2012

The capacity for mobile technology to play an important role in facilitating patient care in low-resource settings was evidenced by the recent 9th General Assembly of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) held in Hyderabad, India. Amongst the major priorities emphasised by the Vision 2020 consortium was the goal to provide universal coverage and access to services to preserve sight. Fundamental to achieving this target was the need to strengthen health systems by development and provision of accessible and affordable health technology.1 The conference theme was ‘eye care – it’s everyone’s business’, exhibited excellent examples of innovation and scientific rigour in the application of telemedicine and mobile health in the field of ophthalmology.

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Posted on Dec 20, 2012 in Articles, Original Article | 0 comments

Review of Neurosurgical Smartphone Applications 2012

Dr Jimmy Tseng MBBS1
1Department of Neurosurgery, Austin Health, Australia
Corresponding Author:
Journal MTM 1:4:4-10, 2012

Background:  Many smartphone applications are currently available for neurosurgeons to use in integrating with their clinical practice, complementing with aids for patients, diagnosis tools and education in both neuroanatomy and neuropathology.

Purpose:   To provide a comprehensive review and comparison of apps available to neurosurgeons in the United States and Australia.

Methods:   Searches were made on Apple Inc App Store on both the United States and Australian stores and described in detail according to the website.

Results:   42 apps were found and compared in costs, ratings, functionality and app size. The majority of apps had no reviews, and there were only 2 apps that were not available on both the United States and Australian App Stores.

Conclusion:   While there are no significant differences between the United States and Australian App Stores for neurosurgical apps, there remains a shortage of high quality apps for use in clinical practice. However, there is ongoing improvement with the quality of apps for neurosurgeons.

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