Mobile Devices in Health and Healthcare


mobile health by Juhan Sonin

Mobile devices for health and in healthcare fascinate me. The opportunity for behavioural changes, patient interventions, social support, information provision, the challenge of infection control and all sorts of ares too. To help others find articles I started a Mendeley Group called Mobile Devices in health and healthcare, where I can collaborate and share resources. If interested feel free to join the group, if you just want the references check out the bibliography below.

Akinyemi, K. O., Atapu, A. D., Adetona, O. O., & Coker, A. O. (2009). The potential role of mobile phones in the spread of bacterial infections. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, 3(8), 628–632. Retrieved from

Aldiss, S., Taylor, R. M., Soanes, L., Maguire, R., Sage, M., Kearney, N., & Gibson, F. (2010). Working in collaboration with young people and health professionals. A staged approach to the implementation of a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(6), 561–576. doi:10.1177/1744987110380803

Bellina, L., & Missoni, E. (2009). Mobile cell-phones (M-phones) in telemicroscopy: increasing connectivity of isolated laboratories. Diagnostic Pathology, 4(1), 19. Retrieved from

Boyle, J. (2006). Wireless technologies and patient safety in hospitals. Telemedicine Journal & E-Health, 12(3). Retrieved from

Brady, R. R. W., Verran, J., Damani, N. N., & Gibb, a P. (2009). Review of mobile communication devices as potential reservoirs of nosocomial pathogens. The Journal of Hospital Infection, 71(4), 295–300. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2008.12.009

Bring Your Own Device Policy Implementation Guide. (2012).

Carranza, N., Febles, V., Hernández, J. a, Bardasano, J. L., Monteagudo, J. L., Fernández de Aldecoa, J. C., & Ramos, V. (2011). Patient safety and electromagnetic protection: a review. Health Physics, 100(5), 530–41. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e3181f0cad5

Chib, A., Wilkin, H., Ling, L. X., Hoefman, B., & Van Biejma, H. (2012, January). You have an important message! Evaluating the effectiveness of a text message HIV/AIDS campaign in Northwest Uganda. Journal of Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649104

D’Adamo, M., Fabic, M. S., & Ohkubo, S. (2012). Meeting the health information needs of health workers: what have we learned? Journal of Health Communication, 17 Suppl 2(July 2012), 23–9. doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.666626

Durduran, S. S., Uygunol, O., & Seyfi, L. (2010). Mapping of electromagnetic pollution at 1800 MHz GSM (global system for mobile communication) frequency in Konya. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ESSAYS, 5(18), 2664–2672.

Erdogan, O. (2002). Electromagnetic Interference on Pacemakers. Indian Pacing And Electrophysiology Journal, 2(3), 74–78. Retrieved from

Eri Ti, A., & Haseski, P. D. S. H. I. (2011). THE USE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES IN MULTIMEDIA-SUPPORTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 12(July), 130–141. Retrieved from

Fernandez-Chimeno, M., & Silva, F. Mobile phones electromagnetic interference in medical environments: A review. , 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 311–316 (2010). IEEE.

Foh, K. (2012). Integrating Healthcare : The Role and Value of Mobile Operators in eHealth (pp. 1–23). London. Retrieved from

Francis, J., & Niehaus, M. (2006). Interference Between Cellular Telephones and Implantable Rhythm Devices: A Review on Recent Papers. Indian Pacing And Electrophysiology Journal, 6(4), 226–233. Retrieved from;

Free, C., Phillips, G., Felix, L., Galli, L., Patel, V., & Edwards, P. (2010). The effectiveness of M-health technologies for improving health and health services: a systematic review protocol. BMC Research Notes, 3(1), 250. doi:10.1186/1756-0500-3-250

Free, C., Phillips, G., Galli, L., Watson, L., Felix, L., Edwards, P., … Haines, A. (2013). The Effectiveness of Mobile-Health Technology-Based Health Behaviour Change or Disease Management Interventions for Health Care Consumers: A Systematic Review. PLoS Medicine, 10(1), e1001362. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001362

Hamilton, a D., & Brady, R. R. W. (2012). Medical professional involvement in smartphone “apps” in dermatology. The British Journal of Dermatology, 167(1), 220–1. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.10844.x

Hoffman, J. a, Cunningham, J. R., Suleh, A. J., Sundsmo, A., Dekker, D., Vago, F., … Hunt-Glassman, J. (2010). Mobile direct observation treatment for tuberculosis patients: a technical feasibility pilot using mobile phones in Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(1), 78–80. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.02.018

Kainz, W., Alesch, F., & Chan, D. D. (2003). Electromagnetic interference of GSM mobile phones with the implantable deep brain stimulator, ITREL-III. BioMedical Engineering Online, 2(1), 11. Retrieved from

Katz, R., Mesfin, T., & Barr, K. (2012). Lessons From a Community-Based mHealth Diabetes Self-Management Program: “It’s Not Just About the Cell Phone.” Journal of Health Communication, 16, 67–72.

Kharrazi, H., Chisholm, R., Vannasdale, D., & Thompson, B. (2012). Mobile personal health records: An evaluation of features and functionality. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81(9), 579–593. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2012.04.007

Kim, M. J., Park, J. M., Je, S. M., You, J. S., Park, Y. S., Chung, H. S., … Lee, H. S. (2012). Effects of a short text message reminder system on emergency department length of stay. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81(5), 296–302. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2012.01.001

Kim, S.-I., & Kim, H.-S. (2008). Effectiveness of mobile and internet intervention in patients with obese type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 77(6), 399–404. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2007.07.006

Lapinsky, S. E., & Easty, A. C. (2006). Electromagnetic interference in critical care. Journal of Critical Care, 21(3), 267–270. Retrieved from

Lawrentschuk, N., & Bolton, D. M. (2004). Mobile phone interference with medical equipment and its clinical relevance: a systematic review. The Medical Journal of Australia, 181(3), 145–149. Retrieved from

Lemay, N. V., Sullivan, T., Jumbe, B., & Perry, C. P. (2012). Reaching remote health workers in Malawi: baseline assessment of a pilot mHealth intervention. Journal of Health Communication, 17 Suppl 1(August 2012), 105–17. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649106

Mapham, W. (2008). Mobile Phones : Changing Health care one SMS at a time. Reproductive Health, 9(4), 11–16. Retrieved from

Mckenzie, F., Smith, R., & Strachan, H. (2010). National eHealth Programme Final Report Updated following comments from Name, (October).

Misiri, J., Kusumoto, F., & Goldschlager, N. (2012). Electromagnetic interference and implanted cardiac devices: the nonmedical environment (part I). Clinical Cardiology, 35(5), 276–80. doi:10.1002/clc.21998

Mitchell, M., Getchell, M., Nkaka, M., Msellemu, D., Van Esch, J., & Hedt-Gauthier, B. (2012, January). Perceived improvement in integrated management of childhood illness implementation through use of mobile technology: qualitative evidence from a pilot study in Tanzania. Journal of Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649105

Paré, G., Jaana, M., & Sicotte, C. (2012). Systematic review of home telemonitoring for chronic diseases: the evidence base. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 14(3), 269–77. doi:10.1197/jamia.M2270

Ramesh, J., Carter, a O., Campbell, M. H., Gibbons, N., Powlett, C., Moseley, H., … Carter, T. (2008). Use of mobile phones by medical staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados: evidence for both benefit and harm. The Journal of Hospital Infection, 70(2), 160–5. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2008.06.007

Richesson, R. L., & Andrews, J. E. (Eds.). (2012). Clinical Research Informatics. London: Springer London. doi:10.1007/978-1-84882-448-5

Röösli, M., Frei, P., Mohler, E., & Hug, K. (2010). Systematic review on the health effects of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from mobile phone base stations. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88(12), 887–896F. doi:10.2471/BLT.09.071852

Roux, P., Kouanfack, C., Cohen, J., Marcellin, F., Boyer, S., Delaporte, E., … Spire, B. (2011). Adherence to antiretroviral treatment in HIV-positive patients in the Cameroon context: promoting the use of medication reminder methods. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 57 Suppl 1(May 2006), S40–3. doi:10.1097/QAI.0b013e318222b5c2

Sherry, J. M., & Ratzan, S. C. (2012). Measurement and evaluation outcomes for mHealth communication: don’t we have an app for that? Journal of Health Communication, 17 Suppl 1(August), 1–3. doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.670563

Sikka, N., Carlin, K. N., Pines, J., Pirri, M., Strauss, R., & Rahimi, F. (2012, January). The use of mobile phones for acute wound care: attitudes and opinions of emergency department patients. Journal of Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649161

Strachan, H., Wallis, A., Coenen, A., Jansen, K., Hardiker, N., & Hoy, D. (2010a). National eHealth Programme DEVELOPING AN INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION FOR NURSING PRACTICE ( ICNP ® ) SUBSET FOR Details of Changes included in Update Name, (August).

Strachan, H., Wallis, A., Coenen, A., Jansen, K., Hardiker, N., & Hoy, D. (2010b). National eHealth Programme DEVELOPING AN INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION FOR NURSING PRACTICE ( ICNP ® ) SUBSET FOR Details of Changes included in Update Name, (August).

Tang, C., Chan, K., Fung, L., & Leung, S.-W. (2009). Electromagnetic Interference Immunity Testing of Medical Equipment to Second- and Third-GenerationMobile Phones. Ieee Transactions On Electromagnetic Compatibility, 51(3), 659–664.

Tang, C.-K. T. C.-K., Chan, K.-H. C. K.-H., Fung, L.-C. F. L.-C., & Leung, S.-W. L. S.-W. Electromagnetic Interference Immunity Testing of Medical Equipment to Second- and Third-Generation Mobile Phones. , 51 Ieee Transactions On Electromagnetic Compatibility 659–664 (2009). IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. doi:10.1109/TEMC.2009.2021524

Tekerekoǧlu, M. S., Duman, Y., Serindağ, A., Cuǧlan, S. S., Kaysadu, H., Tunc, E., & Yakupogullari, Y. (2011). Do mobile phones of patients, companions and visitors carry multidrug-resistant hospital pathogens? American Journal of Infection Control, 39(5), 379–81. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2010.10.026

Uhrig, J. D., Lewis, M. a, Bann, C. M., Harris, J. L., Furberg, R. D., Coomes, C. M., & Kuhns, L. M. (2012). Addressing HIV knowledge, risk reduction, social support, and patient involvement using SMS: results of a proof-of-concept study. Journal of Health Communication, 17 Suppl 1(August 2012), 128–45. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649156

Uloziene, I., Uloza, V., Gradauskiene, E., & Saferis, V. (2005). Assessment of potential effects of the electromagnetic fields of mobile phones on hearing. BMC Public Health, 5(1), 39. Retrieved from

Van Lieshout, E. J., Van Der Veer, S. N., Hensbroek, R., Korevaar, J. C., Vroom, M. B., & Schultz, M. J. (2007). Interference by new-generation mobile phones on critical care medical equipment. Critical Care, 11(5), R98. Retrieved from

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Wu, R. C., Morra, D., Quan, S., Lai, S., Zanjani, S., Abrams, H., & Rossos, P. G. (2010). The use of smartphones for clinical communication on internal medicine wards. Journal of Hospital Medicine : An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, 5(9), 553–9. doi:10.1002/jhm.775

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