Achieving the potential of mHealth in medicine requires challenging the ethos of care delivery

John P. Ratanawong, John A. Naslund, Jude P. Mikal, Stuart W. Grande

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Mobile Health (mHealth) interventions have received a mix of praise and excitement, as well as caution and even opposition over recent decades. While the rapid adoption of mHealth solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic has weakened resistance to integrating these digital approaches into practice and generated renewed interest, the increased reliance on mHealth signals a need for optimizing development and implementation. Despite an historically innovation-resistant medical ethos, mHealth is becoming a normalized supplement to clinical practice, highlighting increased demand. Reaching the full potential of mHealth requires new thinking and investment. The current challenge to broaden mHealth adoption and to ensure equity in access may be overcoming a design purgatory, where innovation fails to connect to practice. We recommend leveraging the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to disrupt routine practice and with a new focus on theory-driven replicability of mHealth tools and strategies aimed at medical education and professional organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere18
JournalPrimary Health Care Research and Development
StatePublished - Mar 22 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:


  • implementation
  • innovation culture
  • mHealth
  • medical ethos
  • mobile health applications
  • COVID-19
  • Pandemics
  • Telemedicine
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans

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  • Journal Article


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