Review Article| Volume 79, ISSUE 4, P381-388, December 2014

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Using mobile phones in healthcare management for the elderly

  • Hun-Sung Kim
    Department of Medical Informatics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Kye-Hwa Lee
    Division of Biomedical Informatics, Systems Biomedical Informatics Research Centre, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Hyunah Kim
    College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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  • Ju Han Kim
    Corresponding author at: Division of Biomedical Informatics, Systems Biomedical Informatics Research Center Seoul National University College of Medicine, 103 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-799, Republic of Korea. Tel.: +82 2 740 8320.
    Division of Biomedical Informatics, Systems Biomedical Informatics Research Centre, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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Published:September 06, 2014DOI:


      The increasing average life expectancy is simultaneously increasing the incidence of chronic diseases and the number of healthy elderly people, consequently leading to an increased demand for healthcare management methods that do not involve hospital visits. The development of health management services involving mobile phones will change the focus of medical services from hospital visits and treatments to managing the health decisions made by individuals in their daily lives. However, the elderly may experience specific difficulties in adapting to constantly evolving services.
      This study reviews various health-related devices such as mobile phones that are available for providing healthcare to the elderly, and the different ways of using them. As the use of mobile phone increases, it is expected that elderly mobile phone users will also be able to regularly check their health status at any time and place.
      The issues of an ageing population pertain to the entire society rather than only to the elderly, which make mobile-phone-based medical informatics as a health management service a worthy goal.



      CPBMI (mobile-phone-based medical informatics), IT (information technology), CDSS (clinical decision support system), ECG (electrocardiography)
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