Methods to Measure the Impact of mHealth Applications: Preliminary Results of a Scoping Review

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Creators: Holl, Felix and Swoboda, Walter
Title: Methods to Measure the Impact of mHealth Applications: Preliminary Results of a Scoping Review
Item Type: Book Section
Projects: DigiHealth
Page Range: pp. 285-288
Date: July 2018
Divisions: Gesundheitsmanagement
Abstract: Important requirements for mHealth, the availability of devices and network connectivity have dramatically improved in the past years globally. mHealth applications are being developed at a rapid pace. But a thorough impact assessment is not routinely performed. We performed a scoping review to compile an overview of evaluation methods used to assess mHealth applications. Preliminary results are reported here, and a full scoping review is in preparation. Qualitative measurement of user experience is common. A number of studies measured the impact of the mHealth intervention on clinical outcomes. Few measured usability and end-user experience. Assessment of the impact on treatment process was rare and evaluations of cost and cost-effectiveness analyses are rarely ever done. An evaluation framework for mHealth interventions that includes disease-appropriate clinical outcome measures, use experience measure but also an economic component in form of cost comparison of the intervention with the standard of care should be developed.
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Holl, Felix and Swoboda, Walter (2018) Methods to Measure the Impact of mHealth Applications: Preliminary Results of a Scoping Review. In: Data, Informatics and Technology: An Inspiration for Improved Healthcare. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 251 . IOS Press, pp. 285-288. ISBN 978-1-61499-879-2 (print) | 978-1-61499-880-8 (online)

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