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mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases

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A Non-Communicable Disease is a non-infectious health condition that can last for a long period but cannot spread from one person to another. Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Cancer, and other Chronic Respiratory Diseases are categorized as Non-Communicable Diseases. In recent years, these diseases have become a great epidemic of our times, due to the increase of aging populations, changes in lifestyles, urbanization, and globalization. To overcome these epidemic situations in Non-Communicable Diseases, it requires a huge determination by adopting a continuously healthy lifestyle to prevent it. To mitigate this terrible epidemic, productive lives should be continuously monitored with healthy public guidelines and lifestyles. These unique challenges should be addressed more efficiently with more cost-effective techniques and also with the assistance of widely acceptable technology.

Mobile Health (mHealth) is a practice carried with the support of smartphones, patient monitoring applications, and other wireless devices for various medical and public health conditions. The face of health service delivery across the globe can be transformed by the use of smartphones and smart wireless technologies. Moreover, Mobile Health is the next wave of technology that will create a positive reaction among the patients, where it not only provides information about patient-reported outcomes but also helps in tracking a patient's behavior, symptoms, and what they're experiencing on a real-time basis. This can help in monitoring our lifestyle continuously by maintaining a healthy diet and assisting patients in managing any Non-Communicable Disease. This will also help clinicians to track patient symptoms and improve their experience. However, challenges related to the sharing of sensitive information of patients makes this effective platform risky in certain situations. Constituting effective guidelines and policies by governmental organizations regarding digital intervention shall enhance the future of mobile-based healthcare services.This special issue on “The Utilization of mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases”invites research papers addressing the importance of mHealth and any of its various applications in the prevention, monitoring, and management of any Non-Communicable Disease.

The list of topics that are relevant includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Current Possibilities of mHealth in the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
• Evidence of successful use of mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases from developed countries
• Recent direct and indirect applications used for monitoring patients using mHealth
• A systematic review of recent advances in mHealth techniques
• Challenges in mHealth for diagnostic and treatment support of Non-Communicable Diseases
• Scope of mobile phone platforms for providing mHealth in developing countries
• A review on mHealth for remote medical care access and establish a network of clinics
• Operational issues and implementation barriers in mHealth
• Future trends of mHealth for health promotion and reducing risks in patients
• Mobile Health for early detection and prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases affected patients
• Limitations and drawbacks of mobile health technology use in preventive healthcare


Keywords: mHealth, non-communicable diseases, Electronic Health Record, Public Health, Smartphone


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

A Non-Communicable Disease is a non-infectious health condition that can last for a long period but cannot spread from one person to another. Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Cancer, and other Chronic Respiratory Diseases are categorized as Non-Communicable Diseases. In recent years, these diseases have become a great epidemic of our times, due to the increase of aging populations, changes in lifestyles, urbanization, and globalization. To overcome these epidemic situations in Non-Communicable Diseases, it requires a huge determination by adopting a continuously healthy lifestyle to prevent it. To mitigate this terrible epidemic, productive lives should be continuously monitored with healthy public guidelines and lifestyles. These unique challenges should be addressed more efficiently with more cost-effective techniques and also with the assistance of widely acceptable technology.

Mobile Health (mHealth) is a practice carried with the support of smartphones, patient monitoring applications, and other wireless devices for various medical and public health conditions. The face of health service delivery across the globe can be transformed by the use of smartphones and smart wireless technologies. Moreover, Mobile Health is the next wave of technology that will create a positive reaction among the patients, where it not only provides information about patient-reported outcomes but also helps in tracking a patient's behavior, symptoms, and what they're experiencing on a real-time basis. This can help in monitoring our lifestyle continuously by maintaining a healthy diet and assisting patients in managing any Non-Communicable Disease. This will also help clinicians to track patient symptoms and improve their experience. However, challenges related to the sharing of sensitive information of patients makes this effective platform risky in certain situations. Constituting effective guidelines and policies by governmental organizations regarding digital intervention shall enhance the future of mobile-based healthcare services.This special issue on “The Utilization of mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases”invites research papers addressing the importance of mHealth and any of its various applications in the prevention, monitoring, and management of any Non-Communicable Disease.

The list of topics that are relevant includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Current Possibilities of mHealth in the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
• Evidence of successful use of mHealth for Non-Communicable Diseases from developed countries
• Recent direct and indirect applications used for monitoring patients using mHealth
• A systematic review of recent advances in mHealth techniques
• Challenges in mHealth for diagnostic and treatment support of Non-Communicable Diseases
• Scope of mobile phone platforms for providing mHealth in developing countries
• A review on mHealth for remote medical care access and establish a network of clinics
• Operational issues and implementation barriers in mHealth
• Future trends of mHealth for health promotion and reducing risks in patients
• Mobile Health for early detection and prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases affected patients
• Limitations and drawbacks of mobile health technology use in preventive healthcare


Keywords: mHealth, non-communicable diseases, Electronic Health Record, Public Health, Smartphone


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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17 July 2020 Abstract
14 November 2020 Manuscript

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