H_pe for mHealth: More "y" or "o" on the horizon?

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International Journal of Medical Informatics

Objective: Efforts in the domain of mobile health, or mHealth, have been criticized for the unfettered proliferation of pilots and a lack of a rigorous evidence base to support these strategies. In this letter, we present the response of a group of researchers in the mHealth community to the recent calls for evidence issued by global health and funding agencies. We support our conclusions through a summary of the numerous ongoing mHealth studies listed in the US federal clinical trial registry.


Methods: We conducted a search on the US federal clinicaltrials.gov database using the keywords "mHealth", "mobile" or "cell AND phone" to obtain 1678 results of studies. We manually inspected each result to check if it fit the purview of an mHealth study. Studies that were terminated or withdrawn prior to submission were excluded.

Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Chang LW, Mehl G. H_pe for mHealth: More "y" or "o" on the horizon." International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2013 Apr 11;82(5):467-9. PMCID: PMC3849805.

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • World Health Organization