Article published by : Itobuz on Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Category : General Health

Coronavirus Pandemic Has Increased The Importance Of Mobile Health Apps

In recent years, intellectual standards have increased considerably with the significant development of the Vietnamese economy. According to data from The World Bank, the annual percentage of Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Vietnam has never been below 4% from 2009 to 2019. Moreover, Vietnam’s GDP per capita is rising continuously and strikingly each year. As citizens’ incomes and intellectual standards have improved, people are focusing more on their well-being. Furthermore, with around 61.37 million smartphone users by May 2021 and approximately 68.7% of the country’s residents having access to the Internet in 2019 numerous impediments to Vietnamese’ intention to improve their quality of life have been generally removed. From the researchers’ speculation, there might be an increase in the number of Vietnamese citizens who are ready to acquire new technologies to make life safer and more convenient.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the country first applied effective measures with strict procedures to tackle this novel virus, however, since the arrival of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, several cities in Vietnam have had to enter rigorous social distancing periods. Therefore, it is challenging for residents to go to doctors and receive direct medical care at hospitals as people are afraid of spreading the disease or being infected by the virus. In addition, Vietnam’s healthcare system has been suffering from COVID-19 and has become overloaded. Numerous doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff are required to concentrate on the treatment of COVID-19 patients, which also means that other minor diseases might be placed under the priority list.

Coronavirus, (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease and it has spread to over 200 countries across the globe. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the world is reliant on public health and social measures to reduce the rate of community transmission of COVID-19. In this alarming situation, mHealth applications are an appropriate method to encounter the pandemic and deal with this crisis.

Of the 2046 papers identified, 16 were included in this study. M-health had been used for various aims such as early detection, fast screening, patient monitoring, information sharing, education, and treatment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. M-health solutions were classified into four use case categories: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and protection. The mobile phone-based app and short text massaging were the most frequently used modalities, followed by wearables, portable screening devices, mobile telehealth, and continuous telemetry monitoring during the pandemics.

These include the ability to:

1. Contact tracing and mapping of COVID-19 cases.

2. Self-testing.

3. Symptom Monitoring.

4. Quarantine monitoring.

5. Online doctor consultation and get emergency aid.

6. Enhance physician efficiency.

7. Medication regimen adherence.

8. Access lab test results.

9. Preventing the spread of infection.

10. Increasing awareness of COVID-19.

11. Managing exposure to COVID-19.

12. Real-time healthcare information dissemination.

13. Population Health Management.

Thus, it offers to improve social distancing without sacrificing the continuity of care. Not surprisingly, mHealth mobile apps have become an inevitable part of interactions and communications during this pandemic situation.


Keywords: mHealth, mobile phone-based app, mobile telehealth

By: Itobuz

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