The past few years the borders between mobile phones, pads, tablets, laptops, convertibles, smart phones, ereaders, desktops +++ has been blurred, and it is now a continuum where devices no longer can be properly categorized.
For a long time mHealth has been a hyped field and viewed as the big solver of almost every problem in the health domain.
Mobile specific solutions have popped up in all kinds of domains, contexts and vertical domains, it is just like the influx of NGO causing chaos.
The focus on mobile has in many cases led to new silos and interoperability, standardization and vendor or hardware lock-in.
I think we are now at a stage where we no longer should view mHealth as a specific domain - it should no longer be about the devices, but that services can work across the continuum of devices - the users should manage to do their work with what is available - not what is supported by some solution for some purpose.
With today's continuum of devices and services, I believe we should talk about xHealth instead of the myriads of specialized fields including mHealth, eHealth, +++.
xHealth can possibly be defined as devices and services for patients and health service providers and implementations of interoperable standards used with the aim of improving health of a given population (globally, nationally etc. or individually).
Hope to have a lively discussion on whether changing focus to e.g. xHealth could help us all focus on the importance on the services and not on the actual devices used to provide support for those services.
What do you think about the idea of xHealth as a merged concept of mHealth and eHealth (plus other variants of _Health) ?
Have a great weekend!