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Commercial Smartphone-Based Devices and Smart Applications for Personalized Healthcare Monitoring and Management

HSG-IMIT—Institut für Mikro-und Informationstechnik, Georges-Koehler-Allee 103, 79100 Freiburg, Germany
Laboratory for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) Applications, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, Georges-Koehler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
Sektion Experimentelle Anaesthesiologie, University Hospital Ulm, Albert Einstein Allee 23,89081 Ulm, Germany
Innovative Chromatography Group, Irish Separation Science Cluster (ISSC), Department of Chemistry and Analytical, Biological Chemistry Research Facility (ABCRF), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Diagnostics 2014, 4(3), 104-128;
Received: 25 June 2014 / Revised: 24 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 August 2014 / Published: 18 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue In Vitro Diagnostics)
Smartphone-based devices and applications (SBDAs) with cost effectiveness and remote sensing are the most promising and effective means of delivering mobile healthcare (mHealthcare). Several SBDAs have been commercialized for the personalized monitoring and/or management of basic physiological parameters, such as blood pressure, weight, body analysis, pulse rate, electrocardiograph, blood glucose, blood glucose saturation, sleeping and physical activity. With advances in Bluetooth technology, software, cloud computing and remote sensing, SBDAs provide real-time on-site analysis and telemedicine opportunities in remote areas. This scenario is of utmost importance for developing countries, where the number of smartphone users is about 70% of 6.8 billion cell phone subscribers worldwide with limited access to basic healthcare service. The technology platform facilitates patient-doctor communication and the patients to effectively manage and keep track of their medical conditions. Besides tremendous healthcare cost savings, SBDAs are very critical for the monitoring and effective management of emerging epidemics and food contamination outbreaks. The next decade will witness pioneering advances and increasing applications of SBDAs in this exponentially growing field of mHealthcare. This article provides a critical review of commercial SBDAs that are being widely used for personalized healthcare monitoring and management. View Full-Text
Keywords: smartphone; devices; smart applications; personalized healthcare; mobile healthcare smartphone; devices; smart applications; personalized healthcare; mobile healthcare
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Vashist, S.K.; Schneider, E.M.; Luong, J.H. Commercial Smartphone-Based Devices and Smart Applications for Personalized Healthcare Monitoring and Management. Diagnostics 2014, 4, 104-128.

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