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A Research on the Classification and Applicability of the Mobile Health Applications

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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6200-001 Covilhã, Portugal
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Computer Science Department, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
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Department of Computer Technology, Universidad de Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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R&D Unit in Digital Services, Applications, and Content, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, 6000-767 Castelo Branco, Portugal
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Altranportugal, 1990-096 Lisbon, Portugal
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Georgian Technical University, 0160 Tbilisi, Georgia
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J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm10010011
Received: 15 January 2020 / Revised: 28 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 27 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Use of Clinical Decision Support Software within Health Care Systems)
Mobile health applications are applied for different purposes. Healthcare professionals and other users can use this type of mobile applications for specific tasks, such as diagnosis, information, prevention, treatment, and communication. This paper presents an analysis of mobile health applications used by healthcare professionals and their patients. A secondary objective of this article is to evaluate the scientific validation of these mobile health applications and to verify if the results provided by these applications have an underlying sound scientific foundation. This study also analyzed literature references and the use of mobile health applications available in online application stores. In general, a large part of these mobile health applications provides information about scientific validation. However, some mobile health applications are not validated. Therefore, the main contribution of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the usability and user-perceived quality of mobile health applications and the challenges related to scientific validation of these mobile applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: diagnosis; diseases; healthcare professionals; mobile applications; mobile computing; mobile health; treatment diagnosis; diseases; healthcare professionals; mobile applications; mobile computing; mobile health; treatment
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Pires, I.M.; Marques, G.; Garcia, N.M.; Flórez-Revuelta, F.; Ponciano, V.; Oniani, S. A Research on the Classification and Applicability of the Mobile Health Applications. J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10, 11.

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