chapter  7
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Effectively Promoting Healthy Living and Behaviors through Mobile Phones

ByBree Holtz, Lorraine Buis

The prevalence of chronic disease (for example, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease) is increasing worldwide (G. Anderson 2010, CDC 2009, Wagner, Austin, Hindmarsh, Schaefer and Bonomi 2001, Wu and Green 2000). As the number of people living with one or more chronic diseases climbs, the healthcare system is forced to re-conceptualize the ways in which healthcare and health education are delivered to patients. Because the number of mobile phones in use is increasing they may offer a potential solution for helping people manage these chronic illnesses and provide opportunities to promote healthy living. The use of mobile phones and other mobile computing devices for health service delivery is known as mHealth (Mechael et al. 2010).