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Scientists looking for innovative ways to deliver healthcare have long searched for mechanisms that can enable the right intervention to be delivered at the right time. Traditional delivery mechanisms have been limited both to the availability of a provider (e.g., a physician) and the location of care (e.g., a hospital or outpatient clinic). In recent years, however, numerous technological advancements—including wearable devices, mobile technologies, and the widespread development and use of user-friendly smartphone applications—have resulted in significant changes in how care is delivered. For example, mobile Health (mHealth) technologies are now commonly used to deliver interventions in a self-service and personalized manner, reducing the demands on providers and lifting limitations on the locations in which care can be delivered.


Saghafian, Soroush, and Susan A. Murphy. "Innovative Healthcare Delivery: The Scientific and Regulatory Challenges in Designing mHealth Interventions." National Academy of Medicine (August 2021).