e-Health Services in Supporting Pregnant Women
eHealth services include mHealth and eHealth services. mHealth stands for the use of mobile communication technologies such as mobile phones and PDAs for health services and information. eHealth stands for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices like computer, mobile phone and communication satellite for the health services and information. With the low cost handsets and the penetration of mobile network globally, persons who do not have access to local landline telephones are using mobile phones on a regular basis. Mobile eHealth services can be personalized because the data collected and the conditions receiving the services are personal to the individual user. Application of mobile technologies and information and communication technology (ICT) to the health sector is a recent phenomenon. Various studies in this arena tried to relate the quality of life of the pregnant women with mobile applications. Thus, mobile eHealth technology plays a vital role to enhance and support independent living of the pregnant women. Moreover, it is found that mobile eHealth services are made user friendly for the pregnant women. This paper is an attempt to show that mobile eHealth services are a perfect companion of the pregnant women in various stages of pregnancy. Thus, it assists them in independent living even while living in the remote areas. Therefore, the necessity to analyse the requirements of the pregnant women and their technological skills as user of the eHealth services arises before deployment of it.
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