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G. Giunti, E. Guisado-Fernandez and B. Caulfield, "Connected Health in Multiple Sclerosis: A Mobile Applications Review," 2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), Thessaloniki, 2017, pp. 660-665. doi: 10.1109/CBMS.2017.27

Connected health in multiple sclerosis : a mobile applications review

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Author: Giunti, Guido1; Guisado-Fernandez, Estefania2; Caulfield, Brian2
Organizations: 1Salumedia Tecnologias, Seville, Spain
2University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-04-04


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that can adversely affect any body function; this often requires persons with MS to be active patients who are able to self-manage. There are currently thousands of health applications available but it is unknown how many concern MS. We conducted a systematic review of all MS apps present in the most popular app stores (iTunes and Google Play store) on June 2016 to identify all relevant MS apps. After discarding non-MS related apps and duplicates, only a total of 25 MS apps were identified. App description contents and features were explored to assess target audience, functionalities, and developing entities. The vast majority of apps were focused on disease and treatment information with disease management being a close second. This is the first study that reviews MS apps and it highlights an interesting gap in the current repertoire of MS mHealth resources.

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Series: Proceedings. IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
ISSN: 2372-918X
ISSN-E: 2372-9198
ISSN-L: 2372-918X
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1710-6
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-1711-3
Article number: 8104274
DOI: 10.1109/CBMS.2017.27
Host publication: 2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
Host publication editor: Bamidis, Panagiotis D.
Konstantinidis, Stathis Th.
Rodrigues, Pedro Pereira
Conference: International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
217 Medical engineering
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
318 Medical biotechnology
Funding: Guido Giunti and Estefania Guisado-Fernandez gratefully acknowledge the grant number 676201 for the Connected Health Early Stage researcher Support System (CHESS ITN) from the Horizon 2020 Framework Program of the European Commission.
EU Grant Number: (676201) CHESS - Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System
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