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mHealth is used to describe the use of mobile communications technologies in medical and public health practice, including the delivery of health information, health services and healthy lifestyle support programmes. Mobile communications devices include mobile phones (these days generally smartphones such as iPhones or Android-based phones), tablet computers, mobile sensors and other devices that use cellular networks (3G or 4G), WiFi or Bluetooth. Specific functionality that mobile communications technology enables include text messaging (SMS), smartphone/tablet apps, mobile web browsing, video calling, MMS/pxt, and allowing the mobile use of technologies such as QR code scanning and GPS locating.

Examples of New Zealand mHealth programmes include STOMP, a text messaging smoking cessation support programme that was implemented as txt2quit by The Quit Group; FoodSwitch, a smartphone app to provide point-of-sale nutritional advice on foods and suggest healthier alternatives; and Listen Please, a clinical translation smartphone app for patients to communicate with clinicians in emergency/intensive care situation.