Mobile Information and Communication Technology Use in Secondary Prevention for Cardiovascular Patients: A Systematic Review

Researcher: Dr Sandy Hamilton

This review aims to investigate and identify the healthcare applications that could be utilised as mobile information and communication technology (ICT) for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention (CRSP) in rural, remote and Indigenous populations.

Mobile health (mHealth) is a component of electronic Health (eHealth). mHealth has been broadly defined as “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices”. mHealth utilizes a variety of applications including mobile phones, smartphones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other wireless devices.

mHealth utilising ICTs is a developing and innovative method of service delivery for CRSP and may have the potential to overcome access barriers for patients living in rural and remote settings. However, there is a paucity of evidence for the adaptability and effectiveness of these programs in rural, remote and Indigenous patients and further research is required.

A research focuses on a systematic review of international and Australian peer reviewed publications from Jan 2000 to May 2015.


To identify what mobile ICTs (mobile and smart phones) have been utilized in CRSP.

To assess the service and patient outcomes when mobile ICTs are utilized in CRSP.

To assess the adaptability of mobile ICTs for use in rural, remote and Indigenous populations.

To examine the cost effectiveness of the utilization of ICT in CRSP.








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