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Fifteen minute consultation: When can I use a medical app?
  1. Gala Rowe-Setz1,
  2. Wilhelm Behringer2,
  3. Damian Roland3,4,
  4. Mark D Lyttle5,6,
  5. Haiko Kurt Jahn2,7
  1. 1Children's Emergency Department, The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, 274 Grosvenor Rd, Belfast BT12 6BA, Northern Ireland, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine, Center of Emergency Medicine, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany
  3. 3Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  4. 4Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, Leicester Hospitals, Leicester, England
  5. 5Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  6. 6Academic Department of Emergency Care, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  7. 7Children's Emergency Department, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Haiko Kurt Jahn, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Jena 07743, Thüringen, Germany; haiko.jahn{at}


Advances in mobile device technology and internet connectivity have created powerful new mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine capabilities. The guidelines regarding mHealth use in the clinical environment can be conflicting, which has resulted in some reluctance by institutions and medical staff to fully embrace these advances due to privacy and patient confidentiality concerns among others. The COVID-19 response has led to departments to reconfigurate care and revisit mHealth as a tool to allow social distancing and remote care. This article reviews mHealth guidance in practice and describes its use and interpretation as rapid decision-making aid and in telehealth.

  • information technology
  • resuscitation
  • technology

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  • Contributors GR-S: idea, drafting of the manuscript. WB and MDL: review. DR: drafting of the manuscript, review. HKJ: idea, case, drafting of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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