Jean Bousquet, Ignacio J. Ansotegui, Josep M. Anto, Sylvie Arnavielhe, Claus Bachert, et al.
(2019) The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Mobile technology has spread rapidly around the globe. Over 5 billion people have mobile devices, with over half of which are smartphones. Mobile health (mHealth) is the use of information and communication technology for health services and information transfer. Internet-based applications and smart devices are already used in allergic rhinitis and may help to undress some unmet needs, including improving quality of life especially in those with asthma.
This study reviewed existing mHealth applications for allergic rhinitis with published studies, discussed applications that included risk factors of allergic rhinitis, examined its impact in phenotype discovery, provided real-word evidence and discussed mHealth tools that enable digital transformation.
WHO recognizes the significant role that digital technologies can play in strengthening the health systems in countries to achieve universal health coverage, the health-related Sustainable Development Goals and other health objectives. mHealth has the potential to profoundly impact healthcare as existing apps represent an important evolution of health and care for rhinitis. Real world evidence has identified patients’ behaviours and practices, and this will have a profound impact on current guidelines and care pathways. Allergic rhinitis is not a severe disease but it does have a major impact on social life, school and work productivity.