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A mobile health technology workshop to evaluate available technologies and their potential use in pharmacy practice
  1. Aimon C Miranda1,
  2. Erini S Serag-Bolos1,
  3. Timothy Dy Aungst2,
  4. Rowshan Chowdhury1
  1. 1Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
  2. 2Department of Pharmacy Practice, MCPHS University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aimon C Miranda, Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research, University of South Florida, College of Pharmacy, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 30, Tampa, FL 33612, USA; amirand2{at}health.usf.edu

Abstract

The objectives of this workshop were to characterise the use of mobile health (mHealth) devices among second year pharmacy students, discover perception of their potential use in practice and obtain workshop feedback. The workshop consisted of two sessions. The first session introduced the concept of mHealth and allowed for hands-on experience with wireless mHealth devices such as blood pressure cuffs, scales and smart body analysers, personal health devices and glucometers. The second session consisted of a facilitated discussion and lecture that addressed these concepts. Students completed a preworkshop and postworkshop survey. 106 students completed the preworkshop survey and 96 students completed the postworkshop survey. 22% of the class owned an mHealth device and a majority of students reported increased knowledge of mobile health devices due to this simulation. The workshop was successful in introducing mHealth technology. The change in students’ perception that such devices could be useful in practice or easily incorporated could be due to technical difficulties and cost of the devices.

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