Connected Health in Multiple Sclerosis: A Mobile Applications Review

Guido Giunti, Estefania Guisado-Fernandez, Brian Caulfield

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that can adversely affect any body function; this often requires persons with MS to be active patients who are able to self-manage. There are currently thousands of health applications available but it is unknown how many concern MS. We conducted a systematic review of all MS apps present in the most popular app stores (iTunes and Google Play store) on June 2016 to identify all relevant MS apps. After discarding non-MS related apps and duplicates, only a total of 25 MS apps were identified. App description contents and features were explored to assess target audience, functionalities, and developing entities. The vast majority of apps were focused on disease and treatment information with disease management being a close second. This is the first study that reviews MS apps and it highlights an interesting gap in the current repertoire of MS mHealth resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017
EditorsPanagiotis D. Bamidis, Stathis Th. Konstantinidis, Pedro Pereira Rodrigues
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538617106
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017
Event30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201724 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
ISSN (Print)1063-7125


Conference30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENT Guido Giunti and Estefania Guisado-Fernandez gratefully acknowledge the grant number 676201 for the Connected Health Early Stage researcher Support System (CHESS ITN) from the Horizon 2020 Framework Program of the European Commission.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • health apps
  • mHealth
  • mobile applications
  • multiple sclerosis
  • systematic review


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