Performance Assessment of mHealth Apps

Gerson Rodriguez, Devasena Inupakutika, Sahak Kaghyan, David Akopian, Palden Lama, Patricia Chalela, Amelie G. Ramirez

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Abstract

Mobile Health (mHealth) apps are being widely used to monitor the health of patients with chronic medical conditions with the proliferation and the increasing use of smartphones. Mobile devices have limited computation power and energy supply which may lead to either delayed alarms, shorter battery life or excessive memory usage limiting their ability to execute resource-intensive functionality and inhibit proper medical monitoring. This paper presents a methodology for measurement-based performance assessment of cloud backend and mobile networks that support mHealth services. The methodology targets the assessment of a prototype mHealth app developed for breast cancer patients undergoing Endocrine Hormone Therapy (EHT). It models third-party cloud backend services to examine the performance in a representative testing scenario for end-users accessing the app. Experimental results are reported and compared for native Android and iOS implementations. The analysis further reflects the impact of the network and device battery conditions on response times and end-user quality of experience. The contribution of this work is twofold: (a) First, it presents a performance methodology and analysis of a fully functional medication adherence management mHealth app implemented on major duopoly of mobile platforms (android and iOS) and (b) Second, based on the performance analysis, conclusions are drawn that serve as the recommendation pathway for the development of similar medical reference mobile apps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728147161
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2020 - Austin, United States
Duration: Mar 23 2020Mar 27 2020

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2020
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period3/23/203/27/20

Keywords

  • cloud services
  • mobile applications
  • performance
  • smartphones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Instrumentation

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