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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 1385034, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1385034
Research Article

Modeling Medical Services with Mobile Health Applications

School of Information Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Bing Liu; nc.ude.uzz@uilbei

Received 1 July 2017; Revised 11 October 2017; Accepted 4 February 2018; Published 10 April 2018

Academic Editor: Chase Wu

Copyright © 2018 Zhenfei Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The rapid development of mobile health technology (m-Health) provides unprecedented opportunities for improving health services. As the bridge between doctors and patients, mobile health applications enable patients to communicate with doctors through their smartphones, which is becoming more and more popular among people. To evaluate the influence of m-Health applications on the medical service market, we propose a medical service equilibrium model. The model can balance the supply of doctors and demand of patients and reflect possible options for both doctors and patients with or without m-Health applications in the medical service market. In the meantime, we analyze the behavior of patients and the activities of doctors to minimize patients’ full costs of healthcare and doctors’ futility. Then, we provide a resolution algorithm through mathematical reasoning. Lastly, based on artificially generated dataset, experiments are conducted to evaluate the medical services of m-Health applications.