Scoping Review of Healthcare Literature on Mobile, Wearable, and Textile Sensing Technology for Continuous Monitoring

Netzahualcoyotl Hernandez-Cruz, L. Castro, J. Medina-quero, J. Favela, L. Michan, W. Ben. Mortenson

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Remote monitoring of health can reduce frequent hospitalisations, diminishing the burden on the healthcare system and cost to the community. Patient monitoring helps identify symptoms associated with diseases or disease-driven disorders, which makes it an essential element of medical diagnoses, clinical interventions, and rehabilitation treatments for severe medical conditions. This monitoring can be expensive and time-consuming and provide an incomplete picture of the state of the patient. In the last decade, there has been a significant increase in the adoption of mobile and wearable devices, along with the introduction of smart textile solutions that offer the possibility of continuous monitoring. These alternatives fuel a technology shift in healthcare, one that involves the continuous tracking and monitoring of individuals. This scoping review examines how mobile, wearable, and textile sensing technology have been permeating healthcare by offering alternate solutions to challenging issues, such as personalised prescriptions or home-based secondary prevention. To do so, we have selected 222 healthcare literature articles published from 2007 to 2019 and reviewed them following the PRISMA process under the schema of a scoping review framework. Overall, our findings show a recent increase in research on mobile sensing technology to address patient monitoring, reflected by 128 articles published in journals and 19 articles in conference proceedings between 2014 and 2019, which represents 57.65% and 8.55% respectively of all included articles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-299
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Healthcare Informatics Research
Issue number3
Early online date1 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr Mortenson’s work was supported by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG part of Springer Nature.


  • Smartphones
  • Wearable devices
  • Textile technology
  • Continuous sensing
  • Remote monitoring


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