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Chapter 18 - Bringing Smartphone Technology into Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychiatry

from Section 5 - Technologies Old and New

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2022

Sarah Huline-Dickens
Mount Gould Hospital, Plymouth
Patricia Casey
Hermitage Medical Clinic, Dublin
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Over the past decade, there have been massive developments in web-based and internet technologies, along with the introduction of smartphones. Smartphones represent a new generation of mobile technology that has fundamentally changed telecommunications (Abboudi and Amin 2011). They are equipped with immense computing capabilities that allow constant access to the internet and they enable more than just voice- and text-based communication. Smartphones are generally regarded as handheld computers rather than merely mobile telephones (Abboudi and Amin 2011). The release of Apple’s iPhone in 2007 most likely sparked a revolution in the telecommunications and information technology arena. The launch of the Apple App Store in July 2008 is also regarded as a pivotal moment in the advancement of smartphone technologies (Payne et al. 2012). The store enables users to download smartphone-based applications (apps) – computer programs that give smartphones capabilities and functions beyond accessing the internet.

Clinical Topics in Teaching Psychiatry
A Guide for Clinicians
, pp. 212 - 221
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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