The health sector in India is rapidly harnessing the power of technologies to streamline and enhance the quality of its maternal and child health services.
Hesperian Health Guides staff describe how they adapted print-based health information sources to use on mobile technology.
A mHealth report from Advanced Development for Africa offers recommendations for taking mHealth programs to scale based on nine case studies.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog response to a New York Times article on doctors distracted from their jobs by mobile technology.
Last week, the New York Times published “As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows,” which offers a critical look at the place of mobile technology and computers in the hospital.
The Uganda Capacity Program has launched an SMS service to enable patients to verify that a clinic/medical professional is registered and licensed.
The New York Times has recently published a series on “Small Fixes: Low-cost innovations that can save thousands of lives.”
CapacityPlus is developing a crowdsourcing application and exploring pilot sites in several countries. This will allow the general public with any mobile telephone—with simple SMS texting capability—to report on the presence or absence of health workers, patient waiting times, or other selected quality or productivity indicators at any given clinic at any point in time.
Health workers in Ghana, Malawi, and other countries are using their phones to photograph physical symptoms. This is just one mHealth example.
mHealth programs have to focus on what the consumer or health worker wants as well as what the public health system needs.