mHealth in action

Posted on Mon, Jun 07, 2010 – 05:15 am at |

Recently Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame made good on a promise and over 2,200 health workers received free phones in hopes of improving health services delivery.

In Kenya, NPO Text to Change and the telecommunications company Zain are using SMS mobile quizzes to keep Zain’s employees informed about the latest HIV/AIDS information.

Booz & Company’s Chris Bartlett, Klaus Boehncke, Andrew Johnstone-Burt, and Vanessa Wallace attempt the customization of the Booz E-Health Investment Model for Australia in Optimising E-Health Value Using an Investment Model to Build a Foundation for Program Success. Their abstract reads:

“Electronic health (e-health) initiatives that apply information technology to the delivery of healthcare services for patients and management of clinical information are an essential weapon in the battle against the rising costs and other systemic problems in healthcare. A customisable investment model can help guide policymakers as they seek to define, implement, and gain acceptance of viable e-health programs.”

They make the point that “Costs and benefits are often misaligned in healthcare: Stakeholders that are required to invest significant resources in e-health may only reap a smaller portion of apparent benefits, and those with the most to gain may incur fewer costs.”

The Policy White Paper: Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries by the Center for Global Health, Economic Development, the Earth Institute, Columbia University and the mHealth Alliance was released in May.

The 2010 mHealth Summit seeks abstracts from the public and private sectors to highlight ground-breaking health research, information and communication technologies, systems architecture and global partnerships that leverage mobile technology to improve global health outcomes. This year’s submission deadline is July 1, 2010.