Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
The huge increase in mobile users in Africa has opened new avenues for healthcare. As reported by The Independent this weekend, phones and texts are increasingly being used on the continent to remind of appointments, medication and test results.
I’ve previously written about resistance in the UK to phone and email consulting. In contrast, patients and professionals alike in some African countries are welcoming this development with open arms, as an opportunity to improve medical services, particularly in relation to chronic illnesses like AIDs.
Whilst I understand reluctance amongst some medical professionals to consult remotely, it’s great to see the positive impact technology can have on healthcare, especially in some of the regions where it’s needed the most.