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Mobile Heath for Developing Regions

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.

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Comment by Lucie Smith on June 9, 2011 at 5:49am
To update on this, a recent study by the WHO shows that 8 out of 10 countries are using mobile health:
Comment by Lucie Smith on April 14, 2011 at 8:49am
I guess we're lucky enough to have the choice. If it was mobile consult or nothing, I don't think we'd be so picky!
Comment by Ann-Marie Gannon on April 8, 2011 at 11:55am
I agree with Shannon, it's great to see this type of technology helping those that need it, but I have to say I'm with 85% of Americans, I'd like to see my GP face-to-face.
Comment by Shannon on April 7, 2011 at 7:33am
Definetely interesting progress. Especially when you think of how remote many areas of Africa and with healthcare professionals at a premium. It might not make sense everywhere, but it is great use of the technology for areas that need it.

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