Published on February 23rd, 2009 | by Babar Bhatti0
MHealth Report Includes HealthLine Pakistan
The United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation have partnered to harness the power of mobile technology in support of United Nations programs across the globe. Since 2005 this £15 million Technology Partnership has funded the use of wireless communications to advance global health and disaster relief work, and to further public discourse about how wireless technology can address some of the world’s toughest challenges. In the latest report about mobiles for health development, the case study of HealthLine Pakistan, which I covered earlier, is included.
The potential to create a positive change is huge and I wish that Pakistan does more in this area.
This fourth publication, “mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World,” in our Access to Communications series evidences, through its research and selection of case studies, the potential of mHealth—the use of mobile communications (mobile phones and PDAs) for health services and information. This field has the potential to transform the approach to a variety of healthcare challenges in the developing world by accelerating the collection and storage of patient data, training rural professionals with health updates and guidance, and personalizing to new levels the process of patients receiving and engaging in available medical treatment.
Reference: mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World. Washington, D.C. and Berkshire, UK: UN Foundation-Vodafone Foundation Partnership, 2009.