Johns Hopkins mHealth Report Shows Technology’s Impact in Developing Countries
October 20th, 2014
Posted by Caroline Popper, M.D., M.P.H.
My friend Alain Labrique, director of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Global mHealth Initiative, recently issued the initiative’s 2014 Annual Report, and I’m not at all embarrassed to share my initial response upon opening it:
From its work with Maiti Nepal to use mobile technology to prevent human trafficking; to improving maternal health by providing remote education, advice and services; to collaborating with policy leaders in South Asia to enable evidence-based mhealth innovations – all 130 projects supported by the initiative are inspiring. The JHU report provides proof that digital and mobile technologies can indeed help resolve what had been seen as intractable health problems, in resource-constrained countries. For infectious disease, nutrition, and social issues that are enormous problems in the developing world, digital tools can enable fundamental epidemiology research, and begin to overcome persistent problems of unequal access to healthcare.
Access to information and cheap, powerful technology—originally pioneered in other industries—can change health care globally (some health solutions in developing countries can even be leveraged in the developed world). Read this report to learn, first hand from a true pioneer, how this convergence is happening now.
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