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Exploring the potential of mobile phones in health care in developing countries: a review of existing literature

Venkataraghavan, Manjula Exploring the potential of mobile phones in health care in developing countries: a review of existing literature. In: International Conference on Media and Communication ​: ​​Prospects and Challenges, 2016,OCTOBER 6-7, Smbiosis, PUNE. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Connected health or mHealth (the adoption of mobiles for collecting and sharing health information between providers & patients) is a fast growing trend that’s visible in almost all parts of the world. This phenomenon is of special significance to the developing countries, as it could mean better access to life saving and life changing health information and services for the poorer sections of these countries. Studies have been conducted to understand the role, efficiency and efficacy that mobile technology has brought in to the healthcare profession and to its practitioners ranging from doctors, nurses, medical students, patients (empowerment) to community health workers. In the context of developing countries, studies indicate that mobile phones provide the much required support to community health workers (Strachan D.L. et al ,2012) which in turn could affect their motivation, retention as well as improve the effectiveness of community health programs (Bhattacharya, Winch P, LeBan K &Tien M. 2001) .This is of great significance as this could be technology that could be the solution to the acute human resource problem in the medical sector faced by developing nations including India This paper is based on a review of existing literature to determine the changes that connected health or mHealth could bring to the quality of health care delivery in developing countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Connected health, Community Health Workers, Healthcare, mhealth, Mobile technology
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 14:19
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148348

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