The world has been changed by mobile technology, and the field of healthcare is no exception in this. Healthcare has moved on and is continuing to change because of the increasing ability to use mobile devices in the field.
One of the most overriding benefits is giving people in developing countries better access to information through their mobiles. The use of mobile phones in developing countries is very large, never before have the poorest parts of the world been so accessible in this way.
There is an improved ability for mobile applications to allow people to diagnose diseases via their mobiles and access information and education, health and treatment. One of the best ways that mobile devices can benefit the populations of developing countries is through education.
The field of mobile health doesn’t just allow people to improve their own health and access information but it also enables healthcare and other authorities to gather data about healthcare problems, as well as political and environmental issues. Data may have been far more difficult to gather on these subjects in particular locations in the past.
There are numerous discussions and conferences around how mobile technology can be utilised in this area and how it can be so useful to the populations of developing countries. One of the key questions is how do we use this technology to improve people’s lives and life expectancies across the developing world.
Technology is at our fingertips and we can do so much with it, it is now just a case of organising that technology so it can be of great benefit to people whose lives could be improved by its use.
Two way communication
Communication with people in poor rural areas in a two way dialogue, via SMS or voice can transform the reach of education and resources. Just being able to provide useful information to people at risk in rural areas is a real step forward.
This information isn’t solely restricted to mobile phones or smartphones. Other devices such as laptops or tablets are being developed that are at a price point that can be affordable in developing countries.
As technology develops and mobile health strategies advance, there is an opportunity to improve lives.