Can mhealth solutions improve health service delivery in Kenya

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The application of mobile technologies, ‘Mobile Health’ (mHealth), in the healthcare industry is increasingly seen as a way to provide high quality and easily accessible  healthcare services at lower costs hence improving the health outcomes . In regions where basic access to healthcare is a challenge, mHealth can provide remarkable opportunities.

According to GSMA’s report on Mobile Technology’s promise for Healthcare, mHealth can deliver a number of important advantages. These advantages fall into 3 main categories;

  • Better communication with patients – Mobile communications can greatly increase public awareness of health issues. Simple programs like SMS reminders for patients taking medication on a regular basis have shown dramatic improvements in compliance with treatment programmes.
  • Improved care and treatment; Mobile healthcare initiatives can provide for better overall care outcomes. In terms of overall disease management, remote monitoring can play a significant role in data collection and early warning systems, which are particularly critical for patients with chronic diseases such as heart conditions and diabetes
  • Broader benefits to society. Finally, not only will patients benefit from improved access to information, better care and treatment and improved communication, but mHealth will translate into broader benefits to society. These broader benefits could include; (i) improved life expectancy (ii) quicker diagnostics of potential epidemics and management of associated risk (iii) better insight into the causes of certain diseases, (iv) greater and quicker information sharing to identify appropriate treatments and (v) reduced absences from work. In summary we can create a smarter, healthier society.
  • m:lab East Africa will host one of its frequent meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth on 1st October 2014. The meetup is themed:  “Can mhealth solutions improve health service delivery in Kenya?.” The meetup is a two hour mobile for Health forum where mobile app developers meet industry practitioners to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges in the health sector and how the challenges could be addressed through mobile phone technology.Specifics of the event;

    Date: 1st October 2014

    Venue: m:Lab East Africa’s offices (3rd Floor, Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road)

    Time: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm

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