mHealth education

Report
GSMA mHa
Mobile Health Summit
Cape Town, June 6-9
• First global event dedicated to mHealth education
• Sessions focused on
– How mHealth education is being rolled out in the field
– How mobile technology can address the health skills
gap
– Who will pay for health education
• Included speakers from Text to Change, Praekelt
Foundation, Grameen Foundation, UNICEF, etc.
• Coincided with distribution of new report on
mHealth education with five case studies and a
compendium of 23 mHealth Ed initiatives
Conference Sessions:
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State of the Industry
Health in a Connected World: Prevention, Treatment & Cure
Delivering an mHealth Ecosystem
Who Pays the Bill?
eHealth & mHealth Architecture
Examining User Confidence
Capacity Building
Dealing with Chronic Disease
Continuum of Care: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
Presenters
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Health Industry (United Healthcare, Sanofi Aventis)
Consulting Companies (McKinsey, Vital Wave)
Mobile Operators (MTN, Telecom Italia)
Developers (D-Tree, Cell Life, Medic Mobile)
NGOs (World Vision, UNICEF)
Government (Philippine Dept. of Health, South Afr. govt.)
Entrepreneurs (Changamka MicroHealth, Sproxil)
Donors/UN (WHO, Clinton Health Access Initiative)
Industry (Qualcomm, Ericcson, Microsoft, Pfizer)
Academia (Columbia University, JHU)
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http://www.who.int/goe/publications/goe_mhealth_web.pdf
First time WHO Global Observatory for eHealth
surveyed members on mHealth
Survey completed by 114 countries
Documents adoption of initiatives, types of
initiatives, status of evaluation & barriers to
implementation
Surveyed 14 categories of mHealth services
including:
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health call centers
emergency toll-free telephone services
managing emergencies and disasters
mobile telemedicine
appointment reminders
community mobilization & health promotion
treatment compliance
mobile patient records
information access
patient monitoring
health surveys and data collection
Surveillance
health awareness raising
decision support systems
Presenters
Observations from Piers
• Fewer “pilot/project” presentations; more TelCo/Insurance Co
participation (follows trend of Washington mHealth Summits)
• Most interesting low-bandwidth innovation was SimApps
presentation from Medic Mobile.
• mHealth “ecosystem” picture, though fragmented, coming more into
focus.
• Working with TelCos in country may work best by pooling demand
among projects.
• Remaining uncertainties include where governments will get involved,
and what they see as their role.
• Demand for/interest in mHealth Toolkit, and resources therein,
remains high – and awareness of the Toolkit and the working group
was fairly good as well.
Observations from Marasi
• Develop applications within a the context of a country’s eHealth
strategy
• Interoperability and standardization of mHealth systems will enable
their scalability
• Integrate monitoring and evaluation in mHealth activities to
determine if desired impact is being achieved
• For sustainability and sound business models – create value chains
• Increase the role of health professionals in the design,
implementation and monitoring of mHealth systems
• Empowering community health workers will be instrumental in
achieving MDG 4 & 5

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