Mobile Technology and Health, mHealth

December 8th, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

One of the areas that’s quickly taking off is the intersection of mobile technology and health, or “mHealth.” Despite the cringe-worthy lower case-m before words, I find a lot going on here is really compelling.

For example, this blog post, has some terrific, short videos from the recent mHealth Summit.  The concept with the videos is a little like Story Corps.  James BonTempo and Linda Raftree (supported by Plan International USA and MCHIP via USAID) co-hosted the “mHealth Reality Booth,” which they hoped would offer some mHealth practitioner insights from folks working on the ground and implementing mHealth programs in some of the less cushy environments.

I sort of love this insight (#7):  “If your paper form is crap, your mobile data collection form will also be crap.”

Yes, indeed. Just making something a “mobile app” doesn’t auto-magically make it valuable.

Responses

  1. Asif Patel says:

    December 9th, 2011 at 8:06 pm (#)

    There’s literacy, and then there’s ‘mobile phone literacy’. Both are important.

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