The Advance Of mHealth

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  • The Advance Of mHealth

    1. The Advance of mHealth The Application of Mobile Technology in Public Health
    2. <ul><li>“ The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” </li></ul><ul><li>~John Naisbitt </li></ul>
    3. <ul><li>“ We're changing the </li></ul><ul><li>world with technology.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Bill Gates </li></ul>
    4. <ul><li>The cell phone went from the device that was the fourth “hardest to do without” in 2002 to the number one slot in 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mobile Access to Data and Information”, Pew Internet Project </li></ul>
    5. Here Comes Mobile <ul><li>Thirty-nine percent of Americans have positive and improving attitudes about their mobile communication devices, which in turn draws them further into engagement with digital resources – on both wireless and wireline platforms. </li></ul><ul><li>” The Mobile Difference”, Pew Internet Project </li></ul>
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    7. Short SMS Stats
    8. <ul><li>270+ million </li></ul><ul><li>wireless subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: CTIA </li></ul>
    9. <ul><li>Wireless only households increased from 8.4% (2005) to 17.5% (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Source: CTIA </li></ul>
    10. <ul><li>One trillion text messages </li></ul><ul><li>were sent in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Source: CTIA </li></ul>
    11. Mobile Phone Trivia: <ul><li>How many mobile phones are </li></ul><ul><li>equipped with SMS (text) function? </li></ul>
    12. Answer: <ul><li>95% </li></ul><ul><li>Source: CTIA </li></ul>
    13. <ul><li>Time to Make Use of These Technologies for Public Health ! </li></ul>
    14. What is mHealth?
    15. <ul><li>mHealth is the use of mobile communications – such as PDAs and mobile phones – for health services and information </li></ul>
    16. Health Information + The Web <ul><li>8 out of 10 American Internet users have searched for information on at least 1 of 17 health topics </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Online Health Search 2006, Pew Internet Study </li></ul>
    17. Mobile Tech in Public Health <ul><li>Dissemination of Health Information </li></ul><ul><li>Remote Data Collection Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Interaction Point for Location- Based Health Information </li></ul>
    18. <ul><li>OTHER COUNTRIES > UNITED STATES </li></ul>
    19. Credit: DataDyne.org
    20. Dissemination of Health Information
    21. Remote Data Collection
    22. FrontlineSMS is free software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people through mobile phones.
    23. Mobiles in Malawi <ul><li>A donated laptop, 100 recycled cell phones, and a copy of FrontlineSMS </li></ul><ul><li>SMS-based communications network for a rural hospital and its community health workers in Malawi </li></ul><ul><li>Allows hospital to respond to requests for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rendering emergency medical care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tracking patients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recording HIV and TB drug adherence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>staying updated on patient status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>providing instant drug dosage/usage information </li></ul></ul>
    24. Consumer Interaction
    25. <ul><li>“[Mobile communication] is an avenue through which we will get the accurate, credible information we need to inform healthier decisions.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Dr. Jay Bernhardt </li></ul><ul><li>CDC Center for Health Marketing </li></ul>
    26. What Next?
    27. <ul><li>More focus on medical adherence for patients </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on quality of care </li></ul><ul><li>Increased focus on interaction with at-risk populations </li></ul><ul><li>More efficient ways to receive health information </li></ul><ul><li>Location-based services </li></ul>
    28. Additional Resources <ul><li>http://mobileactive.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://kiwanja.net </li></ul><ul><li>http://jopsa.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dalezak.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/mindofandre/mobilehealth </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/mindofandre/mobile </li></ul>
    29. Contact Information <ul><li>Andre Blackman </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://pulseandsignal.com </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>

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