What is mHealth?

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What is mHealth?

  1. 1. Extending healthcare through mobile Extending healthcare through mobile Saurav Gupta Saurav GuptaFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 1
  2. 2. mHealth? mHealth? Mobile health information technology (mHealth) Mobile health information technology (mHealth) typically refers to portable devices with the typically refers to portable devices with the capability to create, store, retrieve, and transmit capability to create, store, retrieve, and transmit data in real time between end users for the purpose data in real time between end users for the purpose of improving patient safety and quality of care of improving patient safety and quality of careFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 2
  3. 3. mHealth? mHealth?Feb 2013 CDAC Mohali 3
  4. 4. Key areas in mHealth Key areas in mHealth Education and awareness Education and awareness Remote data collection Remote data collection Remote monitoring Remote monitoring Communication and training Communication and training Disease and epidemic outbreak tracking Disease and epidemic outbreak tracking Diagnostic and treatment support Diagnostic and treatment supportFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 4
  5. 5. Education and awareness Education and awareness SMS Alerts: SMS Alerts: testing and treatment methods, testing and treatment methods, availability of health services, and availability of health services, and disease management disease management SMS alerts have a measurable impact on and a greater SMS alerts have a measurable impact on and a greater ability to influence behavior than radio and television ability to influence behavior than radio and television campaigns. . campaignsFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 5
  6. 6. Remote Data Collection Remote Data Collection Collecting field information Collecting field information Patients are rarely able to visit a hospital Patients are rarely able to visit a hospital Information should be updated and accessible on a real-time Information should be updated and accessible on a real-time basis. basis. The data collection process is more efficient and reliable if The data collection process is more efficient and reliable if conducted via smart phones, PDAs, or mobile phones rather than conducted via smart phones, PDAs, or mobile phones rather than paper-based surveys paper-based surveysFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 6
  7. 7. Remote Monitoring Remote Monitoring Possibility for treating patients in an outpatient Possibility for treating patients in an outpatient setting setting Limited access to hospital beds and clinics Limited access to hospital beds and clinics applications consists of one- or two-way applications consists of one- or two-way communications to monitor health conditions, communications to monitor health conditions, maintain caregiver appointments, maintain caregiver appointments, or ensure medication regimen adherence or ensure medication regimen adherence Also include inpatient and out patient sensors Also include inpatient and out patient sensors chronic conditions chronic conditionsFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 7
  8. 8. Communication & Training Communication & Training Shortage of healthcare workers Shortage of healthcare workers Training new cadres of health professionals Training new cadres of health professionals and empowering current workers and empowering current workers mobile technology is a strong basis for mobile technology is a strong basis for empowerment empowermentFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 8
  9. 9. Disease and epidemic outbreak Disease and epidemic outbreak tracking tracking Outbreaks of communicable diseases often begin in Outbreaks of communicable diseases often begin in pockets, and, when left undetected, can develop into pockets, and, when left undetected, can develop into epidemics. Ex: Tb, cholera, SARS epidemics. Ex: Tb, cholera, SARS Deployment of mobile devices, with their ability to Deployment of mobile devices, with their ability to quickly capture and transmit data on disease quickly capture and transmit data on disease incidence, can be decisive in the prevention and incidence, can be decisive in the prevention and containment of outbreaks containment of outbreaksFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 9
  10. 10. Diagnostic and treatment Diagnostic and treatment support support Diagnostics and treatment support are vitally Diagnostics and treatment support are vitally important in healthcare—misdiagnosis or the important in healthcare—misdiagnosis or the inability to diagnose a condition could have serious, inability to diagnose a condition could have serious, even fatal, ramifications even fatal, ramifications With mHealth-enabled diagnostics and treatment With mHealth-enabled diagnostics and treatment support, patients are able to receive treatment in support, patients are able to receive treatment in their villages and homes, averting the need for their villages and homes, averting the need for expensive hospital visits, which are beyond reach expensive hospital visits, which are beyond reach for many. for many.Feb 2013 CDAC Mohali 10
  11. 11. Global scenario Global scenario From: UN FoundationFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 11
  12. 12. For more details For more detailsFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 12
  13. 13. Thank You Thank You saurav@cdac.in saurav@cdac.inFeb 2013 CDAC Mohali 13

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