mHealth and WHO
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Is anyone in this group invovled in mobile technology NCD work? Certainly, there is evidence in high-income nations that keeping patients connected to their providers and being sent digital reminders regarding certain health behaviors is one way to help keep patients motivated about their health. Given mobile tecnology's ubiquity throughout LMICs, it has the potential for meaningful use in the health arena. But, given the lack of a health care infrastructure in so many places that is currently able to support NCD care, the use of mHealth (I would suppose) will have to be much less patient-targeted and much more public health targeted. I could see it being used as a way of pushing some of the WHO population-based Best Buys such as tobacco control and dietary salt restriction.
Jeremy Schwartz, MD, FAAP
Instructor, Yale School of Medicine
Assistant Firm Chief, Waterbury Hospital, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Director, Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN- echorn.org)
Global Steering Committee, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN- ypchronic.org)
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