For anyone interested in mobile health, the pace of new developments, partnerships, and innovations is dizzying. In this series, we pore through the latest in the mobile health world and pick a few articles that we think are interesting and convey important developments. Be sure to let us know what you think by adding your comments to this post !
GenerationOne and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have conducted a pilot study testing the efficacy of using mobile phones to improve the treatment of teenagers with asthma.
Adherence to treatment regimens is a particularly challenging issue in treating asthma. To help with this, researchers sent personalized reminders and messages to participants’ cell phones. Positive results of this pilot study will hopefully lead to bigger and more thorough trials.
Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)
From Council on Foreign Relations
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the latest addition to mHealth in developing countries. The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) will seek to use mobile phones to provide personalized health information for pregnant mothers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa. The official site for MAMA has more information on the initiative and its goals. This article also highlights various other mHealth initiatives in developing countries such as TulaSalud in Guatemala, MoTeCH in Ghana, and a program for Lady Health Workers in Pakistan.
Healthcare providers eye 3G tech for the next leap in telemedicine
The hope for telemedicine and wireless networks to address basic health needs in developing countries is gaining momentum. This article examines the potential for growing 3G networks in India that could lower the costs for remote video consultations – a cost that has deterred private companies from investing in this market. Mobile phones and networks could potentially revolutionize access to physicians for communities with limited medical infrastructure.
Medtronic sees big value in iPads
From Financial Times
Leading medical technology company Medtronic looks to maximize the potential of the iPad in its marketing interactions with physicians and to improve the functionality of its medical products. Sales representatives can use interactive charts and visuals in their meetings with physicians, allowing for a more collaborative approach to device sales. More importantly, as Medtronic looks to develop apps that integrate their products with mobile devices, users will have access to “understandable, useful data that patients can access on their tablet computers, allowing them to better manage their health.”