global health

By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2012
Mark Blatt and Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira Texting programs for health education in developing countries have been around for over a decade, but several factors are bringing global health efforts to a new scale in 2012, including increasing mobile adoption in developing countries and an increased spirit of collaboration. Nafis Sadik, a United Nations Foundation board member, has worked with the UN...
By Neil Versel April 6, 2011
Joel Selanikio, Co-Founder, DataDyne “I think EpiSurveyor is the most widely deployed mHealth application in the world,” says Georgetown University pediatrician Dr. Joel Selanikio, creator of the open access software that aids in disease surveillance and collection of public health data in underserved regions.  He’s not so much boasting as marveling at the power of mobility and the Internet to...
By Brian Dolan May 18, 2010
Over the weekend, the American Telemedicine Association 2010 event here in San Antonio kicked off with a number of speakers focused on telemedicine going global -- and how the mobile phone is driving that trend, according to a report over at HIT News. “We’re just beginning to see the internationalization of healthcare,” ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous noted. The mobile phone is driving that...
By Brian Dolan May 4, 2010
Every year Time Magazine publishes its list of the 100 most influential people. This year the list feature four categories: Leaders, heroes, artists and thinkers. Among the "thinkers" for the 2010 Time 100 is Matt Berg, a 32-year-old mHealth pioneer. Berg is technology director for ChildCount+, which equips community health workers in Africa with a text message powered healthcare service....
By Brian Dolan April 27, 2010
Microsoft Chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates recently sat down at UC Berkeley to discuss the need for personal computers versus cell phones in so-called developing markets. While the Gates Foundation has worked to distribute PCs in some countries, including Vietnam, China and India, but as Gates explains in the video below: "You don't need personal computer connectivity to deal with childhood...
By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
"This mHealth is a little confusing to me, but we will get a title for this soon, and it will be the right one," said Leonid Androuchko, professor of telecommunications at the International University of Geneva and a coordinator for telehealth with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during his remarks at the Med-e-Tel event in Luxembourg last week. Androuchko decried the state of the...
By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
The Vodafone Americas Foundation and the mHealth Alliance announced today that Sana, formerly MocaMobile, had won third place ($100,000) in the Wireless Innovation Prize and also won the mHealth Alliance Award ($50,000). Sana is a multidisciplinary group from MIT that has developed an open source platform that enables mobile phones to capture and send out data for an electronic medical record....
By Brian Dolan March 30, 2010
Wireless lifelines in global health: Noted global health thought leader James Bon Tempo penned an editorial for the Baltimore Sun focused on wireless tools that help care workers improve healthcare in other countries. Bon Tempo points to examples in Malawi, Kenya and South Africa and closes with: "This may be one of the greatest technological opportunities in our lifetime, and as the challenges...
By Brian Dolan March 23, 2010
Open standards and interoperability are key to mobile health offerings scaling in developing markets, Ericsson's head of sustainability and corporate responsibility Elaine Weidman told the Financial Times in a recent interview. “Vertical solutions cannot be scaled because vertical solutions look at one business model and don’t look at consumer convenience and flexibility,” US-based C-SAM's CEO...
By Brian Dolan February 28, 2010
Amir Jafri, COO, West Wireless Health Institute The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) announced that former Cardinal Health executive Amir Jafri has joined the Institute as its chief operating officer (COO) and former UN Foundation executive Mitul Shah has joined the WWHI as its senior director of programs and partnerships for engineering. Jafri begins immediately, while Shah will take his...