Mobile health in the Developing World: review of literature and lessons from a case study

Latif, Siddique and Rana, Rajib and Qadir, Junaid and Ali, Anwaar and Imran, Muhammad Ali and Younis, Muhammad Shahzad (2017) Mobile health in the Developing World: review of literature and lessons from a case study. IEEE Access, 5. pp. 11540-11556.

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Abstract

The mHealth trend, which uses mobile devices and associated technology for health interventions,
offers unprecedented opportunity to transform the health services available to people across the globe.
In particular, the mHealth transformation can be most disruptive in the developing countries, which is often
characterized by a dysfunctional public health system. Despite this opportunity, the growth of mHealth in
developing countries is rather slow and no existing studies have conducted an in-depth search to identify the
reasons.We present a comprehensive report about the factors hindering the growth of mHealth in developing
countries. Most importantly, we outline future strategies for making mHealth even more effective. We are
also the first to conduct a case study on the public health system of Pakistan showing that mHealth can
offer tremendous opportunities for a developing country with a severe scarcity of health infrastructure and
resources. The findings of this paper will guide the development of policies and strategies for the sustainable
adoption of mHealth not only in Pakistan but also for any developing country in general.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The Submitted version, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version, as cited in the record.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 05:37
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 23:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile health; mHealth; public health; developing countries; Pakistan; challenges; remote monitoring
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080504 Ubiquitous Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2710800
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30054

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