A rising trend in current healthcare is mhealth (also known as mobile health, telemedicine or ehealth). Healthcare providers using smartphones and tablet computers collect patient information and send it to physicians or other medical specialists in different locations. Mobile health information technology allows these healthcare providers to more easily and quickly diagnose and monitor the health problems of patients in remote locations. This specialized medical market is currently valued at $1.4 billion and is expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2019. [Read more…]
The use of mobile technology continues to rise in many countries, but its ability to be adopted in poorer countries is impeded due to economic problems. According to the U.N.-based Broadband Commission For Digital Development’s State of Broadband Report 2013, mobile broadband is growing faster than any technology in human history, but over 90% of people in the world’s 49 least developed countries remain disconnected from the Internet.
But mobile technology is unquestionably a boon to developing countries through its ability to provide information and to make personal lives and businesses function more efficiently through two-way communication. [Read more…]
Every year, corporations and governments spend millions of dollars in the measurement, control and cleanup of invasive species. According to a 2012 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fact sheet, invasive plants and animals “can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem.” [Read more…]
The tracking of wildlife populations by radio telemetry technology has long been a staple of wildlife surveillance. Radio telemetry has been utilized to monitor wildlife population density, to track the survival of animals in field reintroduction programs, and to monitor the geographic location of wild animals carrying pathogens causing hazardous diseases that pose a threat to human health. [Read more…]
Gathering meaningful public health data from low-income rural communities poses significant challenges for healthcare authorities. Due to inadequate financial resources, disadvantaged communities lack the components of modern technology such as access to computers, landline telephones and reliable electrical power stations. In addition, other factors such as civil unrest and an inadequate transportation infrastructure hamper data collection.
In these communities, field workers collect public health data utilizing a paper-based system; the data is later taken from a paper format and converted into an electronic format for easier evaluation by medical professionals. Although functional, manual data entry collation has its disadvantages. [Read more…]
NOMAD | humanitariaN Operations Mobile Acquisition of Data
As we reported previously in “Mobile Data Collection Activities in Emerging Countries,” Mobile Data Collection is being used by Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), International Organizations (IO’s) and Private organizations to monitor, analyze, and report pertinent findings in relation to important issues regarding the environment, climate change, public health, human rights monitoring, epidemiology, population censuses, opinion polls, economic studies and many more.
In this post, we would like to draw attention to one project that aims to help charities and humanitarian aid organizations connect with mobile data collection solution providers. The NOMAD project is a ground breaking project that links humanitarian aid organizations with the latest information management tools to more easily collect, analyze and manage data. [Read more…]
Data collection software and mobile computing are changing the way that organizations are working in some of the most remote places on Earth. From humanitarian agencies to new highway construction companies, mobile data collection software is helping pave the way for humanitarian relief efforts and economic development projects. [Read more…]
There are varying models used to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) for the implementation of mobile data collection technologies, especially within an enterprise environment. The following outlines some of the benefits of the COMMANDmobile® platform.
- Reduced drive time for field workers – Workers no longer have to come into the office to pick up and drop off daily work orders.
- Accurate time tracking – Filling out a time card is no longer needed. The mobile device can fill out an accurate time card based on actual locations, travel time, and project work time. [Read more…]
With COMMANDmobile® Mobile Reporting for iPad, iPhone, and Windows Mobile, field users have an “Enterprise Ready” tool for data collection and workforce management. Deployment of a mobile infrastructure requires more than just a platform for collecting data. With useful workforce management features such as location based dispatching, real time device tracking with GPS, LDAP user authentication, and online/offline dynamic forms, this application provides a turnkey solution for implementation of mobile data collection within your organization.
Utilized by small, medium, and large commercial companies as well as government and non-profit agencies, Tracen’s mobile solutions have provided enterprise level data collection applications and workforce management services across many platforms. This proven technology is now available on the iPad, iPhone and Windows Mobile. [Read more…]