Mobile Health Tech Improves Child Health in Developing Countries

Smartphones and tablet computers aid in the battle to improve child health in developing countries, due to the versatility of mobile health technology.

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Although competent medical care is available to children in many areas of the world, child health issues are still prevalent in less developed areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. About two-thirds of child deaths due to diseases are preventable through practical, low-cost medical intervention, according to a September 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report about the key health dangers for children.

Smartphones and tablet computers are an additional aid in the battle to improve child health in developing countries, due to the versatility of mobile health technology. Field employees now use mobile devices to gather health data from individual patients over a widespread area and send that data to healthcare-based organizations in other locations. Similarly, governments in countries such as Zambia use mobile devices to educate parents about child health, so that behavioral changes can be made and parents can create safer living environments for children.

In a 2013 survey of 112 member states, the WHO notes that 83% of their member states offered one or more mHealth services.  As mobile technology becomes more affordable, mobile health’s growth in the future appears promising, even in financially disadvantaged countries.

Mobile data collection and mobile workforce management solutions such as COMMANDmobile® offer different options for healthcare providers. Possible applications include field surveys of pediatric or other patients in urban or remote areas, epidemic monitoring, medical supply tracking, and health-related inspections. In addition to versatility, the features of COMMANDmobile include:

1) Data collection accuracy. COMMANDmobile eliminates the necessity of using a paper-based data collection system. Users enter health data directly into iPads, iPhones, Androids or other mobile devices, reducing the risk of accidental data entry errors as information is transferred from paper forms to a computer.

2) A high level of security.  User authentication and other security measures protect patient information stored within COMMANDmobile.

3) Customization. To suit the data collection requirements of health surveys, field employees can tailor forms within COMMANDmobile.

4) Efficiency. Information can be collected and sent in real time, so that data can be quickly analyzed and used as a basis for more informed decision making by an organization’s managers.

5) Two-way communication. Field employees and decision makers can easily contact one another as needed.

6) Barcoding. COMMANDmobile supports barcoding for more convenient inventory management.

7) Remote workforce management. Supervisors can track employee progress over a wide area through geotagged information and send information about new jobs to be performed.

For more information on COMMANDmobile and its potential uses, request a demo account or view our product information video.

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About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

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