Public Health Surveillance In Rural Communities Via Mobile Health Data Collection

The Dept. of Health, Mobile Ophthalmic Clinic....

The Dept. of Health, Mobile Ophthalmic Clinic. Operating in Arab villages of the South Country, N.E. of Gaza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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…]

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.

Healthcare Information Technology Improves Mobile Monitoring and Evaluation

EHR (electronic health records)

EHR (electronic health records) (Photo credit: Yann Ropars)

In this emerging era of big data, cloud computing, electronic health records (EHRs), and mobile healthcare, we are beginning to observe and measure the impact of digital healthcare information technology and the use of mobile devices for healthcare monitoring and evaluation.

A recent article in Nursing Times; 109: 11, 16-18, summarizes the finding of the Mobile Health Worker Project. The results provide a clear picture of how mobile devices could benefit health professionals and the care that can be offered to patients. [Read more…]

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.