mHealth: Evidence and Best Practices

Roshan Hewapathirana
2010 Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics  
Due to the rapid increase in mobile phone usage and service coverage, there is a developing interest on the potential use of mobile communication to improve health care services even in remote and less resourced settings. Mobile communication offers an effective means of bringing health care services to developing countries. With low-cost handsets and the penetration of mobile phone networks globally, several millions of citizens that never had regular access to a fixed-line telephone or a
more » ... telephone or a computer now use mobile devices as daily tools for communication and data transfer. 64% of all mobile phone users can now be found in the developing world (1) . Furthermore, estimates show that by 2012, half of all individuals in remote areas of the world will have mobile phones. This growing ubiquity of mobile phones is a central element in the promise of mobile technologies for health.
doi:10.4038/sljbmi.v1i3.2049 fatcat:mplmh7dhyraizkof3ij4ffmfzi