mHealth gaining, but still limited to small projects

May / June 2011 | Volume 10, Issue 3

The vast majority of countries surveyed report some use of mobile phones to support health activities, but most of these mHealth efforts are limited in size and scope, according to a new WHO report.

Two-thirds of the 112 countries responding reported between one and three mHealth activities. The survey, “mHealth: New Horizons for Health Through Mobile Technologies,” analyzes data by 14 mHealth activity types. The four most frequently reported initiatives were health call centers, emergency toll-free telephone services, managing emergencies and disasters and mobile telemedicine.

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