Dan Carucci, VP for Global Health at the UN Foundation, writes:
Increasingly mHealth technology is being used to help meet the global health challenges of today. Electronic survey forms running on mobile devices can bolster a struggling health care system and help ensure timely data transfer on the vaccine stock levels in rural health clinics. SMS text messaging and other mobile-enabled programs can keep remote health workers up-to-date through distance learning programs, and health alerts and can provide patients with the information they need to live healthier lives.
The UN Foundation report mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World looks at how mobile applications for health care are being implemented in developing countries. It includes a compilation of projects in Education and Awareness Campaigns, Remote Data Collection, Remote Monitoring, Communication and Training for Healthcare Workers, Disease and Epidemic Outbreak Tracking and Diagnostic and Treatment Support.
And be sure to check out and vote for EpiSurveyor - a free, downloadable software program that allows health workers in remote areas of more than 20 countries to collect and record essential health data via mobile phones.