Mobile Health: Viable and Scalable
As the 2015 deadline looms for the UN's Millennium Development Goals, progress has slowed against the backdrop of the global recession. The poor and the weak bear the brunt of rising food prices and persistent disease burden. A bright spot, however, is that those who live on the margins and are disenfranchised from economic growth and prosperity represent the fastest growing segment of mobile phone users in the world today. More than half the population in developing countries has access to a cellular phone, and this remarkable development has the potential to drive progress in other areas also. Primary among these has been leveraging mobile phones for use in health care provision. Mobile devices can be used to provide and supplement diagnosis and treatment and advance the reach of health care providers to remote areas. The question remains can technology and markets deliver on this promise, and how will this change the face of global public health?
David Aylward, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance
Karl Brown, Associate Director, Foundation Management, Rockefeller Foundation
Leo Anthony Celi, Founder, Sana
John C. Loyack, Director, Product Management, Healthcare & Science, Thompson Reuters
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation