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Cool new mobile health ideas help doctors in developing countries

mhealth-alliance-logoMobile technology has moved far beyond sending text messages, making calls and playing Snake, now various tech companies are pioneering new ways to use our mobile phones to improve the world around us. We’ve recently come across a number of exciting and groundbreaking schemes, which aim to improve healthcare in developing countries by using the mobile technology we all take for granted.

This week, the mHealth Alliance announced the winners of its Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge, a new scheme which aims to reward mobile health professionals who are developing new and innovative ways to improve health systems across the globe.

The top three winners include:

Alain Labrique for mCare, who devised an integrated mobile system to facilitate pregnancy surveillance and registration and help to improve care delivery to pregnant women and newborns.

Ann Roos-Weil for Pesinet, who was behind a new system, which combines local resources and mobile technology to increase care and reduce child mortality in Mali.

Ashok Jhunjhunwala for Voice Net, who developed a personalised voice-based information transaction system with local language voice recognition to effectively aid healthcare delivery in India.

Patty Mechael, the executive director of the mHealth Alliance, said:

“The growing field of mHealth is driven by innovation […] From fighting counterfeit medications to enabling doctors to communicate for free, the contributions of these top innovators are advancing the field, expanding delivery of important health services, and saving lives.”

This kind of large-scale recognition from the mHealth Alliance is vitally important, as it highlights the potential of mobile health technology in developing countries and rewards those behind the programs and initiatives that are really making a difference.

To find out more about the Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge and read about the other winners, then visit mHealth Alliance News.

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