Mobile phones may not solve health challenges in poor countries

Posted in: Digital Divide at 17/01/2013 13:39

Two reviews have found little evidence that mobile phone technology is having a great impact on managing disease

Mobile phone technology is frequently heralded as a solution to many health challenges facing the developing world, but two systematic reviews have found that evidence to back such claims is still largely non-existent.

There is a lack of rigorous studies in low- and middle-income settings - where experts agree that mobile health (mHealth) initiatives have tremendous potential - according to the reviews, led by Caroline Free, senior lecturer in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in PLoS Medicine on Tuesday.

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