Can Mobile Technology Transform Healthcare?
Shortages of medical staff have been identified as one of the major impediments to achieving the health-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For example, one of the poorest countries in the world, Mozambique, has just 548 doctors for a population of more than 22 million, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO's baseline estimate for achieving health-related MDGs is at least 23 health workers per 10,000 people - against an average of 13 in Africa.
Most African countries are critically short of skilled personnel. South Africa which has the best healthcare ecosystem across Africa produces less than 1200 skilled doctors per year. So the big question is “How do countries across Africa, overcome shortages and challenges which exist and provide health care facilities to millions in Sub Saharan Africa.
Can we make use of mHealth technologies to combat issues faced due to these shortages. Training a Clinician may take several years but technology is fast and there are many ways we can begin to increase access to affordable care with technology.
What if we could provide patients with remote access to a super specialist doctor's expertise, or to other medical knowledge which would help the patient?
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