In a similar fashion as mobile-first populations, I could argue there is such a group as the “mobile health-first”. This group is characterized by people living where access to in person medical services, with a physician, is a luxury. Of course, with the pace of change we are experiencing, this group may never need to. The evolution of mHealth, with its array of sensors, usability refinements and instant feedback, could make a visit to the doctor a thing of the past. Or for the over 400 million people without access to medical services, an old wives’ tale.
MEASURE Evaluation is making strides in this direction. A post by Michelle Li details the next key ingredient for mHealth revolution: data. Large volumes of high quality patient information that feeds both algorithms and governments’ information systems. It would makes us a step ahead of health dynamics, such as epidemics, and help bring evidence “to change what doesn’t work and scale up what does“, as MEASURE’s banner claims.
Li demonstrates a CBHIS (Community Based Health Information System), which simplifies the data gathering, from surveys. The program attacks multiple fronts, from the survey form design to health worker empowerment. If you want to try CBHIS, head to MEASURE Evaluation’s website, where updates are regularly shared.