Mobile Solutions can Help Patients Suffering from Non-communicable Diseases

February 22, 2013

Mobile solutions have played a prominent role in increasing productivity in the private sector, but they may soon benefit the greater public good, as well. The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union are currently testing mobile solutions, according to The Africa Report.

"Technological innovations are changing the landscape of disease prevention and control," ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré said. "The widespread availability of mobile technology, including in many of the least developed countries, is an exceptional opportunity to expand the use of e-health."

Most importantly, mobile technology will be used to help those suffering from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular maladies, respiratory diseases and cancer. The WHO estimates that 36 million people die every year from NCDs, and NCD deaths in Africa will increase by 24 percent in the next decade.

The WHO and ITU also hope that mobile solutions will help encourage individuals to quit smoking, eat healthier and exercise more.

A few tangible ways in which mobile technology can improve healthcare include reducing drive times for clinicians, maintaining quality of service between clinicians and patients, and ensuring that caregivers meet mandated safety goals.