The nonprofit group, Medic Mobile, has been bringing healthcare to rural areas via mobile technology. A pilot study in Malawi has saved clinical staff thousands in transportation fees and travel time. The study uses “simple, locally appropriate communication technologies” to provide health care. Patients in the study used cell phones and a text messaging platform to communicate with a hospital. The messages are then delivered through computer software and directed to appropriate medical staff that reply with instant messaging. Medical support and follow-up care on scene is provided if deemed necessary by staff. The system helps to reach patients in isolated areas that are disconnected from health care centers.
(Source: Smart Planet)