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Mobile Phones and International Health Links Part II

I missed a few links from our previous post on global health and mobile phones, so this is part deux, which will be followed by Part III later this week. As you can see from the frenzy of recent activity – the mobile phone for health revolution is moving ahead rapidly, where it will take us and how useful it will ultimately be will be known in due time. And as mentioned, this is a case where the “Third World is First”, innovation is happening far ahead of what we are seeing in the US. There are a several good links below. For those seeking more documentation beyond news items, see the report from the Bellagio e-health conference which I believe is being organized by the UN Foundation, Vodafone Group Foundation and the Telemedicine society of India.

CellScope: Mobile-phone microscopes, Link
Dan Fletcher, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!!), has developed a cheap attachment to turn the digital camera on many of today’s mobile phones into a microscope. Called a CellScope, it can show individual white and red blood cells, which means that with the correct stain it can be used to identify the parasite that causes malaria.

Cellphones for HIV, Link

Mobile Phone Telemedicine Interview: Full Interview at
(title and link via Drew – thanks!)

mHealth and Mobile Telemedicine – an Overview
Great links below and full news link here

  • Sizing the Business Potential (Link)
  • Relationship among Economic Development (Link)
  • mHealth: A Developing Country Perspective (Link)

Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use, Link

Related to above: “Technology plays crucial role in vaccination distribution”, Link

The Pill Phone for US Markets. This kind of application was used long before in developing countries – now it is slowly entering the US market: “In a first-of-its-kind application, Verizon customers in the US can get information and set reminders regarding medication and dosage with “the Pill Phone”. Link

Managing Symptoms By Mobile Phone May Revolutionize Cancer Care For Young People, Link

New wi-fi devices warn doctors of heart attacks, Link
“The Bluetooth wireless technology that allows people to use a hands-free earpiece could soon alert the emergency services when someone has a heart attack…” How they will manage the data flow and response is a big question in my opinion.

Other Links:

  • Microtelecom for the Next Billion Mobile Users, Link
  • MobileActive08 is the only global gathering that is connecting leaders who are working at the convergence of civil society, mobile technology and social change. Link

Written by Aman

August 3, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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  5. Thank you for the excellent collection of links! This is a really exciting time to be involved in the mobile + ICT4D + health space, and it can be difficult to keep on top of everything 🙂 I look forward to checking back in often for some more great resources and insight.


    August 12, 2008 at 8:53 am

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