Health and Technology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

A customized m-Health system for improving Tuberculosis treatment adherence and follow-up in south India

  • Padmanesan NarasimhanEmail author
  • Aishwarya Bakshi
  • Sathyapriya Kittusami
  • Suma Prashant
  • Dilip Mathai
  • Kasturi Bakshi
  • Chandini Raina MacIntyre
  • Pradeep Ray
Review Paper


Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in India with more than 2 million new cases every year. With the growing crisis of inadequate healthcare workforce, monitoring of drug treatment for Tuberculosis is an arduous task. mHealth services (healthcare using mobile communication technologies) are gaining support as an effective tool to handle the situation, especially where technological and human resources are limited. This paper illustrates the delivery of a mHealth service with insights into the feasibility and applicability of deploying a voice call based reminder system for drug adherence in a resource limited setting.


mHealth Tuberculosis Drug adherence Reminders Mobile phones Voice calls 



The project was funded by the IU-ATC project of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Australia India Institute and the UK EPSRC Digital Economy Program.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Padmanesan Narasimhan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Aishwarya Bakshi
    • 2
  • Sathyapriya Kittusami
    • 3
  • Suma Prashant
    • 3
  • Dilip Mathai
    • 4
  • Kasturi Bakshi
    • 5
  • Chandini Raina MacIntyre
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pradeep Ray
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public Health and Community MedicineThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Asia Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC), Australian School of BusinessThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Rural Technology Business Incubator, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, IITM Research ParkChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Apollo Institute of Medical SciencesHyderabadIndia
  5. 5.Kalyani Institute for Policy Action and Rural ChangeKalyaniIndia

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