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mHealth Innovation in Asia

Grassroots Challenges and Practical Interventions

  • Discusses mHealth for development with a focus on South, Southeast, and East Asia

  • Covers theoretical approaches alongside case-based analysis of mHealth projects from the field

  • Addresses the most rapidly growing fields of public health policy and implementation

  • Includes supplementary material:

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About this book

This open access book offers a detailed account of a range of mHealth initiatives across South, Southeast and East Asia. It provides readers with deep insights into the challenges such initiatives face on the ground, and a view of the diverse cultural contexts shaping strategies for overcoming these challenges. The book brings together various discussions on the broader mHealth literature, and demonstrates how a research focus on diverse Asian contexts influences the success and/or failure of current mHealth initiatives. It also highlights the important roles social scientists can play in advancing theoretical approaches, as well as planning, implementing and evaluating mHealth initiatives. The book is a valuable resource for project planners, policy developers in NGOs and government institutions, as well as academics, researchers and students in the fields of public health, communications and development studies.


  • mHealth Innovation in Asia
  • mHealth Initiatives and Policy
  • Grassroots mHealth Projects in Asia
  • Practical mHealth Interventions in Asia
  • Structures and Infrastructures of mHealth in Asia
  • Mobile Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Media and Communications
  • Development Studies on Public Health
  • Community Health Workers
  • Mobile Phones in Health
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

    Emma Baulch

  • School of Communication and Design, RMIT University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Jerry Watkins

  • School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

    Amina Tariq

About the editors

Emma Baulch is an expert on Indonesian youth cultures, with twenty years of experience researching youth involvement in the production and consumption of popular media. Her most recent work has focused on the impact of digital media on the lives and livelihoods of young Indonesians. She has led projects to develop sustainable, practical digital-technology applications to overcome the social and health challenges faced by Indonesian youth in the 21st century.

Jerry Watkins is the Head of Department, School of Communication & Design, RMIT University, Vietnam. He has over 20 years' high-profile international experience in communication design and strategy, and has led major projects for some of the world's largest telecom companies, including AT&T Wireless, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and the Vodafone Group. Watkins studies mobile, social and online content and devices and their impact on people and systems. He has led ICT for development projects with partners including Intel Corporation and the Commonwealth of Learning. He has served as an invited expert on mobile media for development for UNESCO. He has designed and delivered communication for development programs in Australia, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Solomon Islands.

Amina Tariq is a lecturer in eHealth at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. A ‘human factors’ researcher with a software engineering background, she focuses on investigating the use of information technology in collaborative healthcare settings. She has more than eight years of experience in the evaluation of information systems and is experienced in applying both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research interests include context-sensitive design of mobile health applications, usability evaluation of groupware technologies in healthcare and implications of information technology use on healthcare-provider work practices.

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)