The Role of mHealth in India: Understanding the Future Ramifications for Community Empowerment
Abstract In developing countries like India, mHealth is gaining ground. It has a wide-ranging and potentially life-saving clinical and practical application. Successful implementation of mHealth makes the right information available at the right place, at the right time, and in the correct form. India already has several mHealth pilot programs in place and is working to integrate mHealth into its vast healthcare system. As wireless technology increases in flexibility, popularity, and distribution, it will play a key role in the new healthcare delivery model. There are many apps and web-based approaches towards mHealth interventions in India. The main reasons why mHealth is a phenomenon to look out for in India are to do with the massive proliferation of mobile phones here, ease of access to the Internet via the mobile device, and the surge in mobile apps culture which has been aided by the advent of wearable devices. This chapter discusses about how mHealth can be very effective tool for development and community empowerment.
KeywordsShort Messaging Service Indian Government Financial Sustainability mHealth Intervention mHealth Service
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