• mHealth
  • Are declining PC sales an mHealth opportunity?

    Gartner has reported that globally, there were 76 million units of global personal computer (PC) shipped in the second quarter, almost 11 per cent down on a year ago, the fifth quarter decline in a row. Emerging markets show the greatest impact. PC shipments in Europe, Middle East and Africa in the second quarter of 2013 were down by almost 17 per cent.

    More people are using tablets instead of PCs. This may impact on some eHealth strategies and plans in Africa. It is likely to expand opportunities, particularly in the mHealth arena.

    Click here to view the full report.

  • mHealth goes Orange in Botswana

    Botswana’s Health Ministry has signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with Orange Botswana to roll out mHealth services to more than 19 villages across the country.

    The focus of Orange is on the mobile communications market with a simple vision: a wire-free future, where people can communicate wherever, whenever, and however they wish.

    Orange carried out a successful pilot project in partnership with Botswana-UPenn in February 2009. It provided mobile health and telemedicine solutions for Botswana, the MoH has now taken over the project and is incorporating it into the country’s long-term health strategy. The initial pilot project focused exclusively on mobile oral telemedicine. The initiative was to include mobile tele-dermatology, tele-radiology, and mobile cervical cancer screening.

    mHealth technology will bring professional diagnostic services to remote locations in the country through the exchange of images from medical professionals in remote locations and health professional and doctors in city areas.

    Orange healthcare is developing new eHealth solutions to help traditional healthcare systems evolve and cope with pressures.

    For more information on their latest developments click here.