E-health is booming in developing world

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1054
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    The use of electronic information and communications technologies in health is rising rapidly in the developing world, offering the potential to bring a revolution in health care. This message to delegates at a forum in Washington, DC, on 16 February was also the focus of the February issue of the health policy journal Health Affairs.

    Delegates were told of a programme in South Africa that uses mobile phones to support adherence to antiretroviral treatment. In Peru, where 80% of people have their own mobile phone, a provider has created a realtime system to monitor adverse events. Mexico is using …

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