US firm Dials in Healthcare for 7mn Indians
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22 September 2011
New Delhi, India
The mobile phone based application will promote access to healthcare among seven million Indians in rural areas over the next three years
A US–based technology firm will promote access to healthcare among seven million Indians in rural areas over the next three years through mobile phone applications.
In India, where up to 70 per cent of the rural population lacks access to basic health services, US–based technology firm Dimagi through CommCare will provide 70,000 community health workers in areas lacking basic medical care with patient information and the ability to monitor at–risk patients.
CommCare, a mobile phone–based application enables community health workers to provide better, more efficient care while also enabling better supervision and coordination of community health programmes.
"We developed CommCare to scale up the health impacts of community health programmes," Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson said, reports IANS.
“We've been working in this field for a long time, and haven't seen anything with the potential that CommCare has to scale up the effective delivery of life saving interventions.“
Each health worker will have a phone running the CommCare software that will assist them in managing household visits and planning their day. CommCare will collect and report data that will help monitor and evaluate community health programmes themselves.