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 mobile phones for CardioNET, a programme of text messages promoting exercise and physical activity.
Roehr, Bob. “E-health is booming in developing world.” BMJ 340, no. feb22_1 (February 22, 2010): c1054.