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IRIN Examines Effectiveness Of mHealth Technologies

In an analysis examining the effectiveness of mobile technologies in health care, IRIN asks, “[I]s the evidence there yet that mHealth is an effective health delivery intervention for the developing world?” The news service highlights a January 2013 systematic review published in PLOS Medicine that found mixed results on the “effectiveness of mHealth technology in improving health delivery” based on 42 studies; a 2012 study (.pdf) by the mHealth Alliance that found mHealth was being used more in sub-Saharan Africa compared with Asia and Latin America; and an mHealth Aliance recently released “review (.pdf) of standards in the use of mHealth among low- and middle-income countries.” According to IRIN, “experts say the use of mHealth and other humanitarian technology should be allowed to be driven by the communities who benefit from it” (5/8).