Pivotal to the transformation of the health sector and improved patient outcomes, mHealth is the application of mobile communications and network technologies for healthcare. Vodafone’s main objectives for implementing mHealth projects are to optimise the efficiencies of health organisations’ internal processes and to enhance the delivery of healthcare.
Of course, it’s not just about providing healthcare professionals and patients with mobile devices and mHealth applications: it is about providing holistic mHealth solutions in response to the needs of all involved stakeholders, from the physician and the nurse, to the patient and the carer. mHealth supports new ways of working and enables the delivery of improved health and health economic outcomes.
We recognise the huge value that mobility brings to the health sector globally, which is challenged with significant budgetary pressures as a result of an ageing population, the burden of chronic disease and increasingly technically-savvy patients demanding high-quality, personalised care. mHealth solutions have a crucial role to play in helping both public and private healthcare providers rise to these challenges.
mHealth allows multi-disciplinary teams to collaborate closely and quickly with each other to develop patient care plans, share updated information, and commission treatment delivery. It supports patient-centric healthcare with the cost effective delivery of Remote Care Services that improve the patients’ quality of life by enabling care to be administered at home. mHealth also provides healthcare practitioners with full access to the data resources they need to make informed and accurate decisions that improve the patient care pathway.
In the wider health arena, mHealth Solutions are already improving the validity and quality of captured data in the Clinical Research process. The use of high quality patient-reported data that does not need to go through numerous cycles of validation is improving the time to market for new drugs and devices. mHealth also enables Mobile Flexible Working for field-based employees in the Life Sciences sector, community-based patient care, and other primary and secondary care professionals. It is turning around failing prescription regimes, driving efficiencies in care facilities and enabling more time to be spent with patients.
In the developing world, mHealth reduces some of the discrepancies in the often poor local health infrastructures, improving Access to Medicine through the sharing of vital field data with national and district managers.
Some of our mHealth solutions are only available in our local markets or globally only to our multinational customers. Please consult your Vodafone account manager or contact Vodafone mHealth Solutions directly for more information on where we can support you.
Vodafone teamed up with the Roll Back Malaria global partnership and Novartis to design, develop and implement the SMS for Life pilot project in Tanzania.
In South Africa, Vodafone is working with non-Government organisations and the Department of Health to boost the quality of patient care.
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