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Design and Implementation of Mobile-Based Technology in Strengthening Health Information System: Aligning mHealth Solutions to Infrastructures

Design and Implementation of Mobile-Based Technology in Strengthening Health Information System: Aligning mHealth Solutions to Infrastructures
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Author(s): Saptarshi Purkayastha (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 25
Source title: User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2770-3.ch034

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Abstract

In the context of developing countries, there is a mounting interest in the field of mHealth. This surge in interest can be traced to the evolution of several interrelated trends (VW Consulting, 2009). However, with numerous attempts to create mobile-based technology for health, too many experiments and projects have not been able to scale or sustain. How is it possible to design and implement scalable and sustainable mHealth applications in low resource settings and emerging markets?. This chapter provides lessons from case studies of two successful and large scale implementations of mHealth solutions and the choices that were made in the design and implementation of those solutions. The chapter uses Information Infrastructure Theory as a theoretical lens to discuss reasons why these projects have been able to successfully scale.

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