India calling: Harnessing the promise of mobile phones for HIV healthcare

Anita Shet, Ayesha De Costa

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Abstract

The technology that has been able to straddle the digital divide most effectively in resource-constrained settings has been the mobile phone. The tremendous growth seen in Africa and Asia in mobile phone use over the last half decade has spurred plans to integrate mobile phones with healthcare delivery globally. A major challenge in HIV healthcare is sustaining good adherence to antiretroviral treatment. This report focuses on specific applications of mobile phones in the area of HIV healthcare delivery. It highlights the widespread use of mobile phones in developing areas of the world, those which have a heavy burden of HIV and infectious diseases. There is scope for exploiting existing mobile phone technology and infrastructure for healthcare enhancement in resource-constrained settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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Keywords

  • HIV
  • Health information technology
  • Healthcare
  • Mobile phones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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