3 MHealth Trends Playing On World Stage

Benjamin Harris | Government Health IT | March 19, 2013

Developments in healthcare are usually seen as a first-world matter. Talk about mobile health, or mHealth, and an image of R&D trials in some suburban hospital almost immediately come to mind. But some of the most groundbreaking advances in mHealth are taking place far away from American medical facilities, and are taking root in new territories where the mobile phone has perhaps exploded in popularity faster than it did in the west.

Alain Labrique is a director of the Global mHealth Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. His program looks at ways that mHealth has advanced around the world and how initiatives take hold in developing nations. He's noticed three trends playing out lately on the world stage.