Computerworld Honors 2013: Critical Health Data Sent To Rural Ghana Via Mobile

Mary K. Pratt | Computerworld | June 3, 2013

This mobile health platform, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for health, aims to improve the availability and quality of healthcare services in rural Ghana and demonstrate best practices.

The statistics are staggering: Worldwide in 2011, 6.9 million children died before their fifth birthday and nearly 300,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth.

Many of those deaths were due to a lack of trained healthcare professionals working in rural areas, which leaves residents in such regions highly vulnerable to diseases and debilitating emergencies. They often face significantly shortened life spans as a result.