The Next Frontier For Mobile Health

Adva Saldinger | Devex Impact | December 20, 2013

The mobile health community is growing up. After years of piloting ideas and trying to bring them to scale, mHealth leaders are setting their sights on a more ambitious target: integrated health systems.

For years, mHealth was seen more as a niche solution than a way to link and transform health systems in developing countries.

Change has come quickly. Just in the past year, the dialogue, technology and tools in mHealth have changed significantly.

Last year, many in the mHealth community bemoaned “pilotitis” and their inability to scale and move beyond continual generation of new projects. This year, there are examples of projects that have successfully scaled up, especially those using mobile technology to improve maternal and child health interventions.