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mHealth: Pocket Healthcare

Zohaib Amjad | The Express Tribune | November 23, 2014

The ability of mobile phones to monitor basic human patterns using digital input from its user has allowed it to transform every aspect of human life. Given the mobile phone’s computing capacity and wide usage, it has recently been adopted as a tool by the global healthcare industry...

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Africa Innovations: 15 Ideas Helping To Transform A Continent

Mina Holland, Ian Tucker, et al. | The Guardian | August 25, 2012

A mobile phone database for dairy farmers and a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness. These are just two of the imaginative new ideas that are tackling Africa's old problems Read More »

Africa’s Age Of Innovation Could Make Continent A Major Economic Power

Taylor Gordon | Blerds | November 5, 2014

Over the past few days, tech experts and global authorities have urged African countries to embrace innovation and technology in order to transform the entire continent into a global, economic powerhouse. Thanks to a new wave of tech startups and government investments into these new businesses, experts believe Africa could be on the verge of an age of great innovation...

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Flinders University App Allows Mobile Phones to Maintain Contact When There’s No Signal

Brad Crouch | The Advertiser | May 16, 2016

An app developed by Flinders University to maintain mobile phone contact in disaster zones with no cellular signals has won a $279,000 humanitarian award. The Serval Mesh software lets users talk and text each other even when the usual mobile phone coverage fails. It is one of five winners in the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge, sponsored by the Federal Government, who will share $2 million prizemoney to further develop their projects...

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Guess What: Docs Don't Like EHRs

It's kind of "dog-bites-man" type news, but there is even more evidence that physicians not only don't think EHRs are helping them but actually see them as contributing to burnout. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that use of EHRs (or computerized physician order entries -- CPOEs) was associated with lower satisfaction with time spent on clerical tasks, with nearly half of physicians saying the amount of time spent on clerical tasks was unreasonable.  No wonder the AMA CEO recently complained that physicians were turning into the "most expensive data entry force on the face of the planet."

Hoffmann And Jeon On Using ICT For Clean Water In Kibera

Staff Writer | CDDRL News | February 10, 2011

The February 10 Liberation Technology seminar titled, Can ICT Improve Clean Water Delivery Systems in Slums? Lessons from Kibera was led by two Stanford students, Katherine Hoffman, M.A. Candidate in International Policy Studies and Global Health together with Sunny Jeon, PhD candidate in Political Science... Read More »

How Can Chatbots Help Us Respond to Humanitarian Crisis?

Jean-Martin Bauer, Lucia Casarin, Alice Clough | ICT Works | August 31, 2017

At the moment, The World Food Programme (WFP) and the wider humanitarian system are #FightingFamine in four countries. In Somalia, Yemen, North-Eastern Nigeria and South Sudan 20 million people are on the brink of starvation. Our recent study “At the Root of Exodus” found that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders; UNHCR estimates that there are 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. The stakes are high, we need all the information we can get...

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In Kenyan Slum, Mobile Phones Pinpoint Better Water

Sarina A. Beges | FSI Stanford News | October 26, 2012

Single-room shacks with mud walls, metal roofs and dirt floors sleep families of eight here. Plastic bags filled with human waste are thrown into unpaved streets [...].Trash piles up in front of homes and storefronts. The flies are everywhere. People struggle to survive but the appetite for change is strong. Read More »

Is There Ebola On That Smartphone?

Aliya Sternstein | Nextgov.com | August 20, 2014

Medical staff treating patients with Ebola and other communicable diseases in Africa face a novel kind of smartphone security problem...

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Jenny Aker On Mobile Phones And Economic Development In Africa

Staff Writer | CDDRL News | November 9, 2009

Jenny Aker an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, provided an overview of the welfare impacts of mobile technologies and how current research is testing our assumptions about the benefits of mobile phones for individuals in developing countries. Read More »

Mobile Devices Linked To Better Health

Staff Writer | Bioscience Technology | February 19, 2013

More than 6 billion people worldwide (including almost 400 million in the United States) now carry mobile phones, which could be used to enhance mental and physical health, a Cornell researcher proposed. Read More »

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health To Ghanaian Moms

Suzanne Skees | Womens eNews | August 15, 2014

One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time...

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Mozilla Lights Up Preorders For Firefox OS-Driven Flame

Seth Rosenblatt | CNET | May 27, 2014

Firefox OS fans across the globe can now preorder Flame, the Web-based mobile operating system's first official reference phone...

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Mozilla's Firefox OS Readies For Africa Launch

Jo Best | ZD Net | November 6, 2014

The Mozilla Foundation has signed deals with three new operators to bring Firefox OS to the continent...

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New Data Sources Fuel Understanding of Public Health Emergencies

Kathleen Hickey | GCN | September 20, 2016

Remember when Google search results were first used to predict the flu? Now, data from mobile phones, social media and even grocery scanners has been shown to be effective at identifying patterns in epidemics. Standard travel data collection methods, however, are limited and often provide outdated data. Mobile phones, on the other hand, are nearly ubiquitous, and can serve as a rich data resource. Call data, which automatically provides time and location details, can help in understanding human mobility...

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