Growing Pains for Mobile Health

The digital technology revolution has swept global health in the past decade, making its mark from supply chain management to frontline health worker training. But this initial “unchecked enthusiasm” hasn’t been met with robust evidence of their payoff, write Alain Labrique and colleagues.

Early proof-of-concept mobile health projects ended up in a “state of disarray” when it came to scaling up, and several research gaps still remain.

Growing pains have raised questions about the value of mHealth—change is hard when systems culminate “decades of professional practices layered upon each other.” But amid the needs of swelling populations, systemic changes must be made.
 
Global Health Science and Practice (Commentary)

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