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J Glob Health. 2013 Dec;3(2):020101. doi: 10.7189/jogh.03.020101.

mHealth series: New ideas for mHealth data collection implementation in low- and middle-income countries.

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Global eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK.
Department of Integrated Early Childhood Development, Capital Institute of Paediatrics, Beijing, China.
Croatian Centre for Global Health, University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia ; Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health, University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia.


The use of mobile devices in healthcare, or mHealth, has the potential to play an important role in low- and middle-income countries in a wide range of areas. A particular area with great potential to improve global health is using mHealth for data collection. We propose three ideas: (i) to validate and conduct household surveys, (ii) to monitor large-scale programs, and (iii) to measure the global burden of disease. We need to know more about mHealth interventions and their validity to maximise their potential.

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