Mobile Health: The Potential of Mobile Telephony to Bring Health Care to the Majority

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Acute and emerging epidemiological challenges are encouraging public sector to welcome and support the development of increasingly innovative health care initiatives. Given that nearly 70 out of every 100 people carry a mobile phone in the region, if the easy-to-use mobile platform can be applied to health care to contribute to increased equity, mobile care could also contribute to improved clinical outcomes and productivity, as well as to better public health monitoring and education. Several positive factors support the development of mobile health services (sometimes called m-health) in Latin America today. Latin America currently enjoys high population coverage by the mobile phone network.