Global collaboration changing healthcare
mHealth’s been around for a while, and it’s still expanding its impact and relevance for Africa. Lots of big names are stepping up, such as Apple with its various iHealth devices, Google’s aspirations with Glass, and Samsung with its wearables. Among the global throng, it’s important that entrepreneurs emerge who know both Africa and its health systems. This should help to create Apps that fit the role and perspective of African health workers. Even then, it’s still tricky and success can still be elusive.
The Open Medicine Project (TOMPSA) is based in Cape Town. It’s an mHealth initiative with several successful projects that match technological innovations to practical challenges to health service delivery on the ground in South Arica and in other African countries. It’s shaping up to play its part in exploring mHealth’s contribution to African healthcare strengthening.