Today’s post comes from the Cancer InCytes Magazine Blog; you can find the original post by Uduak Thomas, M.A., here.

Cancer and mHealth: A Case Study in India

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “mobile health,” or mHealth, as a subset “electronic health” that is concerned with the “use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives.” It covers things such as health call centers, emergency tool-free telephone services, mobile telemedicine, mobile patient records, decision support systems, and other services.

It’s clear that mobile technologies, particularly cellular phones, are becoming cheaper and gaining in popularity globally including in poorer countries. One statistic from the International Telecommunication Union puts the number of wireless subscribers at around 5 billion with over 70 percent living in low and middle income countries.