3 ways mHealth helped stop the spread of Ebola

Darrell West, VP and Director of Governance Studies, and Joshua Bleiberg, Research Analyst in Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institute discuss the role of mHealth in the Ebola response. During the height of the Ebola crisis in September 2014 there were 21 confirmed cases of the virus and 8 deaths in Nigeria. There were a variety of factors that contributed to Nigeria’s success at combating the disease. One important factor was the use of mobile electronic health records programs. Mobile technology helped healthcare workers in three primary ways: through providing a framework for training healthcare workers, aiding in rapid data collection, and providing a method for sharing that data for swifter action.

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