mHealth News Recaps Lessons for Global and mHealth Efforts in Ebola Response

Mobile technologies played a significant – and often overlooked – role in the containment of the Ebola epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and could very well serve as the foundation for future healthcare initiatives on the continent.

“In many instances … mobile devices provided crucial information for treating the epidemic,” Darrell West, of the Brookings Institution, said during a Thursday morning panel presentation in Washington.

West, vice president and director of governance studies and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, moderated the panel discussion, which featured two executives familiar with Nigeria’s efforts to contain the epidemic and Debbie Theobald of Vecna Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that provided remote technology in some of the hardest hit regions and is working in Nigeria and other countries on other mHealth projects.

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