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American Journal of Modeling and Optimization. 2014, 2(3), 73-76
DOI: 10.12691/ajmo-2-3-2
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mHealth: A Sustainable Healthcare Model for Developing World

Sharmin Jahan1 and M. Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury2,

1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar Universtity, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jahangirnagar Universtity, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: August 19, 2014

Cite this paper:
Sharmin Jahan and M. Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury. mHealth: A Sustainable Healthcare Model for Developing World. American Journal of Modeling and Optimization. 2014; 2(3):73-76. doi: 10.12691/ajmo-2-3-2

Abstract

Health is a basic requirement to improve the quality of life. Providing effective health care is an essential component towards the social and economic development of a country. A large number of people in the developing countries, particularly in rural and remote areas, remained with no or little access to health care facilities. However, recent emergence of mobile communication technologies could play in improving healthcare services. There is a great potential in using mHealth as one of the supportive systems within the healthcare sector to solve the inequalities in healthcare delivery between rural and urban hospitals. This research aims to evaluate the potentialities, issues and challenges of developing mobile healthcare system in the developing world. We have proposed a potential mHealth model based on mobile telecommunication networks. This research offers a set of guidelines to aid the implementation of a successful mobile healthcare system.

Keywords:
healthcare mHealth e-Health mobile telecommunication

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