Developing Equitable and Sustainable mHealth Systems for Developing Countries
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) carry a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases. The shortage of health professionals and structural resources further compounds this problem, and the resultant low quality of care leads to decreased life expectancy and quality of life. One feasible solution for better health delivery systems is to leverage mobile technology to enhance existing service delivery. In this talk, I will present an mHealth application for the delivery of personalized upper extremity stroke assessment and rehabilitation for individuals without ready access to, or geographic proximity to rehabilitation services (the outREACH system). I will then introduce the mPOWERED system for intimate partner violence care that will enable health care providers to perform culturally sensitive screening and assessments, enhance their knowledge about intimate partner violence, document injuries, and refer patients to specialists for follow-up treatment and care. The use of context-appropriate mHealth systems have the potential to change how medical care is delivered in countries where a large proportion of the population lives in rural areas and suffer a deficit of experienced health professionals.
Charmayne Hughes is a Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D in motor behavior from Purdue University in 2010, and completed her postdoctoral work at Bielefeld University, the Technical University of Munich, and Nanyang Technological University. Using her background in motor control neuroscience and engineering she seeks to elucidate the impact of violence and trauma on underlying neurocognitive and neuromotor functioning, and to develop scientific, engineering and technological solutions that benefit resource-constrained and vulnerable populations.