MHEALTH-HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Loes van Driel

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4 thoughts on “MHEALTH-HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD

  1. Joia de Jong says:

    Dear Loes,

    What an interesting case you have selected! Very socially relevant and important in combatting inequalities around the world.

    From your argument, I get that their are opportunities and pitfalls in the domain of m-Health. On the one hand, healthcare can become more accessible and people can become more aware of their own health. On the other hand, the social, economic and technological inequalities require m-health to adjust their Apps to the developing countries in order to be effective.

    Within your argument, you secretly use the persepctives of great philosophers (Foucault – Gaze, Bourdieu – social capital) to actually criticize the over-optimistic view of m-health. I really admire how you have connected m-health to power struggles concerning inequality, privacy and technology. You do this in a very understandable way, which I think would appeal to people.

    The questions that pop up for me in relation to your video are:
    – What kind of possible gratifications does m-health has to offer to people themselves in developing countries? Do you think is healthcare access enough? Or do you think the other features of self-diagnostics etc. are also of salience for people in developing countries?
    – In your talk, you state that much more research is necessary into m-health. What kind of research is still required? What kind of domains need to be researched?
    – Is m-health a public, government initative or is it mainly sponsored by corporates?
    – What is internationally required to bring m-health further? Is this creating better connectivity and technological advancement? Or does it have to do with arranging laws and regulation concerning these mobile health apps?

    Of course, these questions derive from inspiration and you will not be able to answer them all. As I formerly said, I liked the critical outlook in your video. The only thing for me is which critical lens should I adopt when trying to improve m-health, is it the inequality, privacy or technology lens? Or all at the same time?

    Kind regards,
    Joia

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  2. Joelle Boekhold says:

    Dear Loes,

    I really liked your video and viewpoint on the concept of M-Health. Regarding the video, the statistics and slides that you show support your argument which makes it easy to follow. Also your tone of voice and speaking pace are very good.

    Concerning the content of the video, I liked that you focused on different aspects of M-health. You discussed privacy issues, economic boundaries, geographical boundaries and others.
    Since your research question is quite general about developing countries as a whole, it might be interesting to focus on one developing country as a case study. Are there any examples of developing countries where M-health is being implemented succesfully? Regarding the infrastructure that is not well developed in most countries, I wondered if this form of healthcare online would also be applicable for the citizens of rural areas.

    You mention in the video that it has not reached its full potential in the developed world yet. Why is this the case? What is stopping the development of M-health? Could it be that a obstruction in the developed world is not visible in the developing countries?
    Overall I really liked your video, because of its clarity and interesting viewpoints. I am positive that your paper will be very interesting!

    Kind regards,

    Joelle Boekhold

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  3. Elisabeth Sokol says:

    Dear Loes,

    I think this is a very interesting case that you chose. I have never heard about this term before. It is very relevant to study the emerge of mHealth, due to the fact that it has appeared from eHealth, in order to use information and communication technologies. I think it is very interesting that the application includes the use of mobile devices when collecting data on community and clinical health, and when delivering information about healthcare to practitioners, and patients, if I understand it correctly. However, is this application funded by the government? This would be an interesting aspect to touch upon.

    I think it is great that you start with a clear definition, and continue talking about the implications of mHealth with a clear focus on mobile technology. I do understand that this might be a more difficult application to use in developing countries opposing to developed economies. Since one of the problems for starters is the bad access to the Internet, which obviously is a major concern in the developing world. It is also expensive to own a smartphone, or it might be difficult for seniors in rural areas to understand how to use one. In the video, you explained that individuals in developing countries who make use of mHealth use this as a self diagnostic tool, to be aware of their health. But in turn they may be scared to find out the results, however is this any different in comparison to the situation in the Western World?

    It seems logical that mHealth regulations are different across nations. Protection of the data and the perception of surveillance issues, would be different in the developing world. Understandable, however why? I would have liked to see you address this a little more, why it would be so different in the Western World. I also would have found it interesting if you mentioned where this application is already implemented and in what parts of the developed world this is already used (what countries?)

    I think you explained this case in a really understandable and logical way. You did an excellent job on addressing mHealth, and also putting it into perspective. You mentioned several reasons why this implementation is different in the developing world opposing to the Western World, and you also named the reasons. You mentioned big data, and surveillance issues. And you also touched upon the significance of regulations. Thinking about this topic, I would also like to know more about the possible economic potential it would have for developing countries. Thank you for a very critical video, about an interesting topic!

    Kind regards,
    Elisabeth

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  4. Payal Arora says:

    Dear Loes,
    I enjoyed watching your video and listening to you build the case on M-health systematically and clearly. Your pace and delivery definitely helps us as an audience grasp the subject. I also liked the way in which you patiently educated the audience on what is M-health before going into the critical aspects of privacy, cultural barriers, technological access etc. To add to the insightful comments above, I would like to have seen more specific examples used to illustrate your point. This would bring this subject to life especially in this kind of video format. Also, while it seems like you used multiple references, you cited D-tree substantively, giving an impression that this source was dominant in shaping your argument. Overall, this does open up our interest to this field as you have seen with the rich series of questions posed above.

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