Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Abt Associates-led, USAID-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project held an informational event on the use of mobile technology to improve health outcomes, or mHealth, on June 17. The event highlighted how far mobile technology has come, and how much farther it can go.
SHOPS advisors, technical directors, and country representatives presented their experiences using mobile technology with SHOPS. A large audience of development practitioners attended the event at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C.
The SHOPS project mHealth advisor, Pamela Riley, opened the session by describing how the field has changed in the past four years. Riley reminded the audience of the very first time SHOPS created an SMS platform and contrasted it to recent technologies that demonstrate the potential for mobile health. View her presentation.
SHOPS’ approach and investment in mobile phone technologies will help to improve communication between the public and private sectors, to increase the cohesion among providers and to attract new private sector resources to public health.
The presentation included three example case studies:
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