Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Third International Conference, MobiHealth 2012, Paris, France, November 21-23, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

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A Mobile Healthcare System for Sub-saharan Africa

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-37893-5_8,
        author={Bakia Bisong and Etienne Asonganyi and Andrii Gontarenko and Alexander Semenov and Jari Veijalainen},
        title={A Mobile Healthcare System for Sub-saharan Africa},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Third International Conference, MobiHealth 2012, Paris, France, November 21-23, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2013},
        month={4},
        keywords={mHealth Functional Requirements Cameroon},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-37893-5_8}
    }
    
  • Bakia Bisong
    Etienne Asonganyi
    Andrii Gontarenko
    Alexander Semenov
    Jari Veijalainen
    Year: 2013
    A Mobile Healthcare System for Sub-saharan Africa
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37893-5_8
Bakia Bisong1,*, Etienne Asonganyi2,*, Andrii Gontarenko1,*, Alexander Semenov1,*, Jari Veijalainen1,*
  • 1: University of Jyvaskyla
  • 2: Kumba District Hospital
*Contact email: holmes.b.j.bisong@jyu.fi, etienne.asonganyi@gmail.com, velotelo@gmail.com, alexander.v.semenov@jyu.fi, jari.a.veijalainen@jyu.fi

Abstract

The disparity between healthcare systems in developed countries and underdeveloped countries is huge, particularly due to the fact that the healthcare infrastructure of former is based on a sophisticated technological infrastructure. Efforts are being made worldwide to bridge this disparity and make healthcare services affordable even to the most remote areas of undeveloped countries. Recent growth of mobile networks in underdeveloped countries argues for building mHealth systems and applications on their basis. However, peculiarities of the area introduce difficulties into potential use cases of mobile devices, thus making the copying of mHealth services from developed countries inapplicable. In this paper, we present the functional requirements for a patient medical record system running partially on mobile devices and architectural choices for this system. Requirements are based on the circumstances of the Republic of Cameroon. In addition we discuss the country-level benefits that may appear after deployment of such a system.