Malaria Geo-Localization with Mobile-Health Applications
21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015 Last revised: 15 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 25, 2015
The purpose of this paper is to show how mobile health (M-health) applications may help geo-localization of malaria diffusion. This process innovation enhances quick diagnosis and selected treatment of malaria, TBC, and parasitic diseases. The background is represented by godforsaken environments that show disconnections between remote (cloud) diagnostic equipment and onsite ICT devices, constituting a bottleneck for M-health applications. This paper examines cost-effective strategies to fill the gap. M-health malaria applications are sustainable if they properly coordinate sponsoring partners (NGOs, meta-data processing TLCs, etc.) to needy patients. Health planning and management can be substantially improved with geographic information systems (GIS) linked to timely supply chains. Evidence from Uganda shows that diffusion of smartphones can provide real-time data transmission, improving malaria monitoring and treatment.
Keywords: Malaria tracking; telemedicine; mobile phones; geographic information systems; networks
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