mHealth: Mobile technology to strengthen family planning programs.

L'Engle K; Succop S; Lee C; Sortijas S; Raney L; Zan T
Washington, D.C., United States Agency for International Development [USAID], 2013 Jul. 8 p. (High Impact Practices in Family Planning [HIP] Brief; HIP Enhancement)

mHealth (mobile health) is an emerging field that uses mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives (WHO 2011). mHealth approaches may hold the potential to strengthen family planning programming, including reaching underserved populations and addressing critical health-systems issues in areas such as human resources, health management information systems, and financing. This eight-page brief discusses the potential impact of this new technology and provides tips that represent a synthesis of lessons learned from published literature, gray literature, and in-depth interviews with 18 mHealth experts.

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