We often think of technology creating better, faster, more advanced healthcare solutions in developed countries. Yet digital health solutions have, in fact, shown great promise and potential in low- and middle-income countries as well. The tools needed to support healthcare delivery are already widespread and widely used– on average, around 8 in 10 people in developing economies own a mobile phone, and the number is steadily rising.
Mobile devices are an ideal way to reach people in these countries to improve healthcare. They can help remove barriers to accessing care, improve care delivery for both healthcare providers and patients, empower patients through targeted messaging, and collect real-time data to optimize resources and decision-making.
But just having the technology in place isn’t enough –we need to learn how to use it to deliver care that is sustainable and scalable, and improves outcomes for patients.
Therefore, it is critical that we share knowledge on how best to use technology to improve patient reach and quality of care in a way that is scalable for the longer term. That’s why we co-hosted a dialogue event together with the Ministry of Health Ghana and the Ghana Health Service on digital health in Accra in June. There, we heard diverse experiences across Africa on how to achieve impact at scale.