Thursday, October 25, 2012

#Health2STAT Think Global - Act Mobile - Alison Pilsner - @InfieldHealth

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Think Global, Act Mobile: How mobile technologies are helping to change the face of global public health

There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the potential of mobile communications to drastically improve healthcare services, even in some of the most remote and poverty-stricken locations worldwide. In many parts of the world, epidemics, natural disasters, and a shortage of healthcare workers continue to present challenges; however, over the last decade, the explosive growth of mobile communications offers a new hope for the promotion of quality healthcare. This presentation will focus on how mobile technologies have helped impact health awareness, outcomes, and behavior change in the developing world.

Alison Pilsner, MPH, CPH, CHES is a Health Strategist at Infield Health with a diverse background of experiences using emerging technologies, social media, and mobile solutions as a way to improve reach and engagement of public health interventions and campaigns. A recent Boulder, CO, transplant from Washington, DC, Alison is primarily responsible for matching Infield products to the needs of health institutions. Alison was inspired to pursue a career in public health with a goal of developing products and better models of prevention to empower everyone to take control of their health. Her recent experience includes serving as the eHealth Ambassador for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) suite of projects where she consulted on the use of emerging technologies and mobile solutions. Fluent in Spanish, Alison serves as an affiliate faculty member for the MisiĆ³n de Amistad global healthcare mission in Central/South America several times a year. In addition, Alison sits on the Advisory Board for My Bridge 4 Life™. Alison completed a Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship at the NCI in Health communication and Informatics and a LEND Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the University of Pittsburgh. Alison holds both an MPH and BS from the University of Pittsburgh, is CHES certified, and was a member of the charter class to receive the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential in 2008.

Mobile Technology is reshaping the developing world.

Mobile reach further in to developing countries than any other technology.

There are now 1B smartphones world wide. That's 15% of the world population.

Here are some examples:

SMS for Life

Reduced clinics running out of meds from 90% to 6% during a pilot program. Tanzania is now deploying to 5,000 health facilities. IBM and Vodafone piloted this.

SMS For Life prompts health staff to check their supplies of anti-malaria medications on a weekly basis.

ChildCount - improves child health in Kenya.

Measurements transmission times were reduced from 2-3 months to 2-3 minutes.

64,800 times faster than paper-based systems.


India national rural health mission. Trained 3/4M health activists and educates then via phone.