The mHealth Alliance and the Stop TB Partnership have released a report outlining ways that mobile health technology could be used to combat tuberculosis, FierceMobileHealthcare reports.
The report -- titled, "The Role of mHealth in the Fight Against Tuberculosis" -- notes that mobile devices and software could help:
- Diagnose TB in the field;
- Educate patients and families about TB;
- Encourage patients to adhere to TB medication regimens by offering mobile credits or other incentives; and
- Monitor TB diagnoses and treatment using mobile GPS locator systems.
The mHealth Alliance and the Stop TB Partnership said they plan to create work groups to help link TB control projects with the mobile health community. The work groups will include software developers, health care providers and other mobile health stakeholders (Jackson, FierceMobileHealthcare, 6/12).