Summary of Talk:
The enormous potential for mobile technology to transform health care, personal health management, and basic health research has led to the rapid development of new health-related phone applications and device attachments. The potential for mHealth and Information and communications technology (ICT) is especially relevant in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where cell phone ownership is rising rapidly, but access to traditional health care and providers is often limited. Mobile phones and wireless devices have also been explored as enabling technologies for health maintenance and prevention. Numerous platforms have already been developed that aim to improve health by influencing behaviors, such as eating, smoking and exercise patterns, and risk-related behavior. This presentation will describe the potential to use mHealth/ICT in the LMIC settings with an example of a pilot program in a resource poor setting of China.
Abu Abdullah, MD., MPH, PhD, FFPH (UK), is a Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University, China and a Research Professor of Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. He also has a faculty appointment at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and at Boston Medical Center where he had been working since 2005. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University, Professor Abdullah had spent more than a decade each, at the Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong and at Boston University School of Public Health and Medicine.
Professor Abdullah is a behavioral scientist and public health physician with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral interventions and health services & systems research. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH), UK Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy Medicine (FHKAM).