Public health projects may want to include a mobile strategy

If your civic engagement efforts focus on public health issues, you may want to take a peak at Pew Internet’s recently published Mobile Health 2012 report. Among the findings in the 29-page report:

  • 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone. Of those, 53% own smartphones.
  • One in three cell phone owners (31%) have used their phone to look for health information.
  • Cell phone owners who are Latino, African American, between the ages of 18‐49, or hold a college degree are also more likely to gather health information this way.

See the full report here.

StethoCloud: Australian College Students Build A Digital Stethoscope And Mobile App To Fight Childhood Pneumonia |TechCrunch

1.4 million children under the age of 5 die from pneumonia each year. A team of Australian college students participating in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup have come up with an innovative way to address the issue of early detection in developing countries.  Read the full story at TechCrunch.

Website reviews medical apps

I recently discovered iMedicalApps.com, a website where medical professionals review entries into the rapidly growing world of mHealth. From patient education to cardiac monitoring, mobile apps are contributing to health improvement in communities around the world. If you’re wondering if there is an app to help support your health-related projects, check this site out.

What role can mHealth technologies play in campus-community partnerships?

Students in health-related fields are required to have clinical experiences. This can make these areas of study great fits for community-engaged learning.

Increasingly, field experiences will provide access and followup using mobile technologies. To get a glimpse of the stuff that is already out there read As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All at Fast Company.