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.
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.
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.
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.
Every session from the recent mHealth Summit in Washington. The mHealth Summit is an annual event that brings together leaders in government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector, to “advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad.”
“The United States and other industrialized countries can learn from experiments in the developing world that use the humble cell phone as a platform for innovation.” Read the full article, “Opportunities in Mobile Health,” at the Stanford Social Innovation Review.