Fiji to use mobile phones to detect communicable diseases
14 September 2010
The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Fiji Ministry of Health received mobile phones from WHO as part of a new programme called Mobile-Health. The objective is to speed up notification of outbreak-prone diseases of potential public health concern. Nurses and doctors in certain surveillance sites can report cases using text messages. Once the data reach a server, the national surveillance coordinator will be able to analyze them and take any appropriate action. Mobile technologies can be useful tools in improving health information. Fiji is a frontline country for health information systems standards. HMN will be sending a delegation to the mHealth summit in Washington D.C. in November.