Mobile Diagnosis is an association aimed at sharing knowledge and providing diagnostic support to health care workers worldwide. The technology uses mobile phones for the collation and dissemination of diagnostic images, whether from microscope or other optical bio-medical devices (otho-scope, entero-scope, etc.). Mobile Diagnosis association believes that mobile-phone technology can be a powerful educational tool for health workers in developing countries.
The Mobile Diagnosis association is composed of a creative team of young professionals in web design, engineers, project specialists and other professionals. The team works to increase the visibility of Mobile Diagnosis, and to create opportunities for the development of new educational methods such as long distance training, learning, and to keep users up-to-date on diagnosis issues.
The Mobile Diagnosis association was established recently and its work and activities are in development stage. Besides advocating for mobile phone technology for diagnostic purposes and access to diagnosis services in remote areas in developing countries, the association also works in countries (Uganda, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) to teach the low cost method to health workers.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The launch of low cost mobile diagnosis schools in low resource setting areas is one of the association's main projects. Such schools have been conducted in Uganda (rural area of Gulu); Bangladesh (rural areas of Comilla, Tangail and Dinajpur), and in Afghanistan (Herat). The schools have been a unique opportunity to build a network of health workers qualified in telepathology and telemedicine, and to create a platform for the exchange of knowledge in medical diagnosis.