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Wireless Wednesday- Opportunities and Challenges for Adoption of mHealth Solutions in Kenya

Mobile technologies are making a significant contribution in addressing the challenges of healthcare provision in Kenya. mHealth, is seen as a complementary strategy for strengthening health systems and could significantly cut costs, increase the reach and accessibility of healthcare services in the country.
Some of the key opportunities for mHealth are enhancing quality, improving convenience,extending reach and reducing the cost of healthcare. A major obstacle to the rate of adoption of mHealth solutions is the lack of standardisation and regulatory frameworks to guide its scale-up. In addition, inadequate monitoring and evaluation and use of meaningful, consistent indicators and rigorous evaluation methods for cost-effectiveness may make it difficult to scale up mHealth solutions.

Previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

Previous Wireless Wednesday meetup on mHealth

m:lab East Africa will host a meetup dubbed “Wireless Wednesday” on mHealth on 23th July 2014. The meetup is themed:  “Opportunities and challenges for adoption of mhealth solutions in Kenya.” The meetup is a two hour mobile for Health forum where mobile app developers meet industry practitioners to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges in the health sector and how the challenges could be addressed through mobile phone technology.
Specifics of the event;
Date: 23rd July 2014
Venue: m:Lab East Africa’s offices (3rd Floor, Bishop Magua Center, Ngong Road)
Time: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
Key discussants during the event will be:
[list type=”bullet”] [li]Vincent Sunda- Community Health Extension Worker Gikipa Health Unit[/li] [li]Juliana Kimatia-Embakasi Subcounty Health Focal Point[/li] [li]Felix Kimaru – Entrepreneur and Director Totohealth[/li] [li]Carol wanyoike-Parent among others[/li] [/list]
To participate in the event, RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday.  Some observations made in the past Wireless Wednesday meetups on mHealth may be found in this blog article.
Wireless Wednesday meetups organized by m:lab East Africa are aimed at creating a forum for exchange of views and networking between mobile application developers and practitioners in various industry sectors. The series of meetups on mHealth in particular aims to give the different  stakeholders in the health sector a platform to share their thoughts on how to grow the regional mHealth ecosystem.
Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Participants networking after Wireless Wednesday Meetup

Video clips of discussions and issues raised during Wireless Wednesday meetups are available to the public through m:lab East Africa’s youtube channel. A pictorial view of the discussion and the ensuing networking are available at the meetup’s photo stream.

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