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WebFirst is well versed in the development of data collection systems based on mobile technologies both in low-resource and standard environments. Using various open source platforms, we’ve developed SMS (Text Messages)-based data collection mechanisms whereby users with standard mobile phones can collect data for a variety of applications. For example, from a global health perspective, our behavioral modification-based approach helps to improve vaccine compliance for parents in developing countries. This technology can also be used to increase patient compliance with various medical therapies e.g, sending patient reminders to take medications for chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, heart disease) on time. Since high-speed Internet access is not prevalent in many parts of the developing world (particularly in rural areas), it is important to provide health workers with low-cost tools that will run on very inexpensive cell phone technologies.
WebFirst has expertise with the following Platforms / Technologies:
Many data collection platforms exist in the world of mobile health. While these solutions are low-cost and effective for many mHealth interventions, they are limited in flexibility, scalability, and in their ability to publish and share data. In order to fully achieve the goals of the mHealth community (improve access to information, improve data reliability, improve the quality of care by providing better decision-support tools) it is important to consider platforms that are open and well-supported by a large developer community. By using platforms that have readily available modules, important functions can easily be added at relatively low cost. Some of these functions include: data quality review, workflow, data visualization/GIS and social media sharing, and the ability to collect data from and publish to a variety of platforms (web, android, iOS, SMS).
Mobile cellular penetration in developing countries passed the 50 per cent mark reaching an estimated 57 per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2009. Even though this remains well below the average in developed countries, where penetration exceeds 100 per cent, the rate of progress remains remarkable. Indeed, mobile cellular penetration in developing countries has more than doubled since 2005, when it stood at only 23 per cent.