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Mobile Technologies for Delivering Healthcare in Remote, Rural or Developing Regions

Mobile Technologies for Delivering Healthcare in Remote, Rural or Developing Regions


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This edited book explores the use of mobile technologies such as phones, drones, robots, Apps, and wearable monitoring devices for improving access to healthcare for socially disadvantaged populations in remote, rural or developing regions. This book brings together examples of large scale, international projects from developing regions of China and Belt and Road countries from researchers in Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Spain, Thailand and China. The chapters discuss the challenges presented to those seeking to deploy emerging mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones, IoT, drones, robots etc.) for healthcare (mHealth) in developing countries and discuss the solutions undertaken in these case study projects.

This book brings together the joint work in mHealth projects across multiple disciplines (Software, healthcare, mobile communications, entrepreneurship and business and social development). Bringing together research from different institutions and disciplines, the editors illustrate the technical and entrepreneurial aspects of using mobile technologies for healthcare development in remote regions. Chapters are grouped into five key themes: the global challenge, portable health clinics, sustainable and resilient mHealth services, mHealth for the elderly, and mHealth for chronic illnesses.

The book will be of particular interest to engineers, entrepreneurs, NGOs and researchers working in healthcare in sustainable development settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839530470
Publisher: The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Publication date: 09/26/2020
Series: Healthcare Technologies Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pradeep Kumar Ray is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, China, and currently leads the international initiative mHealth for Belt and Road region (mHBR) involving more than 10 countries. Pradeep works on a range of innovative projects on eHealth and mHealth (jointly with industry, governments and global bodies like WHO, EU and IEEE) in eHealth and mHealth across the Asia Pacific region. He founded the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth in UNSW-Australia. He also founded IEEE Healthcom, a premier international event held annually since 1999.

Naoki Nakashima is a professor and Director at the Medical Information Center of Kyushu University Hospital, and also a visiting professor of National Institute of Informatics, Japan. He is the leader for mHealth for Parkinsons Disease in mHBR. He is vice-president of the Japan Association for Medical Informatics (JAMI). He is also a founding member (2003) and past-vice director (2012) of the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC) in Kyushu University.

Ashir Ahmed is an associate professor at the department of advanced information technology in Kyushu University, Japan and director of Global Communication Centre (GCC) projects at Grameen Communications, Bangladesh. Ashir leads the Portable Health Clinic project in mHBR. His research aims to produce and promote ICT based social services for remote communities in the world.

Soong-Chul (Sam) Ro is an associate professor and leader of the Bangladesh Challenge Project at the Centre For Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI), People's Republic of China. He also leads the Global Challenge project of mHBR. He has created and overseen several CSR projects, in partnership with NGOs and private companies. He is an honorary member of the Korean Diakonia Welfare Foundation.

Yasuhiro Soshino is the director of the International Medical Relief at Japan Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital, Japan. He also leads the Drones project at mHBR. He works closely with governments and industry in reaching medical relief in disaster affected areas using drones and has extensive experience in leading Red Cross disaster relief missions following natural disasters. He has been working on a range of disaster relief technologies including photovoltaics, IoT and drones.

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Global Challenge
    • Chapter 1: Role of the University for Sustainable Development
    • Chapter 2: Be friends with the future: Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaboration System in the Field of Medical Health
    • Chapter 3: Use of Mobile Health Application to Support Belt and Road Initiatives: A Cross-sectional study in China and Bangladesh
    • Chapter 4: Behind the Popularity of 'Online Mutual Aid': how does the Chinese one-child policy generation appraise and control cancer risk of their aging parents?
    • Chapter 5: Understanding health professionals' perspective on delivering health information on social media: A case study in Bangladesh

  • Section 2: Portable Health Clinic
    • Chapter 6: Mapping the Need for Preventive Healthcare Services in Remote South Asian Communities
    • Chapter 7: Portable Health Clinic: Concept, Design and Implementation, Technical and Social Challenges
    • Chapter 8: Modular Expansion of PHC in Bangladesh
    • Chapter 9: PHC and case studies of remote healthcare services in Asian Countries
    • Chapter 10: Personal Health Record in Japan, China, and Bangladesh
    • Chapter 11: Telemedical education in Asia

  • Section 3: Sustainable and Resilient mHealth Services
    • Chapter 12: Generic Disaster Information Model for Message Delivery Triage in Disaster Response
    • Chapter 13: Application and Development of Drones for Health Services in Developing Countries
    • Chapter 14: Build Back Better in the Drone Application by the Nepal Flying Labs
    • Chapter 15: Sustainable and Resilient Community Development by Drones

  • Section 4: mHealth for the Elderly
    • Chapter 16: Mitigating Isolation and Loneliness with Technology through Emotional Care by Social Robots in Remote Areas
    • Chapter 17: Healthcare Robots for Elderly People: A Review of the Robotic Solutions, Use Cases and Barriers
    • Chapter 18: The integration of robots and wearables
    • Chapter 19: The usability of smart speakers for seniors

  • Section 5: mHealth for Chronic Illnesses
    • Chapter 20: The Status of Healthcare Service Delivery Systems Comparison, Mobile Health, and Healthcare Service Design
    • Chapter 21: What is Going on in Digital Health Communities? A Typology of Support Exchanges for Cancer Patients
    • Chapter 22: Business and Legal Framework for the exchange of mhealth data for aged care across countries
    • Chapter 23: Applications of Machine Learning Techniques in the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease: Promises and Challenges
    • Chapter 24: Assessment of vulnerability to natural disasters for emergency management in Victoria, Australia

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