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m-Powering Development Initiative

Harnessing Mobile Technology to Build an Inclusive Information Society

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This report summarizes the latest work undertaken in relation to the m-Powering Development Initiative based on the findings of Working Groups of experts on m-Health, m-Learning, m Commerce, Business Models and Advocacy to capitalize on and promote the new opportunities afforded by the growing availability and reach of mobile technology. The Working Groups identify the key stakeholders engaged in their respective domains of activity and cite real life examples of m powering good practices that can be replicated. The main identified gaps and challenges are also highlighted, as are recommended steps to address them. It also highlights the main conclusions reached by the m Powering Development Initiative Working Groups in their endeavour to leverage the transformative power of mobile technology for the common good, especially in the less developed and remote parts of the world.

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Working Group on M-Health

M-Health is considered as a component or subset of e-Health that brings tremendous benefits to patients, healthcare providers, healthcare payers and governments. To date, no standardised definition of m-Health has been established. WHO defines m-Health or mobile health as: “Medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices. m-Health involves the use and capitalization on a mobile phone’s core utility of voice and short messaging service (SMS) as well as more complex functionalities and applications including general packet radio service (GPRS), third and fourth generation mobile telecommunications (3G and 4G systems), global positioning system (GPS), and Bluetooth technology”.

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