How Can mHealth Applications that Are Developed in One Area of the Developing World Be Adapted for Use in Others?

Emmanuel Eze, Rob Gleasure, Ciara Heavin

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The quality of healthcare in developing countries remains a critical issue, due in part to the limited infrastructure and resources available. The development of mHealth systems has been proposed as a possible solution. These systems extend the reach of medical care into rural areas by integrating smartphones and other mobile devices. Yet it is not clear how mHealth solutions designed and tested for use in one developing region can be adapted for use in others. This research-in-progress study frames this problem using a sociomaterial/coping perspective. A case study is proposed to extend and refine this model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Decision Systems
Issue numberSupplement 1
Pages (from-to)536-541
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventOpen Conference of the IFIP WG8.3: Big Data, Better Decisions, Brighter Future - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 22 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


ConferenceOpen Conference of the IFIP WG8.3: Big Data, Better Decisions, Brighter Future
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  • Health care
  • Developing countries
  • Mobile technology
  • Sociomateriality
  • Coping theory
  • mHealth
  • Decision support

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