School of Medicine - Emergency Medicine
The World Health Organization Global Observatory of eHealth (GOe) has suggested that technological methodologies, such as mobile phone based healthcare systems (mHealth), can improve health outcomes. In 2009, the GOe suggested that a majority of LMICs have implemented at least mHealth initiatives, however these technologies remain minimally utilized in Madhya Pradesh (MP). The use of mHealth for EMR may provide a means for virtual continuity of care and health surveillance to improve the acute and chronic healthcare of rural patients in MP. As a primary goal of my Focused Advanced Specialized Training (FAST) project during residency, I hope to pilot mHealth tools in villages in MP.
During my elective project I plan to approach potential pilot villages to develop relationships with the community and obtain survey data to assess needs, feasibility and accessiblity. Using surveys and focused group discussions I hope to assess the best use of mHealth technology for the target population. Importantly, I plan to address the perceptions and prejudices of villagers regarding mHealth technologies to maintain a culturally sensitive approach to the project. I will also survey physicians and pharmacists in surrounding urban centers to assess the utility of these tools to
healthcare providers. Ultimately, funding from the Leitman grant will allow me to obtain data that will create a well informed framework for projects I aim to continue throughout residency and my career. I strongly believe that this elective will allow me to utilize my skills to improve the health of an underserved rural population.
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Indore
Madhya Pradesh, India