Qualcomm Helping with mHealth in India

This week, Spice Global and Qualcomm confirmed plans to leverage mobile technology and communications systems to give mHealth a boost inside one of the world’s most populous nations.

The goal is to increase mobile access to doctors and nurses for patients who reside in areas where such access is presently limited.

As a result, Spice Global, in association with Qualcomm, will launch a slate of mHealth services in India sometime in 2014 if all goes as planned.

“Spice Global in association with Qualcomm will launch health services in India using mobile devices by next year,” says BK Modi, founder and chairman of Spice Global. “Also, in a couple of months, we will first start the mobile health services in Singapore.”

The aim of Spice Global’s mHealth imitative in India is to provide health services on the go through mobile phones, and this is not the first time Spice has experimented with health services. In 2011, Spice had launched Jeeyo Healthy services – an interactive voice response (IVR) based education and awareness service about common ailments. The service provided medical help from experts 24X7.

“When we launch mobile health services in India, we will leverage WiFi, 3G and 4G networks to provide a platform where patients can consult doctors using their mobile phones,” Modi says, according to a report in The Mobile Indian. Initially our aim is to prove mobile health services in tier 1 and tier 2 cites because people staying there are usually deprived of quality health services.”

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Dr Anandhi Ramachandran
Dr Anandhi Ramachandran

There are great predictions and future plans by many for using m-health for betterment of health. But where are the funders who provide funding for research in m-health especially regarding behavior change, acceptance by users and outcomes?