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Global Health Informatics : Principles of Ehealth and Mhealth to Improve Quality of Care (Paperback)
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Disease has no respect for country borders. Increased global travel has fueled the spread of infectious disease as evidenced by the Ebola virus epidemic. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, initially confined to the developed world, now exist side-by-side malnutrition in low and middle-income countries (LMIC's). Global warming is widening the endemicity of vector-borne diseases.
One driving force that sweeps across nations even faster than disease is technology. The spread of mobile phones that bring computational power and data to our fingertips has led to new paradigms in tracking and battling disease. This book explores ways to leverage technology to combat disease and promote health especially in resource-constrained settings.
The book was born out of the volunteer organization Sana, hosted by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sana consists of doctors, informaticians, engineers, public health practitioners, business entrepreneurs, social scientists, and others who share the goal of improving quality of healthcare in resource-poor settings.