Towards an SMS-based Social Network for Health Workers in Rural Areas in Myanmar

TitleTowards an SMS-based Social Network for Health Workers in Rural Areas in Myanmar
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsVogt, J, Martin, E, Portmann, E, Mahmud, N
Conference Name3rd International Conference on Informatics, Electronics and Vision (ICIEV)
Date PublishedMay
KeywordsCommunity health workers, mHealth. ICD-10, Rural health
Abstract

Seventy percent of the population in Myanmar lives in rural areas. Although health workers are adequately trained, they are overburdened due to understaffing and insufficient supplies. Literature confirms that information and communication technologies can extend the reach of healthcare. In this paper, we present an SMS-based social network that aims to help health workers to interact with other medical professionals through topic-based message delivery. Topics describe interests of users and the content of message. A message is delivered by matching message content with user interests. Users describe topics as ICD- 10 codes, a comprehensive medical taxonomy. In this ICD-10 coded SMS, a set of prearranged codes provides a common language for users to send structured information that fits inside an SMS.

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