The two will develop a regional platform with a menu of mobile applications that ministries of health, donors and NGOs could use for consumer education, health worker tools, mobile money, and data collection. USAID/Orange will replicate the mobile services in a number of African countries. The deal was sealed at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, D.C.
“With the increasing use and decreasing cost of mobile phones, leveraging mobile phone technology to accelerate access to health information and services is a game changer,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Global Health. “USAID’s partnerships with private companies, such as Orange, enable us to have a larger impact in a cost-effective manner.”
The mHealth platforms will run on Orange mobile networks to send alerts and share resources around family planning and maternal health and childcare.Healthcare workers will be able to use the technology to share medical expertise, collaborate with specialists regardless of location, and improve patient care. Niger and other countries are currently under exploration.
“There is a tremendous amount of good that mobile technology and digital innovations can bring to improve the quality of healthcare to those less fortunate,” said Thierry Zylberberg, Director, Orange Healthcare. “Together with USAID, we are creating innovative mHealth platforms that open up the opportunities for remote patient monitoring or healthcare workers to make better-informed decisions and facilitate quality care for all citizens.”
Orange has mobile and fixed networks in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East.