New technologies with sustainable solutions are at the heart of any mHealth program, but how much do our investments really cost? Can we quantify their value? The recent blog post by Alison Foster and Kate Tulenko at IntraHealth International, a strategic partner on the K4Health Project, explores the advancements we’ve made in eHealth and mHealth over the past several years, highlighting various guidelines, tools, and frameworks. The authors also raise questions about costing and cost comparison.
The authors feature mSakhi, a mobile learning platform for accredited social health activities that provides pregnancy counseling and health education for newborn care to women in India. mSakhi is also used for prenatal and antenatal care and other integrated services. IntraHealth International is working with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in India to further explore the costs of mSakhi with the goal to eventually expand support to the Indian government to track improved health outcomes resulting from the mHealth application.